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1 definition by Louis Mama

 
1.
A misleading term coined by the music industry and MTV to trick gullible, angsty teenagers into a false sense of rebellion, either against "mainstream" music scenes, society, or at least their parents.

Counter-cultures can range from obscure and "underground" (also another industry trick word) to being popular and mainstream.

When a counter-culture becomes mainstream (such as grunge in the 90's and most recently, emo), it is still marketed as being against the mainstream although music acts of that genre might be flying off the charts. Of course this leads to the more elitist counter-culturists who follow a counter-culture just to impress their friends by following obscure, unpopular and/or cult-favorite music acts.
Common examples of counter-cultures (both mainstream and underground):
Reggae
Punk(that includes you "hardcore" punk types. Don't give me any "but I'm a TRUE Punk because I hate Avril and pop-punk" bullshittery)
Ska
Emo
Raver music
Grunge
Nu Metal
Indie
Techno
Gangsta Rap
Any other offshoot of Punk or Metal in general.

Let me be to the point here:
You're not unique.
You're not profound.
You're not original.

You're a sheep that follows a smaller herd. That's all. I'm not any better but at least I realise it instead of being arrogant to people about my music preferences.
by Louis Mama February 01, 2005