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we're not indie, we just like the music

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Proposition [Dec. 10th, 2006|04:51 am]
we're not indie, we just like the music


The ever-increasing perkiness of hipster music is a reaction against rock and alternative music being dominated for so long by morbidity and po-faced whinging. Agree/disagree?

[User Picture]From: m_ary
2006-12-10 12:56 pm (UTC)
Morbidity and all the whinging are still around but, yeah I think somehow, some musicians tried to react. That´s what happens most of the time when a type of music dominates for a while. It´s a good thing, ´cause it keeps renewing music.Although I do think that all the perkiness and "outrageous" (lol that makes me sound like an old lady) behaviour is getting exhausting, at least for me, specially ´cause, in my opinion, there´s too little substance to a great number of the bands. It´s time to renew again :p
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[User Picture]From: p_penelope
2006-12-10 10:24 pm (UTC)
That's one theory. Another theory sees the prevailing indie rock mood as a reaction to (against) cultural currents. Thus, in the US Orange County punks exploded in 1981 when Reagan was inaugurated and the 80s economic boom began. They certainly didn't believe that it was 'morning in America'. In the 90s music took two directions with the anger of grunge (yes, I know I'm generalizing hugely here) and the navel-gazing introspection of shoegazing indie in reaction to, some would say, first the Persian Gulf War and the backslapping congratulations that followed, and then the politically much more polarised atmosphere of the Clinton administration. So now, with the US and UK mired in a never-ending, unwinnable war, perky hipster music is here to provide an escape.
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[User Picture]From: thekatiefactor
2006-12-11 12:57 am (UTC)
Agreed. Perkiness, idealism, and fantasy once again serve as means of escape.
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