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Underground music

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A Swedish poster promoting underground music bands.
A Swedish poster promoting underground music bands.

Underground music comprises musical genres beyond mainstream culture. Any song that is not being legally commercialized is considered underground.

Underground music may tend to express common ideas, such as high regard for sincerity and intimacy, freedom of creative expression as opposed to the highly formulaic composition of commercial music, and appreciation of artistic individuality as opposed to conformity to current mainstream trends. Apart from perhaps the underground rock scenes in the pre-Mikhail Gorbachev Soviet Union, or the modern anti-Islamic metal scene of theocratic states in the Arabian Peninsula, very few types of underground music are completely hidden, although performances and recordings may be difficult for outsiders to find.

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Been all around the world Been all around the world All around the world same song All around the world same song All around the world same song All, all around the world same song I came for the party to get naughty, get my rocks on eat popcorn, watch you move your body to the pop song That I'm singing, dinga-linging, funky beats ringing everybody's swinging in the place As I kick the J-A-Z-Z-Y style R&B mixing it with the hip hop swing beat Champagne in my hand, it won't be long till I'm gone it's just the same old song it's just a freestyle, meanwhile, we keep the beat kickin' sweat dripping, girlies in the limo eatin' chicken Oops don't get the grease on your pantyhose I love ya Rover, move over, I gotta blow my nose Sneezing, but still I'm pleasin' to all the slimmies pull out my jimmie, time to get busy wit a Jenny If it's good and plenty, don't you know There I go, there I go, there I go But I don't go nowhere without my jim hat If I'm rapping, 'cause she's clapping Then I'm strapping 'cause I'm smarter than that Then girlie maybe we can get along Cutie after cutie, it's just the same old song All around the world same song All, all around the world same song All around the world same song All, all around the world same song Money B, the freaky deaky, the sqeaky meaky up and down as a matter of fact I'll be right back I gotta take a leaky So I'm drainin' entertainin', but I got fame And the bases I touch too much for me tryin' to be namin' Aiyyo, you saw me on cable and grinned I busted in and I was Gone With The Wind Clark Gable back in Oakland it's the same old song Sport these shorties, same freckles and hat Drinkin' the same 40's Hypothetical, political, lyrical, miracle whip Just like butter, my rhymes are legit 'Cause I'm the humpty. not humpty dumpty, but humpty hump here a hump, there a hump, everywhere a Humpty hump Ah shut up and just listen Not dissin' don't get me wrong But to me it's just the same old song So just watch, 'cause my name is Shock, I like to rock and you can't stop this 2Pac go ahead and rock this Now I clown around when I hang around with the Underground girls used to frown, say I'm down, when I come around Gas me and when they pass me they use to diss me Harass me, but now they ask me if they can kiss me Get some fame, people change, wanna live they life high same song, can't go wrong, if I play the nice guy (Claimin' fame, must have changed, now that we became strong) I remain, still the same (why Tu'?) 'cause it's the same song All around the world same song All, all around the world same song



Some underground rock bands never got non-mainstream roots. They are radical, aggressive 60s bands such as The Velvet Underground,[1] The Stooges, MC5, 70s bands like The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash, and 80s hardcore punk bands like Discharge.[2] Some underground styles eventually became mainstream, commercialized pop styles, as did for example, the underground hip hop style of the early 1980s. In the 2000s, the increasing availability of the Internet and digital music technologies has made underground music easier to distribute using streaming audio and podcasts. Some experts in cultural studies now argue that "there is no underground" because the Internet has made what was underground music accessible to everyone at the click of a mouse. One expert, Martin Raymond, of London-based company The Future Laboratory, commented in an article in The Independent, saying trends in music, art, and politics are:

... now transmitted laterally and collaboratively via the internet. You once had a series of gatekeepers in the adoption of a trend: the innovator, the early adopter, the late adopter, the early mainstream, the late mainstream, and finally the conservative. But now it goes straight from the innovator to the mainstream.

In effect, this means a boy band (for instance) could be influenced by a (formerly) obscure 1960s garage rock, early 1980s post punk, noise rock acts like Pussy Galore or even composers of avant-garde classical music such as John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, while maintaining recognizability as a boy band.[3]


The term "underground music" has been applied to various artistic movements, for instance the psychedelic music movement of the mid-1960s, but the term has in more recent decades come to be defined by any musicians who tend to avoid the trappings of the mainstream commercial music industry otherwise it tells only truth through the music. Frank Zappa attempted to define "underground" by noting that the "mainstream comes to you, but you have to go to the underground." In the 1960s, the term "underground" was associated with the hippie counterculture and psychedelic drugs, and applied to journalism and film as well as music, as they sought to communicate psychedelic experiences and Free love ideals. In modern popular music, the term "underground" refers to performers or bands ranging from artists that do DIY guerrilla concerts and self-recorded shows to those that are signed to small independent labels. In some musical styles, the term "underground" is used to assert that the content of the music is illegal or controversial, as in the case of early 1990s death metal bands in the US such as Cannibal Corpse for their gory cover art and lyrical themes. Black metal is also an underground form of music and its Norwegian scene are notorious for their association with church burnings, the occult, murders and their Anti-Christian views. All of extreme metal is considered underground music for its extreme nature.

Shlomo Sher's "philosophy for artists" argues that there are three common misconceptions about the "underground": that it refers exclusively to the rave/electronica scene; that it can be described with a vague, broad definition of "anything which is not mainstream"; and the myth that underground music is kept secret; he points out that no band or performer "exclud[es] virtually anyone or anything" using "secret passwords and hidden map points". Instead, Sher claims that "underground music" is linked by shared values, such as a valuing of grassroots "reality" over music with "pre-wrapped marketing glossing it up"; sincerity and intimacy; freedom of creative expression is valued over commercial success; art is appreciated as deeply meaningful fashion; and the Underground "difficult to find", because the scene hides itself from "less committed visitors" who would trivialize the music and culture.

In a Counterpunch magazine article, Twiin argues that "Underground music is free media", because by working "independently, you can say anything in your music" and be free of corporate censorship.[2] The genre of post-punk is often considered a "catchall category for underground, indie, or lo-fi guitar rock" bands which "initially avoided major record labels in the pursuit of artistic freedom, and out of an 'us against them' stance towards the corporate rock world", spreading "west over college station airwaves, small clubs, fanzines, and independent record stores."[4] Underground music of this type is often promoted through word-of-mouth or by community radio DJs. In the early underground scenes, such as the Grateful Dead jam band fan scenes or the 1970s punk scenes, crude home-made tapes were traded (in the case of Deadheads) or sold from the stage or from the trunk of a car (in the punk scene). In the 2000s, underground music became easier to distribute, using streaming audio and podcasts.[5]

A music underground can also refer to the culture of underground music in a city and its accompanying performance venues. The Kitchen is an example of what was an important New York City underground music venue in the 1960s and 1970s. CBGB[6] is another famous New York City underground music venue claiming to be "Home of Underground Rock since 1973".[7]

Genres associated with underground music

Many genres have been associated with being underground throughout modern history, as well as today, but the definition of underground is relative to what the mainstream is at the time. The definition of "underground" isn't clear cut, as it has been used as another marketing gimmick at times. It's a definition that varies from country to country. What's considered to be underground music in Iran may be mainstream in Russia, for example. This list is one of genres historically associated with being "underground", as well as today.


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  2. ^ a b "April 2004 Underground Music is Free Media By MICKEY Z." Archived from the original on 2008-06-19.
  3. ^ "Meet the global scenester: He's hip. He's cool. He's everywhere". The Independent. 13 August 2008. Archived from the original on 24 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Essortment - Free Online Articles on Health, Science, Education & More". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24.
  5. ^ "Underground Music Podcast". mirPod.
  6. ^ BubbleUp, LTD. "CBGB - Birthplace of NYC's Rock, Folk & Punk Music". CBGB & OMFUG. Archived from the original on 2003-11-19.
  7. ^ "Security Check Required". Archived from the original on 2018-05-11.

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