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Sunday, December 21, 2008

What Does Alternative Music Mean?

I love different kinds of music and most of it falls into the "alternative" category. But what does alternative mean anyway? Many companies classify anything that is not mainstream rock as alternative. I listen to a good majority of punk and new wave music, which is considered alternative by the radio stations, but why? The two genres are completely different in sound and voice so why are they both classified as alternative? Did the people get lazy and not want to have 50 different categories of music?

Take Green Day for example. A lot of their earlier music was punk. Then eventually they merged into kind of a popish rock sound with a punkish slant. This would classify as "alternative" but it's not anything different than any other band that is out there today. So now if everything sounds the same then why isn't it just "rock" music?
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