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Jangle Pop


Jangle pop is a genre of alternative rock from the mid-1980s that marked a return to the chiming guitars and pop melodies of the '60s and bands such as The Byrds, with their electric twelve-string guitars and power pop song structures. Mid-1980s jangle pop was a non-mainstream, pop-based format with some folk-rock overtones. Between 1984 and 1987, bands included Southern-pop bands like R.E.M. and Let's Active and a subgenre called Paisley Underground which incorporated psychedelic influences.

Jangle Pop was an American post-punk movement of the mid-'80s that marked a return to the chiming guitars and pop melodies of the '60s. While the style was spearheaded by the band R.E.M., it was essentially a pop-based format with "some folk-rock overtones. It was non-mainstream music with deliberately cryptic lyrics and raw and amateurish DIY production. Between 1984 and 1987, bands included Southern-pop bands like R.E.M. and Let's Active and a subgenre called Paisley Underground which incorporated psychedelic influences. Besides R.E.M., another significant jangle-pop band to enjoy large sales success was The Bangles, from Los Angeles. While better known for their glossy hits like "Manic Monday", their first album and EP were organic, real jangle-pop efforts in a Byrds/Big Star vein, spiced with a dash of psychedelia on their debut.

Jangle pop influenced college rock during the early 1980s, as exemplified by early albums of R.E.M., Game Theory, The dB's, Let's Active, The Connells, Guadalcanal Diary and The Beat Farmers. In Austin, Texas the term "New Sincerity" was loosely used for a similar group of bands, led by The Reivers, Wild Seeds and True Believers.

The U.K. C86 scene and twee pop share qualities with jangle pop. There were vibrant scenes in the UK (The Stone Roses, The Brilliant Corners, Jazz Butcher, Monochrome Set, The Popguns, Loft, The Family Cat, Felt, James), Australia (The Go-Betweens, Hummingbirds, The Church) and New Zealand (The "Dunedin Sound" of bands such as The Clean, Mad Scene, Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, The Bats, The Chills).
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