While there are current artist in all genres of music, some genres have seen great heights; only to fade right back into the background noise of general life. For many of them they might only see a short time in the limelight, others fading away and making comebacks though out time.
Contrary to popular belief the genre Emo was actually created in the mid 1980’s by hard core punks who were interested in expanding the emotional range of their music beyond the heavy, angry emotions punk rock is known for. Sky rocketing to popularity in the early 2000’s the modernisation of this genre of music holds little resembleance to to the original music within the scene. With the music, fashion and culture taking on a life of its own in main stream America. With festivals like the Vans Warped tour attracting kids with too much eyeliner and not enough colour in their wardrobe, parents were confused and concerned. By 2010 the catchy and relatable tunes of bands like My Chemical Romance and Funeral for a Friend slipped back into the underworld, with the bands either branching out in different musical directions. Although many regard the change of style of My Chemical Romance (arguably one of the most popular emo bands at the time) and subsequent break up as the signal of the end for the genre. Many fans simply grew out of the style of music with age, and some even went on to become fans of our next genre that faded away.
What happens when you mix the musical stylings of emo and Electronic Dance Music (EDM)? You get one of the most popular musical genres in the late 2000’s Masses of Emo fans made a distinct musical change along with Sonny Moore, front man of From First to Last. The origins of dubstep can be found in the 1980’s when the rise of the Jamaican Party System scene, or in Simple terms, when people started experimenting with spinning records. Towards 2010 when hits with fast, erratic beats seemed to be gone from the limelight as fast as it came into it. Dubstep made fusion genres possibly during this time in EMD genres such as electro house, future garage and brostep started to be created around thing time, pulling attention away from dubstep, by 2013 it had receded back into the underground.
The worlds answer to the dark themes and black fashion of grunge was britpop. The genre was popular throughout the early 90’s and boasted about everything British; from art, fashion and even weighing in on politics. They referenced British guitar bands of the past and unique British concerns and topics. 1994-95 was dubbed ‘The Battle of Birtpop‘ with Oasis and Blur going head to head in a chart battle in the height of britpop popularity. This all brought alternative rock to the mainstream, creating the back ground for the larger British culture movement referred to as ‘Cool Britannia‘ By 1997 the hype had fizzed out, with bands like The Spice Girls capturing the attention of those in charge of Britpop. The genre is now looked at as more of cultural movement or a marketing tool now.
Combinations of genres or fusion genres have always drawn people that have interests in many genres. Nu mental is no different, combining the stylings of rap, singing, screaming and growling to one crazy genre. Becoming popular in the late 1990 and continuing on into the early 2000’s, bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and Linkin Park sold multi platinum albums. The scene got over-saturated with bands mid-2000’s leading to under-performing high-profile releases, many bands ditching their sound in favour of newer or more focused genres such as metal core. This genre also has it fair share of contraversy, leading many bands to distance themselves from to genre or regect the label completely.
While other genres have faded in and out of popularity, disco is the only one with an actual death date. Hitting the hits in the late 1960’s it had it’s fare share of critics. It’s main audience was from the gay, African American, Italian American, Latin and those in the psychedelic scene in Philadelphia and New York City. Considered a reaction to rock and roll music and the stigmatisation for dance music brought on by the counterculture movement of the time. Many mainstream artists recorded songs within the disco theme, creating more hype for the worldwide sensation. Although by 1982 the popularity had started to die off. This is attributed to the fact distaste of the music was at an all time high and an anti-disco was planned on July 12th 1979 formally recognises as ‘Disco Demolition Night‘. Held in Chicago and advertised as a baseball promotion, set to happen between the games of the twi-night doubleheader of the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Promoters sold tickets at the door to those who brought disco record for a whopping $.98, many of the record were not collected by staff and were later used as flying discs off the stands. Over 50,000 people in came to witness a box of disco records being blown up, after which thousands of fans stormed the field refusing to leave, resulting in the riot squad being called. The game was initially postponed but after intervention by the American League, the White Sox forfeited the following day. While some consider the protest and act of racism or homophobia, many have denied this. Either way, Disco Demolition Day is considered the main factor in the decline in popularity of the genre, and by 1983, it had dropped back and made way for other genres to step forward.
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