Browsing: Genres

A musical movement born in the industrial North of England, the Northern Soul phenomenon grew out of club-goers passion for black American dance music. It…

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By the end of the 1970s, punk in Britain was splintering into several distinct strains, most of them quite “arty”. Oi! music was an attempt to keep…

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While it is very easy to dismiss this sub-genre of music, the fact remains that power pop (even at its most commercially manipulated) had a…

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Without Prog Rock the world would certainly be a duller place. Men in robes; songs about astronomy, mythology and numerology; banks of Moogs and Mellotrons…

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Jazz and blues have always attacked injustice, as in Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, written in 1938 about the lynching of black Americans. But the pop protest song kicked…

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The full story of Pub Rock can be read in Will Birch’s excellent book No Sleep Till Canvey Island (Virgin). In it, the former Kursaal Flyers drummer recounts how…

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In 1977, merely suggesting that the Queen was a moron (or a potential H Bomb) would get you banned from the charts. These days The Sex…

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Rap and Hip Hop started out as black New York underground movements at the start of the 1980s, but by the end of the decade…

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“White kids have lost their heroes; Jagger has become a wealthy socialite, Dylan a mellowed, home-loving man, even Lennon has little to say. So along comes this guy with amazing screw-top…

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In the early 1960s, Jamaican producers such as Leslie Kong, Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd and Duke Reid created a new sound to replace American R&B acts.…

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September 1979. England. The Prince by Madness had entered the British charts on 1 September. The Specials (pictured above) were riding high in the Top Ten…

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Without skiffle there might have been no Quarrymen and hence no Beatles. Seen in retrospect on television, skiffle can seem entertaining yet quaint, and yet before…

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The early and middle 60s are remembered by many as the time when The Beatles, Stones and big British beat took the world by storm. The charts were…

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Originating as “soft pop” in the mid-1960s, this largely West Coast (USA) phenomenon was influenced by Easy Listening, Jingles, and Psychedelia. The songs were technically…

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The expression “Yé-Yé” first appeared in France at the beginning of the 1960s and was derived from the “yeah! yeah!” that was often heard in…

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