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Indie Pop?

Post by simonbrew » Tue Jan 03, 2012 15:37

Im finding it hard to know what the users on this forum perceive as indie pop, maybe I have the wrong idea but I'd be curious about what you guys identify as Indie Pop and what examples of bands would follow?
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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by Trev » Tue Jan 03, 2012 15:39

I'll start digging the trenches.

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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Jan 03, 2012 16:16

That's it, I'm heading to the Anderson Shelter.
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Post by Tweetotal » Tue Jan 03, 2012 21:57

Why don't you tell us what you think might be Indiepop? We'll let you know. Seems pretty clear to me what is and what isn't - It's not something that can be confused with, say, reggae :)

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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by Arthur » Tue Jan 03, 2012 23:49

There is no one absolute rule as to what Indiepop is. Everyone will have their own idea and they all tend to get rather heated and sulky when someone else says "That's not indiepop" / "yes it is" / "No it's not" / Yes It Is!!" etc etc until one of them dies....I tend to follow this rule which helps me live quite a pleasant life...If i like it, I like it, regardless of who it's by, or what anyone else calls it. And if I don't like it...then i call it shite! It's not a bad rule to have....

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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by thomasintrouble » Tue Jan 03, 2012 23:55

easy... if it sounds like some combination of 60's girl groups, the velvets & the smiths, it's probably indiepop.

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Post by indiansummer » Wed Jan 04, 2012 00:00

razorlight, the kooks and babyshambles, i think

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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by Trev » Wed Jan 04, 2012 00:01

thomasintrouble wrote:easy... if it sounds like some combination of 60's girl groups, the velvets & the smiths, it's probably indiepop.
Ah yes, but that misses out on the obvious Buzzcocks punk influences. And also the whole Orange Juice postcard thing, not to mention the jangle guitar of The Byrds or the shambling DIY of the TVPs.

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Post by thomasintrouble » Wed Jan 04, 2012 00:11

I'm wondering if we can narrow the definition even further. "sounds like Orange Juice" might just do it :-)

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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by RITH » Wed Jan 04, 2012 09:19

For beginners I do still always think that Pitchfork article is a very decent way to get some idea about indiepop. Despite the 'twee' title and other quite cringeworthy generalizations it gives starters some insight about what we're talking about here.
Indie pop is not just "indie" that is "pop." Not too many people realize this, or really care either way. But you can be sure indie pop's fans know it.


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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by simonbrew » Fri Jan 06, 2012 16:13

RITH wrote:For beginners I do still always think that Pitchfork article is a very decent way to get some idea about indiepop. Despite the 'twee' title and other quite cringeworthy generalizations it gives starters some insight about what we're talking about here.
Indie pop is not just "indie" that is "pop." Not too many people realize this, or really care either way. But you can be sure indie pop's fans know it.


http://pitchfork.com/features/articles/ ... e-as-fuck/
ahh sweet thanks the pitchfork article was interesting. I guess I was just curious about what peoples perceptions of indie pop was, not exactly asking a specific definition of it since Indie Pop can would be hard to define specifically.
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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by simonbrew » Fri Jan 06, 2012 16:17

I suppose it'd be hard to claim that Indie Pop consists of only one sound, I guess its more of a loose umbrella term for several different sounds. Anyways thanks guys for helping clarify things for me and giving me insight into your perspectives of the 'genre'
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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Fri Jan 06, 2012 16:21

Though I'd probably call it "indiepop" (though I generally refer to it simply as 'pop') rather than "indie pop" cos that makes me think of popular-style "indie" bands, which is very much removed from what I consider indiepop. See also indie/pop.

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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by humblebee » Fri Jan 06, 2012 16:36

Simon - you're right that indiepop isn't a single sound. It's not really a genre either. You can't define it by what it sounds like. It's much more a set of values than a sound.

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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by thomasintrouble » Fri Jan 06, 2012 17:46

I think it's more a set of people, and almost all of them post here ;-)

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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by tonieee » Fri Jan 06, 2012 18:51

thomasintrouble wrote:I think it's more a set of people, and almost all of them post here ;-)
I'd never thought of it that way before but it's possibly a good one. If we accept that then an indiepop band is an indiepop band purely because we say it is without any other explanation needed. It would make us all elitest though!

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Re: Indie Pop?

Post by ketameaningless » Fri Jan 06, 2012 23:31

yeah but the truth is, elitism is fun!
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Post by Rocker » Mon Jan 09, 2012 16:48

But surely indiepop should be more socialist than elitist?

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