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    Trolling around YouTube I came across a motherload of what my friends used to call "Brentmusic" (my first name is Brent): dark, droning, sarcastic vocals offset by clangy, annoying guitars, set to a dance beat because, once upon a time people still danced to rock and roll.

    It's been called Punk, Post-Punk, Death Disco, No Wave...but to a large degree, it's just simple, DIY musical anarchy. The influences were as varied as Beatniks and reggae, country-western rockabilly to bee-hive hairdo-ed girl groups (and beyond), but it was self-consciously artistic, intellectual, ironic and nihilistic.

    Because of the general rawness of the sound (most recordings were done on a shoestring budget), there was a high degree of reverse-snobbery about what was fabulous and what was "commercial dreck": anything that sounded "commercial" was beneath consideration.

    There were two main areas of diffusion for this kind of music in Boston, where I grew up and where a great local scene sprung up: college radio (MIT's station had The Late Riser's Club from 10-2, BC played it later in the afternoon and into the evening) or in clubs where one could hear the bands performing live. There were also disco-type clubs which were only open on special nights where one could dance under lights.

    Here are some openers:

    The Bush Tetras

    Liliput/Kleenex


    Stinky Toys

    Mission Of Burma


    Anybody else like this shit?
     
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    The only one that are familiar is the Stranlges- the Skindeep and Always the Sun. Also Lene Lovich - It's Only You, New Toy and Lucky Number.

    I'm more of a Joy Division/New Order, Blancmange, The Smiths, and The Cure fan.
     
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    I only heard of lene Lovich because she did some songs with Nina Hagen
     
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    :biggrin1:

    The Buzzcocks
     
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    I've never heard of most of the bands you mentioned, but I'm a big fan of The Stranglers and have seen them live many times. Also it was great to see that Lene Lovich video again; I still have the vinyl album Flex, which Bird Song came from.
     
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    I think this and the other music you mentioned had a sense of adventure and creativity that is gone in the music of today. Some great music.
     
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    Boys Don't Cry

    Pornography

    Temptation

    Perfect Kiss

    I never really got into The Smiths...don't know why.

    Here's one you'll like:

    B Movie Nowhere Girl
     
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    Word.

    But there are a few newish groups that keep hope alive:

    The Rapture

    Futureheads

    Sneaker Pimps

    They're a little too slick, a tad too emo...but not bad.
     
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    From her first album, Stateless...

    The Night
     
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    Only the greatest 80's band ever. I'm surprised you know of them, they were never big when they were together and never made any videos. I even added Swampthing to my list of songs.
     
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