Tuesday 17 August 2010

Keeping the Indie Spirit alive!

Go back to 1976 or year zero and the birth of punk. The Ramones sang on Blitzkrieg Bop Hey! Ho! Let's go! The rest is history. Think of Television, Blondie, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Talking Heads and The Dead Boys all causing a storm in New York. In the UK it was The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks and The Stranglers. It was a let there be light moment in music history.

After the initial wave of bands post punk moved things on with Joy Division, Wire, Magazine, Gang of Four and Public Image Ltd among others. Today this has led us to Indie. This is more about the spirit of the music then which label you are on. To be truly indie be on the indie label and have the spirit as well! Don't worry about how many records you are going to sell. Be experimental and progressive.

In the Eighties Blag Flag and Fugazi carried on the punk spirit while in the UK The Smiths left a legacy of music which has been influencing bands for the last 25 years. In the mid eighties Husker Du emerged from Minneapolis-Saint Paul while in Boston Pixies rocked out with a dose of melody. In New York Sonic Youth were the leading lights in the No Wave scene.

In 1989 The Stone Roses released their eponymously titled debut album and Manchester ruled the world! on the other side of the Atlantic Nirvana invented grunge and became hugh on the release of Nevermind. Now the underground was infiltrating the mainstream!

The Nineties brought us Pavement, Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips while in the UK there were the britpop wars between Oasis and Blur! The new century began with The Strokes and The White Stripes ruling. The Strokes have become a classic garage rock band while The White Stripes blues rock brought something new to the world of indie music. Today we have Arcade Fire and the Arctic Monkeys among others keeping the indie spirit alive! If you are a musician or a fan be yourself. Make and listen to the music you love!

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