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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.

    Grunge Rock

    Grunge music originated in the 1980’s by a few different bands around the area of Seattle, Washington, and is a different style of alternative rock. It was inspired by a few different forms of metal and punk music, and is identified mostly by angry lyrics, many of which were directed at the general form of […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    Punk Rock

    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 […]

    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 […]

    Cold Wave

    Cold Wave was originally a French genre of music, referring to a fusion of both Dark Wave and Post Punk. Dark Wave, discussed in an early article can be defined as the early goth scene; originating from darker New Wave. A gloomier New Wave, with lyrics oriented on more morose subject matter, sometimes philosophical, or […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 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. […]

    Horror Rock

    Horror rock refers to any number of different bands, styles, sub-genres or mainstream genres. It’s usually used as a name for Death Rock, –and that’s pretty confusing too, since Death Rock later became Gothic Rock, and then the traditional Death Rock was extracted from Gothic Rock, and is now in the process of ressurrection, –Horror […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    Gothic Rock

    Gothic rock is an old genre that’s shared a few different names over the years, and started out with a few different origins as well. What we hear today, was not the same as what we heard then. Any old Goth can tell you, after he’s done claiming he’s Gother than you, that gothic rock […]

    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 […]

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