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British Alternative Music

An E.R Topic by Tom and Logan

Logan Baldridge

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of British Alternative Music

British Alternative Music The Beginnings
The Info
The Bands
The Last Three Questions
That We Could Not Figure Out a
Clever Title For
Indie Brit Pop In the beginning there was man, and all was good, until man got really bored so he created THE GUITAR.
Britpop has direct roots from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks.
Started in the late 80s and early 90s.
Britpop became popular with Blur and Oasis in 1994.
Britpop became most popular in 1995 when there was chart battle between Blur and Oasis.
Without support from America, Britpop went out of style.
However, major Britpop bands still produce albums.
"an outer suburban middle class fantasy"
- Jon Savage Indie got started in Underground UK punk clubs in the 70's and the 80's
Indie evolved from punk bands like the Sex Pistols
punk's "Do it yourself" ideal is what helped indie get started
Indie bands usually have an Experimental sound and never sign on with major record labels
Some famous Indie bands: Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, The Automatic, and The Velvet Underground
Indie bands started popping up in the wake of punk and then began experimenting with new sounds.
Some Indie bands are heavy and loud, while others can even be funny or lighthearted
Indie doesn't have a distinctive sound because musicians often experiment with new styles
Started around the same time as Britpop
Wide variety of lyrical topics, such as: Drugs, Alcohol, day to day life, or people the bands dislike. The musical style of Britpop relies on catchy tunes and lyrics that the audience can relate to.
Britpop is normaly very cheery but some songs can be very sad.
Some famous Britpop bands are The Beatles, Coldplay, Blur, Oasis, Radio Head, and Rolling stones
The Info The Beginning "Music speaks straight to our hearts and spirits, to the very core and root of our souls....Music soothes us, stirs us up...melts us to tears"
-Charles Kingsley The Gorillaz The Gorillaz are a fictional band that exsists in cartoon form only. They were the first ones to do so.
Created in 1998 by Damon Alburn and Jamie Hewlett
Damon Alburn is part of the band Blur.

The Band has four animated members:
2d {Lead vocalist and key board}
Murdoc Niccals {Bass player and self appointed leader of the band}
Noodle {Lead guitar and occasional vocalist}
Russel Hobbs {Drums and percusion}

Studio Albums:
Gorillaz (2001)
Demon Days (2005)
Plastic Beach (2010)

Clint Eastwood was their first hit single reaching #3 in one week.
Feel Good Inc reached #2 in one week The Automatic The Automatic Welsh Indie rock band
Formed in the 90's and became active in 2002
Style: "Electro-Disco-Punk-Rock"
First singles: Raoul (a song about the guy who used to make sandwiches for the band) Recover (about drugs) and Monster (also about drugs)
Their most popular song so far is "Steve McQueen"
Long standing feud with the band "The Horrors"
Well hated by most other bands because of their musical style

Band Members
Rob Hawkins (vocals and bass)
James Frost (keyboard and guitars)
Iwan Griffiths (drums)
Paul Mullen (vocals and synthesizer)

Studio albums:
Not Accepted Anywhere (2006)
This is a Fix (2008)
Tear the Signs Down (2010)

Those Last Three Questions Indie Rock Britpop Britpop + Indie Rock Orriginated in Britain
Same insturments
Same fan base
Alot of Expieremntaion
Wide range of sounds
Slower beat
Signs on with large record companies
Played well known concerts
Expirements with techno sounds
Lyrical topics reflect the concers, fears hopes and joys of the new generation.
Had its roots in punk
Played mostly in underground
music clubs
Bands never sign on with major record labels
Experiments with new sounds
Wide variety of lyrics, from home and family to drug/alcohol abuse
Huge variety of sounds since indie has no distinctive sound
Bands self produce or sign on with small independent record labels How are Brtipop and Indie Rock simmilar? + How are they different? The Universal Question How does music affect culture?
Well bands will try to try to be nonconfomist like playing music not in the main stream and dressing differently. Often times the fans will try to impersenate band, in the way they dress and act.
The state of the society also affects the music, angry people = angry music. Bands will also write songs about there daily life. For example an immagrant might write songs about their old country.
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