Independent Music

‘Indie’ does not refer to a style of music as it was originally developed from the shortened form of ‘independent’ which was used to describe bands who were independent of any major commercial record label.  These bands were signed to small start-up labels or who for one reason or another they chose to publish their own music without using a label at all.  The process of making Indie music may include an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing and it would be music released that is not directly financially dependent on any of the four major labels (WMG, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal).  Indie music is usually guitar driven underpinned by swirling, melodic, rhythmic electric guitar, and power-pop verse-chorus-verse structures.  Indie music is said to have begun with Buzzcocks, and this musical genre descriptor emerged from post-punk, new wave and alternative music released on late-1970s.  Indie is a confusing term, as it isn’t a genre of music although indie rock, indie folk and indie pop are all genres.  There are many artists that represent the indie scene, but they are all different.  It is thought that since indie artists don’t have ties to large, commercial labels, this allows them to create more interesting work.

Last week we had Hitsville where the theme was to find Motown songs.  This week the theme is to find Indie Rock or Indie Pop songs.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you can as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Suggestions
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

This week I will be writing about the Joy Division song ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Girlfriend’ by Avril Lavigne.  The upcoming prompts will be:
December 11, 2022 – Power Pop songs
December 18, 2022 – Mersey Beat, or Mersey Sound or a band from Surrey or Liverpool will also work
December 25, 2022 – Punk songs
January 1, 2023 – Garage Rock

22 thoughts on “Independent Music

  1. This is such a great theme Jim – and might be a little controversial. Here in the UK, some of the bands that started out recording with small independent labels were snapped up by bigger labels and broke through as mainstream music. But even then their sound – the raw heavy guitar – it was a sound that listeners were happy to categorize as “indie”, even though their success and fame had taken them a long way from those first independent labels.

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  2. I have the original Buzzcocks debut single (actually a four-track e.p) on the New Hormones label. The lead singer was Howard Devoto but he left soon after to form the band; Magazine. The Buzzcocks were then signed to United Artists with guitarist Pete Shelley taking over lead vocals. They released several successful singles from 1977 to 1980 and have just released a new album but with Steve Diggle as the only original member in the line-up.

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  3. Well I say what I mean
    I say what comes to mind
    I never get round to things
    I’m living a straight, straight line

    You know me–I’m acting dumb
    You know the scene–very humdrum
    Boredom–boredom–boredom

    Now I’m living in a movie
    Which doesn’t move me
    I’m the one waiting for the phone to ring
    Ring-a-ring-a-fucking-ding

    You know me–I’m acting dumb
    You know the scene–very humdrum
    Boredom–boredom–boredom

    Now there’s nothing behind me
    And I’m already a has-been
    My future ain’t what it was
    I think I know the words that I mean

    You know me–I’m acting dumb
    You know the scene–very humdrum
    Boredom–boredom–be ‘dumb, be ‘dumb

    I’ve taken this extravagant journey
    So it seems to me
    To arrive from nowhere
    And to go straight back there

    You know me–I’m acting dumb
    You know the scene–very humdrum
    Boredom–boredom–boredom

    Source: LyricFind

    Songwriters: Matthew Charles Fisher

    Boredom lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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