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A person who doesnt really fit under any other tag. An alternative person will listen to any music, as long as they like it. E.G. Rock, indie, Rap and or opera aslong as it is to their preference.
Alternative people also differ in what they wear. Bright colours, dark colours, skinny jeans, baggy jeans, hoodys or leather jackets its whatever the alternative person (lets call him Dave) feels like.
Alternative people often get mistaken for a different stereotype such as mosher or emo.

Alternative people are basically themselves, most also do not stereotype others, they just cannot find a stereotype that they themselves fit into
*Random person* " Eyyaa why you listening to that sh#t(referring to Nirvana for example.) are you a mosher or something..
*Dave the alernative kid* Nooo, i just, like it...
*Random person* Whys your hair long, you an emo or what?
*Dave the alternative kid* Nope i just prefer it.
by Dope91 March 23, 2008
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DUDE- can someone tell what alternative means?

DUDE2- its lost its meaning, so don't think about it.
by nostaw tarum December 17, 2007
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by paul of death October 24, 2003
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Alternative applies to people, usually fairly young people (young at heart at least!), that do not fit into any particular subculture but are definitely not townies or any other 'mainstream' types.

Personally, I like lots of different music, from Joy Division to Alanis Morissette and Nirvana. Because this is not 'cool' music (if by cool you mean mindless shite like hip hop and garage, yo, yo me-freestyle bollocks that townies like!) I would call it alternative music which therefore makes me alternative.

So basically, alternative is the best term to label yourself with if you want to position yourself outside of the mainstream without tying yourself down to a particualar subculture, such as goth or grunger
Townie (who happens to white, who would have thunk it!)- What tha fucks wrong with yo, turn dat Nirvana shit off and spin some of deez tunes on ya deck. Me got de Blazing Squad, me got de yo-yo-yos, whos in de house, me got de dance de de boppy, breaker style.

Alternative - Come back and speak to me when you've taken some English classes and learnt the language the rest of us have agreed on. Untill then, fuck off and get some clothes that arent WHITE.
by The Alt rock chimp June 06, 2004
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Alternative is a genre of music that emerged in the late 70s/early 80s and became popular in the 90s. The term "alternative" was coined in the 80s to discribe punk influenced, but hard to label college and or indie rock bands such as Violent Femmes, or The Pixies. Alternative became popular in the early 90s when bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Red Hot Chili Pepperswhere discovered by the mainstream music industry and MTV (witch played music at the time.)

Alternative is NOT: pop rock bands such as fall Out Boy simple Plan, Metro Station, Panic At the Disco or Paramore. Those bands lack the origanal content and creativeity that real alternative bands have.
11 year old girl: so what kind of music do you like?

Me: mostly alternative

11 year old girl: OMG ME TOOO!!!!11 I LEIK FALL OUT BOY AND SIMPLE PLAN AND METRO STATION!!11

Me:umm, i whouldn't call that alternative.

11 year old girl: well what alternative music do you like then?

me: Radiohead, Nirvana, R.E.M, The Pixies, Violent Femmes,Pearl Jam, etc.

11 year old: EWW WHATS NIRVANA WHO R THEY I LIKE FALL OUT BOY BETTER THEY ARE CUTER NIRVANA R POUSURS!!11
by Polexia October 09, 2008
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Someone or something that goes against the mainstream and classification. An alternative person cannot be grouped as emo, punk, goth, prep, hippie, nerd, or any other stereotypical group.
Also refers to music. Alternative music is not part of any other genre. Therefore, it cannot be called grunge, punk, metal, pop , etc. Most alternative bands are indie.
Alternative band include: The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol, the Postal Service, Rage Against the Machine.
Antonyms: Green Day, the Spice Girls, Killswitch Engage, etc.
by Mister Know-it-all January 04, 2006
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A term used to descibe music that is an alternative from the mainstream music. Although this term is irrelevent now, because what is refered to as alternative is in fact, the mainstream music.
Boy1:what kind of music do you like"
Boy2:alternative.
Boy1:why?
Boy2:because i dont like to listen to the same thing everyone else does.
Boy1:umm alternative is what everyone listens to....
by Blake Springer August 26, 2005
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