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November 25, 2008, 10:00 am
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Just Gimme Indo-Rock!

by Molly Lambert

The information highway’s jammed with broken blog links on a last chance power drive. We remain extremely thankful that you read This Recording. We do it for you, and we do it for free, and we do it for the children like Wu-Tang.

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The 20th century is often historicized as a series of musical movements. The Blues gave way to Ragtime, Ragtime to Jazz, Jazz to Rock, Rock to Jazz-Fusion, Disco to Punk, Punk into New Wave. New Wave into Indie Rock, Funk into Rap.

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Genealogy of Musical Genres

There are no subcultures anymore. Or rather there’s only one, and it’s the internet. No cool trend can exist in secret anymore. Things don’t spread gradually, they spread immediately. The cool scene in every major city is identical now. The independent culture is more homogenized than ever before.

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Everything continues to happen at once all the time. It seems funny that people use musical preference to define themselves against one another. Music is clearly intended to bring people together, not divide them into camps.

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I like learning about new musical genres as much as I ever did. I spent a few nights recently reading about Indo-Rock:

The Netherlands had a fascinating subculture of emigre Dutch-Indonesians (Indo’s, Indonesian Eurasians and Polynesian Moluccans) who hit the instrumental rock scene in the years 1958 – 1965 and constituted the “Indo-Rock” movement, with groups like The Tielman Brothers, Electric Johnny & his Skyrockets, The Black Dynamites, The Crazy Rockers, Oety & his Real Rockers, The Javalins, The Hap-Cats and many more.

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Anyway, in case you feel like the internet has killed your will to be a music geek because of all the poseur assholes now, we sympathize. Here are some lesser-known genres to check into. Hopefully one will re-ignite the flame of your love for jams.

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The Aguinalderos (Carabobo, Venezuela, 1953)

Afro-Prog

Aguinaldo

Anatolian Rock

Apala

Avant-Garde Metal

Bachata

Beach Music

Beautiful Music

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Big Bumba-meu-boi in the Paço Alfândega cultural center, Recife

Boi

Braindance

Brukdown

Burger Highlife

Carnatic Music

Chiptune

Coldwave

Comedy Rock

D-beat

Danger Music

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Jan Werners, a Dansband – yes it’s real

Dansband

Darkcore

Desert Rock

Downtown Music

Duranguense

EAI

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Bronze statue of Enka singer Takashi Hosokawa, Hokkaidō

Enka

Ewe Drumming

Extreme Music

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António Chainho, Portuguese fado guitarist

Fado

Filk Music

Fulía

Funana

Fungi Music

Furniture Music

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Brian Eno, fan of Generative Music

Generative Music

Goa Trance

Guoyue

Gulf and Western

Hard NRG

Highlife

Huayño

Indo-Rock

Industrial Musical

Intuitive Music

Jing Ping

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Venezuelan Joropo, drawing by Eloy Palacios (1912)

Joropo

Jwé

Kaseko

Kuduro

Krautronica

Latin Alternative

Lento Violento

Light Music

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Buddy Holly, popularizer of the Lubbock Sound

Lubbock Sound

Mainstream Jazz

Manila Sound

Martial Music

Mezwed

Morna

Motorik

Neoclassical Dark Wave

Neoclassical Dark Wave

New German Hardness

New Beat

Nigun

Nonpop

Northwest Wind

Nu-Disco

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The Shaggs are Obscuro

Obscuro

Palm Wine Music

Parang

Pimba

Plastic Soul

Postgenre

Power Violence

Prison Rock

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Progg

Puirt A Beul

Quimbe

R&B Punk

Raï

Redgrass

Repetitive Music

Ripsaw Music

Santal Music

Santé Engagé

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Stars of Schlager

Schlager

Shanson

Slowcore

Slow Grass

Spouge

String

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Tagonggo

Tape Music

Texas Roadhouse Music

Threnody

Tombeau

Truck Driving Country

Uptempo

Venezuelan Polka

Waka Music

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Wassoulou musicians

Wassoulou Music

Womyn’s Music

Wonky

Xinyao

Yass

Youth Crew

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Molly Lambert is managing editor of This Recording

even more stubs for obscure musical genres

WFMU’s Beware Of The Blog

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Galactic Fun – Dam-Funk: (mp3)

I Gots To Be Done With You – Dam-Funk: (mp3)

NightRyder – Dam-Funk: (mp3)

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Your mention of Progg prompts me to mention the similar, though more specifically communist progressive rock that was popular throughout the 1970s in Finland. Some of it is terrific, but unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be one all-encompassing name for it. The wildly popular 1990s band was heavily influenced by this leftist pop genre of the 70s. Some videos are available at .

is another pop genre that is unique to Finland – a slavic inflected electric guitar ensemble sound that has remained popular and productive for more than thirty years. are probably the most internationally well-known rautalanka-influenced band. Rautalanka music is also often featured in the films of Aki Kaurismäki.

Comment by lolarusa

awesome list! possible additions: Zydeco and Mento

Comment by Reviewstew

How could you leave Hyphy off this list??

(Relax. I still don’t know what Hyphy music is.)

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