4-20-06 - British Punk

4-20-06 - British Punk - American Punk Cont. Talking Heads...

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American Punk Cont. Talking Heads Formed 1975; most arty of NY bands; became very successful Music: idiosyncratic, delicate textures and quirky melodies o Later incorporations include Nigerian juju music Critique of masculinity: David Byrne’s vocals: thin, dry, fragile; closer to glam than punk, but not as sexy “Psycho Killer” (1977) Punk attitude in lyric theme: social alienation and violence Pounding rhythm in bass guitar and drums, spare guitar texture Shifts in vocal timbre (speaking, singing, wailing), and language o Evokes unstable, psychotic frame of mind Usage of French as a class critique psychotic break British Punk Overview Another British invasion Malcolm McLaren: takes American punk to Britain Lack of American Dream in Britain (no idea of upward mobility) o Feudal class system still has remnants of social tracking and concept of class o Punk is a sound of the working class, not arts scene Background Late 1960s and early 1970s: influx of immigrants from Jamaica
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2010 for the course MUSIC 221 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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