1. Short for independant, usually music, as in independant label, independantly produced, etc. It DOES NOT have a particular sound since it really only refers to label and production (bands such as Modest Mouse and Of Montreal sound nothing alike, yet they are both indie).
2. Can also refer to stores or businesses that aren't part of chains.
3. Listeners are not flowery scene kids, as is generally believed. However, listeners MAY be stoned.
4. Is awesome.
Wal-Mart is to indie as brussel sprouts is to tasty.
Indie is just another trend, like anything else. Its the bastard child of emo. How to be indie - read pitchfork every single day, pretend to be into many genres of music, talk about bands as convoluded as you possible can, constantly try and find some obscure peice of music that nobody else has, say that its not as good as thier old stuff about every new album by any band that has a previous release, conform to the artistic nuancues within - its a bit like dada, read existentialist literature, wear blazers scarves, tight pants, "cool" artsy tshirts, pretend like you are not just part of another group by claiming complete originality, live in a slummy apartment, be "spontaneous" and "random", make shitty electronic music with your laptop and synthesizer, drink vitamin water all the time, smoke cigarettes, be super choosy about friends and pretend like indie people are the only "real" people, dont forget, you are totally original!
Lamer 1:Hey, did you get the new autechre?
Lamer 2:uuuuh - yeah! its not as good as thier old stuff.
Lamer 1:fuck you there isnt a new autechre - youre not indie anymore
Lamer 2:omg i wanna die nobody likes me! - i wish there was a place that could tell me how to be hippest all the time!
Music of bands on independent labels. It is often mistaken as emo however, indie music is just better than emo music at so many levels and in so many ways. The lyrics are meaningful, clever and the tunes are generally pleasent and clever for the ears too as opposed to the fakely depressing, nasal-sounding moanings and whinings which emos call music. I'd say all emos should just go kill themselves because they obviously have no knowledge of music.
Cool Kid "Oh yeah, what's the name of that song by that indie band My Chemical Romance?"
Indie Kid (-thinks "fuck off and die"-) says "fuck off and get some musical knowledge. And grow some charisma and perhaps some sticky outy ears while you're at it. But you're not smart enough to do all those things so you might as well just die."
Cool Kid "God, i thought you were an indie kid."
Indie Kid "Just go, get away from me now!"
when you're musically alone (..sighsigh)
Indie Kid: Yey! This song by Blur is great?
Anybody else: ...Bl..who?
I.K. Blur!...I mean one of the best bands in the world...come on!Blur!Damon Albarn...Dan Abnormal...come on!....
I.K. ....oh, -the whoo hoo song-
A.e. yey!whoo hoo!great song really...then, have you heard the last avril lavigne song? she really rocks!
Form of rock music, short for independent. Bands such as the Libertines, the Cribs, Dirty Pretty Things the Coral etc are indie bands, however, bands such as razorlight, the wombats, the feeling are indie pop, and should all be shot dead
"Carl Barat is indie"
"Why do people think scouting for girls are indie? They're a shite pop group!"
Anything (band with independent label, style, person, etc.) that is 'independent'.
Bands are considered indie if they are independent label and make almost no money at all.
Kids generally call themselves indie when they shop at thrift stores. After their escapades in the thrift store, they then buy thousand-dollar Nikon cameras and a polaroid. They take loads of pictures from strange angles, take pointless pictures (such as shoes), and take provocative pictures (but to them, it's not provocative - it's indie).
These people then bitch to normal people about how 'normal' is overrated and that listening to mainstream music shows that you have no individuality.
Apparently, the only way to be an individual is to buy cheap-ass clothes that have been worn by who knows how many people, waste your time and money, and preach to others.
Indie Guy: What are you listening to?
John: Dynamite by Taio Cruz - man this shit has a sick beat.
Indie Guy: Wow. Way to completely turn over your individual soul and personality to the corporate music industry. Find mental maturity through real music by bands that nobody knows.
John: Dude. Shut up.
Indie Guy: I'm gonna go take some pictures of some stupid shit like dirt now.
John: Stupid ass indie kid.
Indie started out as being an individualist (hence the name indie), wearing what you want and listening to what you like (but mostly unheard of or obscure bands) but now has become more of a fashion which some people like and others do not.
British Indie is sort of a mix between mod and punk. The style of a mod and the attitude of a punk. The music listend to is the smiths, blur,the cure and bands which are heavily influenced (by agian, mod and punk bands) like the libertines, the others, the cribs, the coral, the paddingtons and bloc party amoungsed many others.
dad: Who do you think you are? Paul Weller?
mum: No, he thinks he's Joe Strummer!
gran: look at ya with ya scruffy jeans and messy hair. in my day you'd get a good sound thrashing if you went out like that!