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    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 foundation for alternative rock music by opening the idea of what underground and punk music could actually accomplish, partly by using such elements as American funk, disco, Krautrock, and even Jamaican dub. Post-punk found a home in the Indie scene of the 80’s, and helped to develop the alternative rock and industrial music genres. Having influenced the alternative rock scene as much as it did, you can still see the signs of post-punks mark on the genre in the large variety of styles it developed.

    The actual term post-punk came into use in 1980, when a critic used it in a Rolling Stones magazine article, adopting the phrase to label bands like The Raincoats, Essential Logic, and Gang of Four. The post-punk movement began roughly between 74 and 78, when bands such as The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and The Clash, along with a few others, began to strip down the structures of rock music, and began experimenting with challenging music structures that bore a focus on speed. While keeping the roots of the music deeply imbedded in the punk rock scene, they also broke from the signature lyrical content of most punk and began to form their own sound. Some perfect examples of the classic post-punk bands include The Fall, Orange Juice, Killing Joke, The Cure, Depeche Mode and Tubeway Army, to name but a few.

    Originally, the post-punk scene began its movement mainly in the United Kingdom, and though there were significant bands around the world, American and other non-British scenes were not highly recognised the world over. Though, a few exceptions to the rule in the post-punk scene would include America’s Pere Ubu, Suicide, Savage Republic, and a few others, along with the Australian bands The Birthday Party and The Church, and also Ireland’s The Virgin Prunes and U2. 1977 was the beginning of the No Wave movement in New York, which was connected to the up and coming European post-punk scene. The movement was centred itself on performance art rather than any sort of systematic structure to the music, and was contributed to by many bands, such as Mars, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, D.N.A., Theoretical Girls and Sonic Youth to name just a few.

    But, the original movement of post-punk music ended slowly but surely as performers who were apart of the movement slowly pulled away from its principles, much like how the original post-punk bands moved away from punk rock to pursue a different sound. Some bands moved into gothic rock, such as Siouxsie and the Banshees, and The Cure. Others turned to a commercial New Wave style, and others became personalities on American college radio broadcasts, and were some of the first examples of the alternative rock music scene. But it was in the beginning of the 21st century that gave way to post-punk reviving within the American and British indie rock scene, and from there it spread into many other countries as well.

    The signs of the coming revival were in the mid 90s when many underground bands began to come forth, but the commercial success of such bands as Liars, The Rapture, The Libertines, and Interpol did not strike until the late 90s and early 2000s. With a strong following behind it, the more modern post-punk scene has been highly successful, more than it was even in its development in the 70s and 80s.

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