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    Punk rock music is a form of rock that formed as an anti-corporate genre in the mid 70s. Beginning its development throughout the US, UK, and Australia with bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash in the years 74 through 76, punk rock soon began spreading across the entire world by 1977. Bands of the genre created mostly short songs with fast, hard instrumentation and more often that not lyrics with some sort of political aim. The subculture created by the genre produced distinct style of clothing, anti-authority ideals, and those who followed the culture came into a rebellious, do it yourself attitude. If even only for brief time, punk rock became what some called a “cultural phenomenon” very quickly in the UK. Punk easily found roots in the local scenes that were not apart of the mainstream ideology of music. In the early years of the 80s, the hardcore style of punk took a front seat in the genres spotlight, hardcore having been a much more aggressive style of music.

    Punk rock also helped inspire many musicians that helped bring along the alternative rock genre in later years. The early years of the 90s saw bands that began to bring the punk genre a large amount of popularity, such as the ever popular pop punk band Green Day. The first wave of punk was an attempt to be more aggressive and to carry less sentiments that had been portrayed in the early 70s rock scene. Early punk rock was said to prefer the bare musical formats and array of the garage rock of the 60’s era, avoiding the flashy musical effects and the technological demands that most bands in the early and mid 70s put such a heavy emphasis upon. The instrumentation usually found in most punk rock bands is actually quite normal, consisting usually of nothing more than two electric guitars, a drum kit, and a bass guitar, and of course vocals.

    Most punk rock genre music is actually unusually short for rock music, for instance, most of the songs on the Ramones’ first album were under two minutes in length. During the early days of punk rock, most songs retained a rock ‘n’ roll feel, using verse-chorus form, and the same type of time signature, though during the genres second wave most bands began to break away from this form of music, and the trend has continued. The lyrical content of punk rock music is often not sung by the vocalist as in traditional music, rather it is shouted, this being much more true in the hardcore form of the genre. The long and often difficult guitar rifts and solos are uncommon and viewed mainly as completely unnecessary, and some guitarists tend to use more distorted power chords.

    Though, some bands prefer a more, ‘surf rock’ style, guitarists taking a lighter approach in these cases. Bass guitar rifts are more often than not much more basic and are usually only used to carry along the melody of the song, but in some cases a few bands have used more technically difficult lines, such as in the rifts by bass guitarist Mike Watt, who is well known for his work with bands like The Minutemen and fIREHOUSE. Drum set ups are usually minimal in the genre, and often have a dry, heavy sound, and in the hardcore styles, the drumming tends to be extremely fast. Lyrical content in the punk rock scene is quite blunt and often confrontational about issues dealing with politics and the state of society. While some other bands focus on more traditional rock themes, such as dating, heart broken themes, and spending time hanging out with friends and the like.

    The actual use of the term punk before the mid 70s scene was actually in referral to young males who were considered to be “hoodlums” or the like. The first time punk was connected to a music genre was when the actual terminology was used in March or 1970 in the Chicago Tribune in reference to the band The Fugs by the co-founder Ed Sanders, when he was trying to describe the band itself. By 75 the term was used to refer to such acts as the Patti Smith Group, Bruce Springsteen, and the Bay City Rollers.

    Punk rock was originally begun in three main places, New York City, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The New York punk scene originated in early 74, around the Manhattan area thanks to a club called CBGB. The punk rock scene broke out around the same time in various parts of Australia, becoming highly popular in 76 and on. Bands attributed with the beginning of Australia’s punk scene include The Saints and the Cheap Nasties to name a few. The band the Sex Pistols are attributed to beginning the punk rock movement in the United Kingdom, thanks to a man called Malcolm McLaren who had bore witness to the emergence of the punk genre in New York City at the CBGB.

    In 75 he opened a clothing store called SEX, and it carried a clothing line that produced articles of clothing such as slashed t-shirts and fetish gear that he saw punk rockers wearing, items that would soon become highly popular thanks to the punk rock scene. By 76 bands like the Ramones and The Stranglers became heavily associated with punk rock, and were accredited to the scenes outbreak in the UK. By 77 the punk rock movement was in full swing and on its second wave of movement through not only the New York, Australia and United Kingdom scenes, but well on its way into emergence in multiple other countries. By 78, the hardcore version of punk rock music was creating uproar in southern California and was causing a rivalry between the old school punk rockers and the newer hardcore punk genre.

    From the two sub-genres many other music scenes developed, such as the New Wave movement, Oi, Anarcho-punk, Pop-punk, as well as many other fusions and influences on other genres. Though the Punk movement died out, the early 90s saw a revival of the genre, through bands such as Green Day, Nirvana, and other bands such as The Offspring in later years. Some more notable punk bands throughout the scene include AFI, Radio Birdman, Reagan Youth, Eve 6, Fear, Rosa, Apocalypse Hoboken, among an entire culture worth of other performers and talented bands.

    Alternative Rock

    Alternative rock music emerged as a new genre in the 1980’s, and by the 90’s it was a hugely popular form of music. The actual term alternative came about in the 80’s, and it was used to try and categorise those bands who were inspired by punk rock but did not fit into the main […]

    New Wave

    New Wave was a music genre that was a form of rock music during the later years of the 70s up until the middle of the 80’s. Branching off of the punk rock scene as a hit towards the more popular music of the 70s, the new wave genre blended influences from multiple other genres […]

    Deathrock

    Goth and punk rock spawned many subgenres when it was in full swing, and even while it was first emerging in the late 1970’s. One of the subgenres that was re-introduced while Goth rock was developing was Deathrock. One of the things that make distinguishing Deathrock from Goth rock so difficult, is because it overlaps […]

    Trip Hop

    The one thing that all, or at least most, Trip Hop artists have in common, apart from their musical style, is that they all have the same hate for the name ‘Trip Hop.’ This has been called a phenomena, by other sources, but if your name went from something classy like the Bristol Sound, or […]

    Slowcore

    Slowcore is a genre that is also sometimes referred to by the name Sadcore. A sub-genre of the alternative rock music scene, slowcore was a form of music that was created from the slow tempo and much more downbeat style of melodies that were found in the indie rock scene of the late 80s. Some […]

    Math Rock

    Math rock is a genre of music that developed in the late 80s and emerged from the experimental rock music scene. Usually characterized by its non-conforming rhythmic structures, the start/stop flow of its motions, and its more often than not angular and conflicting rifts. While most rock music bands will use a very basic 4/4 […]

    Gothabilly

    Gothabilly music is actually a blend of words that refers to the mixture between the rockabilly music scene and the Gothic or Goth lifestyle. While many bands of the Gothabilly genre include darker themes ranging from the occult and vampires or vampirism, to horror and themes revolving around depression and violent behaviour, they are not […]

    Dark Ambient

    Before one can get into Dark Ambient music, one has to have a firm understanding of what Ambient Music is. The best definition of the Ambient Music genre was given by the music theorist, Brian Eno: “Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must […]

    Hardcore Techno

    Hardcore techno music is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the early and mid years of the 90s in locales like Newcastle Australia, Rotterdam Netherlands and Frankfurt Germany especially. Music considered to be Hardcore techno is usually identified by its fast tempo and the distorted yet rhythmical industrial type beats. The genre is […]

    Black Metal

    The Black Metal sound and style was influenced mainly by its “First Wave” as it’s called, although this actually refers to when the first hints of Black Metal were introduced on the music scene in the 1980’s, by mainly Thrash Metal bands, like Venom and Bathory. Other influential, late 80’s bands were Hellhammer, Bulldozer, Celtic […]

    Electronica

    Electronica is a term that refers to a large range of different electronic music that has been made for different uses, like dance, background or foreground music, and other such activities. But it is not made for dancing specifically, like electronic dance music. Electronica is an umbrella term that emerged in the early years of […]

    Indie Rock

    Indie rock music is a genre that split off of the alternative rock scene and is found mostly within the independent underground scene of the music industry. Indie rock, which is actually a shortened term meaning “independent rock”, was originally coined for the use of categorising rock bands who signed with independent labels, or whom […]

    Dark Cabaret

    The Dark cabaret genre mixes the principles of the daring German Weimar-age cabarets and burlesque shows from the 20s, with the grim and dark styles of the post 70s gothic culture and music scenes. The genre is usually labeled by the deep and sensual vocals, usually appearing with scant piano playing and strings instruments such […]

    Industrial Rock

    Industrial rock is a genre of music that emerged by blending industrial music and subgenres of the rock scene like Hardcore, Punk, Oi, and Hard Rock. Industrial rock bands will mostly utilize instrumentation found in almost all other forms of rock, including drums, bass guitar, and electric guitar, along with other electronic equipment such as […]

    Gothic Metal

    Gothic metal music is a genre that emerged from the heavy metal scene in the mid 90s as a blend of the doom metal and death metal genres in Europe. There is a bit of debate over what the actual definition of the genre truly is between the media and the fans of the genre. […]

    Avant-Garde

    Avant-Garde music is commonly referred too as experimental music, and the terms were actually coined by a composer named John Cage in the year 1955. It was created as a term to describe any and all music that challenged the accepted status or standing of what music was supposed to be. The term experimental has […]

    DownTempo

    The DownTempo genre of music is often confused with Trance, or IDM, –Intelligent Dance Music, but does in fact have its own particular style. Unlike ambient, DownTempo does have a beat and groove to it. Trip Hop is closely compared to DownTempo or lumped in under the term, however DownTempo is usually slower than Trip […]

    Grindcore

    The first styles of Grindcore emerged as the stylic continuance of Crust Punk, and Crust Punk is a sub-genre of Hardcore Punk. It’s almost like a family tree, if you can picture it that way. Think of it like, Hardcore Punk, and Thrash Metal get married, and have a baby. Their baby is Anarcho-Punk. Anarcho-Punk, […]

    Glam Rock

    Glam Rock is also known as Glitter Rock, but by whom, I’ve no idea, and must herewith assume that this is in the UK, being as that most claim that Glam Rock is a mainly European musical movement. Glam Rock came in, as the hippies moved out, in the early ’70’s. Glam Rock was essentially […]

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