The term “Electroclash” was coined (and copyrighted) by New York DJ Larry Tee who staged the first “Electroclash” festival in 2001 grouping together likeminded electro artists including Fisherspooner, A.R.E. Weapons, Adult., Peaches, Chicks on Speed and Ladytron. The term gained widespread currency that same year when established DJ Felix Da Housecat teamed up with the High Priestess of Electroclash, Miss Kitten to produce “Silver Screen - Shower Scene”, giving the movement it’s first worldwide smash hit.
Lary Tee’s act of copyrighting the term “Electroclash” appears to have alienated many artists who now furiously deny any association with it leading to some uncertainty of where the movement’s boundaries actually lie. This situation has been further compounded by later bandwagon jumpers latching on to the movement’s more obvious cliché’s (eg: vocoded vocals and lyrics about androids) resulting in some ridicule incurred by the independent artists being undeservedly heaped upon the wider movement.
* Larry Tee -The Electroclash Mix
* Fischerspooner -#1
* Ladytron - Light and Magic
* Miss Kitten and the Hacker - First Album
* Felix Da Housecat - Kittenz & the Glitz
*Adult. - Anxiety Always
*The Faint - Danse Macabre
It kind of goes in 3 ways: Artsy, "intellectual" musicians who love art galleries, then there's super-queer, club-oriented, has-nothing-to-do-with-nothing lyrics, and finally, the third direction, the dark, or "synthtron" (see Ishkur's guide to electronic music), which isn't as camp, the artists sharing album space on compilations with miss kittin, Front 242 and even dope stars inc.
The genre is alright. You can be a pretentious wannabe-in-the-80s valley girl, A european light-goth, or a simple pop-tart, and listen to it.
Fischerspooner - Emerge
Ladytron (not strictly) - seventeen
Dirty Sanchez - fucking on the dancefloor
VIVA LA BON-BON!!