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  • Camp (Style) Music

    Camp music is a genre that is quite popular that sprung up before the 60s. Its lyrical content is mostly directed at the ridiculousness and triviality of common suburban life. The band called The Tubes, a theatre rock band who were based in San Francisco California, for example, were highly popular in the late 70s and throughout the early years of the 80s, and were known especially for their completely wild mockeries of the media, peoples attachments to possessions and their rising materialistic values, and most especially politics. Many bands have taken stabs at such issues, especially as time progresses.

    Viewing materialistic goals and values as a completely ridiculous way of living, they strive to point out how narrow sighted this inward and selfish way of thinking is. Political satires mainly point out how the government progresses these ideas, as do their jabs at the media. Another band who are considered to be apart of the campy genre, would be the Scissor Sisters. They take a slightly different approach to the campy music scene though. The songs produced by Scissor Sisters are highly known for the mixture of witty lyrics and tragic themes. Their debut album for instance deal with a variety of issues, such as drug usage and abuse within the homosexual community in the song named “Return to Oz”.

    Campy bands usually are considered in some way to be apart of the alternative rock, punk rock, or glam rock scene, and some find great commercial success. U2 for example, based in Dublin Ireland, write many songs based on events from real life that affect them heavily in some way. The bands lyrical content often deal with social problems in the world, and also political issues. Focusing heavily on those aspects U2 has become known as a part of the Campy genre, and a large influence on other bands that focus on the same political and idealistic social problems. Green Day is another popular example.

    A rock band that formed in America in 87, many of their songs deal with such issues as social hysteria, the effects of abusing drugs, and other political and social themes such as alienation from society and government. Songs such as Jesus of Suburbia, Panic Song, Geek Stink Breath, Basket Case, and Green Day are great examples of the bands presentation of such themes and ideas. The Ramones also had similar themes in much of their music, giving them a reputation for being apart of the camp music scene. This can be seen heavily in such songs as Anxiety,  Outsider, Psycho Therapy, Chinese Rocks, to name only a few. Such themes are found heavily in almost all campy genre music, and the bands themselves outwardly speak about concerns on such issues.

    Believing that people should not continue with the ridiculous ideals of a materialistic lifestyle, and fighting against what they believe politics and media themselves do to prolong and incite such behavior in the populace. Other bands who have been incited to be campy include Journey, The Misfits, and a UK based band called The Darkness.

    Doom Metal

    Black Sabbath was the main influence of Doom Metal, in the early to mid 1980’s, when the sub genre first emerged. However, later on in the eighties, more Doom Metal artists emerged from around the world, that had not been influenced by Black Sabbath, nor hard they experienced the rise of their popularity; so Ozzy […]

    Gothic Doom

    Once the gothic metal scene was up off the ground and really rolling, bands started to get more popular inside the genre. Some bands went the way of symphonic metal, while others moved in the opposite direction instead and slowed downed, adding much more gloom into their style. This also meant that the typical “beauty […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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, […]

    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 […]

    Futurepop

    Futurepop is a music genre that blends a mixture of synthpop, electronic body music, and uplifting trance to create a unique form of electronic dance music. The actual term was created by two men, Stephan Groth of the band Apoptygma Berzerk,  and Ronan Harris from the band VNV Nation, when they were both trying to […]

    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 […]

    Dark Wave

    Dark Wave was first used as a descriptive term for the early Goth rock beginnings, but before the term “Goth rock” was ever used outside of the UK. Dark Wave described darker, and gloomier post-punk, of the late 70’s, and New Wave, of the 80’s. For the French, it was Coldwave, and Synthpop, or Electrowave […]

    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 […]

    Post-Punk

    Post-punk is an inner-directed and more experimental form of punk rock, though its roots are deep in the punk rock scene. The Genre developed in the late 70’s, riding on the heels of the outbreak of the punk rock genre that occurred in the middle of the 1970’s. Post-punk is accredited with having made the […]

    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 […]

    Emo

    Emotional rock, and the wide distribution of followers, are not gothic or even a closely related subculture of the general goth trend. Despite what the media may want you to think! The emo scene has had three waves of its trend and is in the height of its third now. In the mid 1980’s the […]

    Garage Rock

    Garage rock is a genre of music known for its more raw form of the rock music scene. It emerged into widespread popularity in America and Canada in 63, and stayed highly popular until about 67. In its beginning garage rock was not actually seen as a separate genre of music, and it was in […]

    Death Metal

    Contrary to popular belief, Death Metal is not just a bunch of smashing, growling, and banging on things like Paleolithic attempts at music. Sometimes Death Metal is even said to use ‘Cookie Monster’ vocals, for obvious reasons. The growling, “death grunts” are one of the key elements of Death Metal, however, vocals are not limited […]

    Psychobilly

    Psychobilly is a form of music that has been widely described as a blend of punk rock from the end of the 70’s and also rockabilly music from the American 1950’s scene. More often than not the lyrics in Psychobilly music are a comedic take on topics that are usually disapproved by general commercial music, […]

    Geek Rock

    Geek rock is a music genre that emerged from the alternative rock scene. And though the genre has been around for a while in its own right, the term “geek rock” is actually a fairly new label. Unlike most other music genres, the actual title ‘geek rock’ is used lightly in terms of the style […]

    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 […]

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