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Dead Kennedys “Holiday in Cambodia” California hardcore punk band • 1978-1986 (partly reunited in 2001) “Shock is a way of ungluing the insides of people’s heads” Guitar experimentation Sarcastic warbling delivery of Jello Biafra (vocals)
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Sonic Youth Group forms in NYC, 1981 Alternative rock icons • on independent label (until early 90s) Punk / hard rock influences Avant-garde experimentation
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Sonic Youth “Silver Rocket” (1988) 2 guitars, bass, drums • speed, punk intensity Alternate guitar tunings Noise, feedback, dissonance (chaotic guitar interlude rather than typical solo) Cover art taken from painting ( Drei Kerzen , 1982) by Gerhard Richter, a renowned contemporary German artist.
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“Alternative” music 1) Music on the margins • non-conformist, unconventional • DIY, independent, “anti-commercial” • rebellious streak (punk + politics) 2) Has become a marketing category • corporations market alternative music • “outsiders”, yet commercial success
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