"this is so indie" fall out of your mouth.
Indie isn't a package of certain clothes, shoes, and bands. Indie is unique. Indie kids are NOT in any way, shape, or form an emo kid. They don't listen to Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Devil Wears Prada, or any of that screamo shit. We prefer to slap on some big headphones with Ben Folds voice ringing in our ears. Classic punk bands will even suit us. Indie kids don't listen to the bands with the crazy straightened hair, colorfully patterned sweatshirts, or scary skin tight leather pants. NO THANK YOU. Indies prefer a nice cardigan, loosely fit skinny jeans, and a comfortable shirt. (NO, ASHLEE SIMPSON ISN'T INDIE!) Indie boys do prefer their hair long, but don't suffocate it with hairspray. Indie girls do sport bangs or side bangs, but don't dye the crap out of their hair and straighten it to death. Also, indie kids wouldn't be caught dead in anything emo-related, such as hello kitty, skelanimals, or anything sold at Hot Topic. Urban Outfitters is a pretty indie store, but as soon as all the emos take it over, the indies are moving on to something better. Unlike emo/scene kids Indie kids are not OBSESSED over myspace. Yeah we probably have one, but don't have a "whore code" or on a "train". Max adds don't tempt us, if someone adds us, then sure, I'll accept, and we won't deny because they don't have a lip piercing and never talk to them because they're not "emo" enough. Please, we're all fed up with the emo myspace whores selfishness and vanity. Indies are selfless and honestly, most of then i know, think they're pretty ugly but are confident nonetheless. Now if you're some pathetic scene kid looking up indie, because you think it'd be cool to be one. Press home and continue being the unoriginal person you are.
Indie Elite: Really? If so, then do you know the Fiery Furnaces?
Indie Poser: err no.
Indie Elite: Deerhoof?
Indie Poser: no.....
Indie Elite: Snowden?
Indie Poser: Nope. But I do listen to Damien Rice.
Indie Elite: *walks away*
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.
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.
(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.
Confused FYE Employee- "Uhh, no. We do have a wall of My Chemical Romance albums on the wall behind you".
Indie Kid- "Fuck"
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.