Stands for Indie Rock Cred

A term denoting a fanciful score that can be placed upon nearly anything; words, actions, cars, accoutrements, styles, and - not least of which - bands.

The score denotes the amount of indie credibility that the thing brings.

Roughly speaking, lowest on the IRC scale would be the Dave Matthews Band. They represent the bedrock of the anti-indie. Calling the band "Dave" or "DMB" might be even worse.

The pinnacle of the I.R.C. scale was once thought a mythical destination. Hoping to achieve the mythical peak, many strive for a mix of the arcane with the familiar - i.e. knowing off the top of their head who produced Can's "Soon Over Babaluma." One can often view Indie Record Store clerks in their natural habitat competing for mates in this regard. Because their waifish bodies are to weak to engage in traditional forms of mate competition, they constantly attempt to one-up each other in order to reach the pinnacle of I.R.C.

Little do they know, however, that in the late 90's Mr. R.E. Brewster of 14 Exeter Avenue discovered the pinnacle of I.R.C. During the transcendent moment, Mr. Brewster - while wearing an original New York Dolls T-shirt purchased at a CBGB's Dolls show - recounted the time in 1968 he saw The Velvet Underground perform in Andy Warhol's studio. From that moment on, the mythical pinnacle was a reality.

Ironically, like most in-crowd references, one must have some IRC to even be able to accurately spot IRC.

It is also possible to achieve "ironic indie rock cred." This is when something goes so low on the scale that it swings back around to the top; i.e. a guy wearing Hello Kitty stuff and listening to the Backstreet Boys. This should only be attempted by trained professionals.
"Oh man, sportin' the Stooges shirt; some major I.R.C. there."

"I dunno guys; I think I lost I.R.C. when I bought the John Mayer album."

by TBurrus February 04, 2009
Abbreviation for Internet Relay Chat. A multiplayer notepad.
by dIRe_ July 31, 2003
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a chat protocol initially developed as a means of communication back in the days of BBS (Bulletin Board System).

Clients connect to a specified server which is part of a collection of servers known as an IRC network. If a client is to send a message to a user on a different server within the same IRC network, the message is relayed between the servers and then to the other client.

IRC is a text only means of communication, non-text communications or files are sent via IRC's file transfer protocol, known as DCC.

Unlike other chat protocols, IRC does not require you to have an account that you sign in with, but most IRC networks offer you the ability to reserve your nickname.

Common IRC clients include X-Chat, mIRC, Irssi and BitchX.
I went to chat on IRC last night but ghee was lagged..
by webjunkie June 11, 2005
Short for Internet Relay Chat. Is a great and more advanced way of talking to people.
Although I mostly use AIM, because everyone has it, IRC is for the more advanced user, you hardly ever see any n00bs on any channels.
by SCANK May 08, 2005
It's a place where broken and odd people gather to get drunk in a flood of text and insanity.
Many people in irc share thoughts and feelings that they would never reveal to another human on a personal level.
by Kurisuchanrin June 14, 2004
Internet Relay Chat; It's how hackers talk when they don't want to be overheard. It's a pretty primitive chat program. Think of it like shipping channels in the ocean: you can't see them until a boat cuts through the water leaving a wake. If two boats meet in the middle of the ocean to swap a load of illegal drugs, you have to catch them in realtime. Otherwise there's no record of the meeting left behind.
***connecting to port_6667 of #channel irc
***loading .ircr version 2.9.5+Cr17f+F08
***users on #channel: @the_fist, @00zemeister
> the_fist G07 4 5urpr153 4 U
by Numb3rs lol November 14, 2009
IRC is a colossal time waster. Its a place to go chat instead of having a social life. I've replaced studying for exams with IRC
I have an exam 10 minutes ago
by mikeshoup November 18, 2004
The catalyst in the process of A to C minus.
IRC is addictive.
by Anonymous March 12, 2004

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