Kill the mainstream indie term!

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Leader: Juchmako
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Created on: 14 Feb 2009
Are you getting sick of the way mainstream bands like The Killers, Muse, and Coldplay are being called indie? Then join this group!

Remember that you don't have to hate these bands, you just have to dislike the way the indie term is being misused/overused. Wether you listen to indie or mainstream music, you are welcome to join as long as you agree with this statement.

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  • Juchmako

    Nice to see that we have aimed 100 members. I'm now back from summer vacations.

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • IamSalvatore

    The two groups are far from the same, even if they resemble one another. Joining another group that's different just because it's larger and 'similar' is redundant, especially if you don't agree with the message from this other group. Nice try.

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • presidentalien

    Independent labels ftw =D!

    14 Jun 2009 Reply
  • IamSalvatore

    It was a joke, one I didn't even make. Cripes.

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • infinitegames

    And success and popularity have nothing to do with it. First of all, people, there's nothing wrong with being successful as long as you don't give up your ideals to get there. Second of all, you could be the most popular band on the planet and if you're on an independent label, you're indie. Indie isn't really a genre at all.

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • infinitegames

    Totally agree dirtynigra

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • IamSalvatore

    I agree wholeheartedly with the premise of this group. Joke at the expense of Indie music: There's a rumor about [real] indie music, the less popular it is the better it is. If that's so, the best band ever doesn't exist.

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • SameWayOfSaying

    And they were indie to boot. If you did yr homework, you'd find that they were signed to SST in the 80s which was owned by Greg Ginn from Black Flag. It was a well and truely indie label and although they later signed to DGC, they released several albums before going to a major and they toured extensively on pretty much no money which was one of the defining aspects of indie musicianship at the time. Although independent labels go back to the 70s with Sun et all, it was the 80s when it really kick started.

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SameWayOfSaying

    George Gallimore, how the hell were Sonic Youth grunge? How do you even define grunge? They took the basic premise of punk-rock to heart, that you don't have to obey any kind of convention. Aesthetically, artistically and musically, they took this to an extreme and delved into experimental depths. Grunge was a term cunningly adopted by Sub Pop to market their music nearly 10 years after Sonic Youth started. To call yr point irellevant is an understatement.

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • buddylemon

    it really pisses me off when people tell me that they listen to alternative, i think to myself- alternative to what? music is supposed to be a universal language of people and an art form that should never be confined to a certain sound just because they are on an independent label, it' not a genre- saying something is indie or alternative should never be an indicator of what kind of music the artist creates.

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Juchmako

    However, the point is not about disliking the indie bands that are doing it well in the mainstream charts. It's about disliking the way that artists that ARE NOT indie are being called indie - like The Killers and Coldplay, they are truly commercial bands signed to the majors of the major label, and I can't see why people continue to call them indie.

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Juchmako

    "Indie" is about being an independent band, the genre doesn't matter.

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • iloveyoursister

    I laughed pretty hard at Raidiohead being the top artist.

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Juchmako

    I see your point, but I had to give the non-indie artists a name. I think mainstream is what suits the most. Maybe I should have called them 'commercial'. Anyway, I guess most people see the point.

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • our_velocity

    Everywhere I look there's indie...the shittiest mainstream bands are labelled indie, it's so disgusting! This group has been made for me.

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • rogercamden

    I'm more irritated by the notion that "indie" is a genre of music.

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • marta_pinheiro

    Hey everybody! I've just joined the group, so this is just a mere introduction :) I'm not sure myself what I'd call indie, but definitely not Coldplay or Muse... And I'd say that Arctic Monkeys, for instance, could be considered indie since they are under an independent label (Domino), but... maybe they are too successful and well-known now (if that's a requisite to be indie)? Mmm... I guess it's easier to say which bands are not indie than which ones are :)

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • shakey_Jake

    DIY or Die

    17 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Gilaventi

    Silly flyawayamanda. Just because we don't like the term being misused means we hate the bands. Silly silly flyawayamanda.

    16 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Juchmako

    Well, the plan is just... to be in a group, I guess?

    16 Feb 2009 Reply
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