Indie is a genre that allows people to pick u a cheap guitar, sing/talk in a nasal manor. In Britain it is popular to do this with a thick colloquial accent such as Cockney or Geordie. Indie is about being different, only in the same way as everyone else who is indie. Indies, as indie lovers are known, pride them selves on their openness to “new” music, so long as it sounds like The Clash or has a synthesiser badly played in an annoying 80’s manor all the way through it. The fast guitar solo was outlawed in indie in 1989. You can only be an indie guitarist if you have a tinny nasty guitar tone and play slightly out of sync with your drummer. Indie bassist died out in 1987 and so they are left with a computer putting in 1/8th note repetitions.
Indie fashion: It is Topman fashion that isn’t purchased from Topman or other such high street chains. Charity shop clothes are preferred however if you spent £70 on a pair of 1965 socks from Christies auction house that’s ok too.
In the indie world or the uk, NME tell you which bands to like and dislike, strict adherence to this is strongly recomended otherwise you may be seen to be disturbing the independance of indie
Pete Doherty is the king of indie.
the Axel Rose of Indie
Famed for not turning up at gigs, or when turning up being off his face. Fans love him for "the intimacy of the gig" (meaning only 5 fans turn up and the rest of band get pissed off and leave) and "the pain of his story" lets all turn up and feel sorry for a guy will be joining the 27 club.
Also famed for breaking into a bandmates house, stealing and selling his guitars for heroin.
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty king and queen of cool in theindie world! or so say NME
by pappydu October 11, 2005
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(n) an obscure form of rock which you only learn about from someone slightly more hip than yourself.
Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Rilo Kiley, etc.
by kidAndrew July 19, 2004
indie is cooler than emo.
indie is > emo for sear.
by ace March 23, 2005
The term: Short for independent rock. In terms of music it would be independent of major labels/mainstream stuff.

History: grew out from 60s garage, 70s punk, and 80s post punk it started in the mid 80s as alternative/college radio music. Once nirvana hit big the alternative genre split: the popular side was just alternative(Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, No Doubt, etc.) and the other half that wasn't mainstream(by choice or not) became indie rock(Pavement, Sebadoh, Built To Spill, etc).

Some bands have signed to major labels but are still considered indie(Modest Mouse, etc.). Go figure.

Sound: In the begining indie sounded like alternative(because it was) but it grew more experimental and weird. In Britain indie has more of a typical sound like Radiohead, Muse, etc. rather than a definition based on 'the scene.'

The scene: if you really think all indie kids do is try to be cooler than other people then... well.. you're mostly right. The main point is, don't take the scene and the whole hipster attitude seriously. No one does. And if you do, well, then I'm cooler than you.
just gimme indie rock
by tori January 03, 2004
independent music. The anti-"emo". (well, maybe like emo's second cousin twice-removed with more talent, skill, and IQ)

the state of being "indie":

1)being unable to talk to anyone about your music.

2)but knowing that, in the process, you're way cooler than the kids you try to talk to about it.
indie kid: The Shins(before garden state)? Muse? The Snake The Cross The Crown? Pedro the Lion?...anyone? Bueller? anyone?
by golden_touch167 March 08, 2005
A gloriously vague term for Independant Music. Basically unsigned or more obscure bands (It's odd that Radiohead and REM are considered indie...). While the indie scene is known for it's jackass elitism, this doesn't spill over and hurt what's most important....the music. One of the few generas left that can at least carry a fucking tune without screaming like a retard or crying.

(Examples of Indie music)

80's- Joy Division, Sonic Youth, The Smiths

90's- Pavement, Radiohead, The Pixies, Happy Mondays (Are they considered dance music or indie rock?).

Now- The Shins, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie/The Postal Service, Rilo Kelly, Modest Mouse.
Indie Kid- "Do you guys carry Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain by Pavement or Closer by Joy Division?

Confused FYE Employee- "Uhh, no. We do have a wall of My Chemical Romance albums on the wall behind you".

Indie Kid- "Fuck"
by The Dude December 18, 2004
1. Music released on an independent label
2. Any music slightly left of mainstream
3. Not always about lost love, sometimes about Christmas in Zoos and other things often seen while smoking funny stuff
"Yeah, Im into Indie"
"You don't look it"
"Do I have to?"
by Melchett May 02, 2004
According to the dictionary, 'indie' is an informal version of the word independent.

Although this definition is accurate, the word has come to mean more. For many, it has come to symbolize originality and forward-thinking, especially in music and design.

By this definition, indie is any business or designer that is not associated with a large company. Indie can also define the consumer who chooses to support small business, independent record labels and handmade items rather than shopping at big-box stores.
I can't wait to attend the upcoming fashion show- there will be some great indie designers there and I'm looking for something unique!
by CraftRevolution June 07, 2005
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