Indie music tends to be more of a sweeping umbrella term for alternative music and it has engulfed many bands which you wouldn’t class as strictly ‘Indie’. Nirvana, for example, who is thought to be one of the pioneers of the Indie scene, is very difficult to compare to the likes of Oasis or Pulp, who rose to the fame in the early 1990s in the UK. Perhaps the comparison can’t be made due to their differing geographical origins? Or is it more due to the appeal of the bands’ differing styles?
This is most likely when the Indie scene split into sub-genres with Nirvana paving the way for the grunge scene and Oasis spearheading the Britpop revolution in Europe. Both styles are considered as Indie, however, it’s fascinating to see the popularity change. Dave Grohl once of Nirvana forming Foo Fighters and having a play in Queens of the Stone Age’s rise to fame, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers also using the rock surge of the 80s to evolve out of Indie and into their own grunge style. On the other hand, you could argue that Britpop’s evolution from Indie music has almost dissipated. The hardcore fans still exist of course and perhaps the true identity of Indie music being ‘independent’ does still exist with a shift back of the Oasis, Blur and Pulp style sliding back behind the scenes and underground again.
Although Indie music is still regarded as one of the most popular styles of music, it no longer seems to ring true to its name especially in the UK. Bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs and The Kooks definitely extended the genre but there doesn’t seem to be the continued popularity as there once used to be. Witness of the evolution of music at its best, no doubt!