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Chapter 8 - Chapter 8 alternative 90s rock the 90s saw a splintering of genres that exceeded anything previously experienced in rock o By 99 almost

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Chapter 8 – alternative 90s rock -the 90s saw a splintering of genres that exceeded anything previously experienced in rock o By 99, almost every genre had an “alternative” subcateigory o Alternative:  difficult to define but indicated the presence of some degree of  experimentalism on a record, even if only in the image adopted by the musicians who  made it o Some bands considered alternative would sound completely different than other  alternative bands (ex: barenaked ladies and sloan) o Some signed under indie labels and other signed with major labels o “Alternative” was often used by critics to describe music that challenges the status quo.  Saying that this music was anti-commercial, anti-mainstream, local and not cooperate,  homemade and not mass produced. ..ect. . Up from the underground: hardcore, indie, and alt rock o After punk rock collapsed (in 78 when the Sex Pistols split), underground rock started to  bubble up in cities all over NA o Much musics “the wedge” tv show in 94 played music from these underground bands  o Starting out local, bands like REM, sloan, and nirvana symbolized this underground rock  sound that came to be known as “alternative rock” which blended the do it yourself 70s  punk sound with distorted textures of heavy metal into a catchy sound o Underground and indie bands in the 90s had a stance towards conformity and  commercialism of the music industry o Wrote songs about drug abuse, depression, suicide. Also social and political movements  like environmentalism, abortion rights, AIDS o They dressed down in torn jeans, flannel shirts and work boots (this look came to known  as  grunge  later on) o Fans were usually white middle class men o By 95, underground bands were signing deals with major labels and moving towards a  more pop oriented sound o Underground bands that achieved commercial success  lead to “alternative rock” o They had contradictions to face. They tried to maintain an ‘outsider’ identity  which was crucial to their image as their albums rose to the top 40 o Some bands collapsed under this pressure Dead Kennedys: “holidays in Cambodia” (1981)
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o Hardcore:  was an extreme variation of Punk, during the 80s by bands in San Franciso  (dead Kennedys), Vancouver (DOA and some no name bands. was called the circle  jerks!) o Hardcore played simple riff based songs at impossible fast tempos and screaming  nihilistic lyrics over a chaotic wall of guitar chords o Audience usually covered in tattoos, buzz cuts, combat boots invented  moshing  were they  would form a mosh pit in front of the stage and stage dive
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2012 for the course MUSIC 2700 taught by Professor Sanden during the Spring '09 term at UWO.

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