EW's Indie Rock 25

Let It Be – 1984 style
Entertainment Weekly has put together The Indie Rock 25. The list is described as "the adventurous artists and albums that defined each year from 1984 to the present outside the major label sphere, from the Replacements to the Pixies, Pavement to Modest Mouse, and the White Stripes to Radiohead."

The list begins with Radiohead's In Rainbows for 2008 and runs backwards to The Replacements' Let It Be in 1984. Sure to cause contentious arguments, the list is well written and makes a lot of good points about the influence and value of rock artists to make their mark in the past 25 years.

While hanging around their entertainment enclaves you may also be amused by Acts of God: 12 TV/Movie Jesuses or Tricks of the Trade: 25 Hollywood Hookers.

[Published on: 3/23/08]

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hnkscrpio Sun 3/23/2008 03:12PM
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Don't understand why The White Stripes were on this list. They were already extremely mainstream, getting extensive radio play, and video play on MTV and VH1. What else could we expect from Entertainment Weekly so called "indie" rock list. It really pisses me off how first "alternative" became not so "alternative" and now there are tons of so called "indie" acts that are as mainstream as ever.

phisherman81 starstar Sun 3/23/2008 03:19PM
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cuttyfives Sun 3/23/2008 03:30PM
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RothburyWithCheese star Sun 3/23/2008 04:41PM
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uhoh Sun 3/23/2008 05:12PM
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happydestiny Sun 3/23/2008 06:54PM
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I generally agree with most of what hnkscripo posts, and he has turned me on to new stuff and new ideas. Keep postin hnk, ignore the rude outspoken members of this site and focus on the good shit that gets posted around here

LTJFreak Sun 3/23/2008 07:08PM
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Only 3 good bands? Wow, I can say that I am very happy that you are not gainfully employed at any music web 'zine or syndication for that matter. To discredit the other 20+ bands not only indicates you have no experience in the matter, but that you have been living under a rock for some time.

Spoon, Arcade Fire, The Hold Steady, Pavement, MBV, Fugazi...etc all garbage? I would love to see what your iPod looks like. That would be a laugh. My guess is it consists of 6 bands total with multiple live shows of each proving your lack of sophistication, or want for diversity through amazing music.

It doesn't take a 10 minute jam for something to be good.

mhaddon Sun 3/23/2008 08:27PM
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mike savage

the fact that you listed the white stripes in the "only good 3 bands on the list" shows how very little you know about music other than the shitty jambands you listen to, give some of these cds a listen

Flat5 Sun 3/23/2008 08:40PM
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aw come on now, leave michaelsavage alone, he's just ignorant and does'nt know any better...LTJ and mhaddon that's sum funny shit tho

Fyrepower starstarstarstar Sun 3/23/2008 10:26PM
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I find it pretty funny that in a feature ostensibly about the influence and importance of each album, Radiohead got on there for "In Rainbows" and not for, respectively, the most important album of the 90's (OK Computer) and one of the most revolutionary of the last ten years (Kid A).

rulosa01 star Sun 3/23/2008 10:55PM
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More late-breaking well written and informative news from Entertainment Weekly:


youenjoymyself33 Sun 3/23/2008 11:41PM
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Fyrepower -

Up until 'In Rainbows' Radiohead was signed to Capitol records, a major label. Part of Entertainment Weekly's criteria for a band to make the list was that the band had to be signed to an independent label for the given album. So they weren't snubbed for OK Computer and Kid A, they just didn't fit the criteria. That is all.

youenjoymyself33 Sun 3/23/2008 11:46PM
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oh, and michael savage...you've been put in your place already, and i hate when people start stupid fights on message boards but...you can shampoo my crotch.

andrewdeluxe Mon 3/24/2008 11:48AM
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This is exactly why this whole indie trend is fucking lame. The word "indie" means an artist on an a small independent record label, or that produces or distributes their material themselves. With this new trend, indie means a genre of music - watered down powerpop or pretentious electronic foolery. But it really means nothing. Most of these "indie" record labels are subsidiaries of the big record labels anyways. Indie now means flash in the pan bands playing pretentiously weird, but unoriginal pop music. Bands that are cool because they are obscure. What this article and list and subsequent bickering do is simply cement the fact that only one thing remains consistent in the indie music culture - pretentiousness.

Some of those bands are really cool: Pavement, Radiohead, Dinosaur Jr, The Pixies, MBV sometimes, etc etc. But seriously, if thats a top 25, its more like an essay on why indie music sucks ass.

Flat5 Mon 3/24/2008 11:58AM
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well put, andrew. it IS Entetainment Weekly, tho, so, ya know it might as well have been USA Today or something. these publications are the equivalent of a comic book, imo.

RedHeaven Mon 3/24/2008 12:04PM
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I have to admit, Andrew, I loved your post. Tho harsh and negative, I cant deny that I feel the same way. I think I just burnt out on a lot of "artsy alterna rock" back in the day. I was seeing shows like that when a lot of people were seeing Phish. Now the old Phish fans want something different, but someone like me who grew up with the Pixies and Fugazi live, is tired of that now. Funny cycles.....I actually dont think this music is horrible, but agree with a lot of wht you said. And yes, the word "indie" is confusing these days.

knibbs Mon 3/24/2008 12:26PM
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"indie" and "jamband" are two terms I absolutely hate. They have been misinterpreted for years, and used too generically for people who can't classify music. Indie has replaced "alternative", and jamband has replaced fusion/jazz. It's all just music...

knibbs Mon 3/24/2008 12:28PM
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and people are entitled to their opinions.

peaton Mon 3/24/2008 01:46PM
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onesome crowded west was spot on, same with slanted and enchanted. But I think Kings of Leon's "Aha Shake Heartbreak" should have got on there somewhere. But really what does it matter, entertainment weekly has no place doing some countdown like this, they should leave it up to a music publication.

sleewell starstarstar Mon 3/24/2008 03:08PM
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doesnt "indie" mean independent?? doesnt that mean, not on a major recod label? and why are articles from entertainment weekly newsworthly on jambase?

Flat5 Mon 3/24/2008 05:25PM
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"why are articles from entertainment weekly newsworthly on jambase?"

good point.

j-bizzle Tue 3/25/2008 07:02AM
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"why are articles from entertainment weekly newsworthy on jambase?"

Regardless of where it came from, I think for the most part its a pretty valid list. The stuff I grew up on, ie Fugazi, Dino Jr., Sonic Youth, Pixies, etc... paved the way for a lot of music that I listen to today. Dave Schools played with J Mascis in the Fog. Trey loves Pavement. And I am pretty sure, EW used freelance music writers for this piece.

kirkbrew Tue 3/25/2008 03:30PM
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Spoon, Hold Steady, Bright Eyes, Interpole??? Who are they kidding? They take a jab at Arctic Monkeys not living up to their potential, but Interpole have?

I like Spoon, but that album SUCKED! I’m not sure when excessive and un-natural reverb became “experimental”.

Looking through this list, you see what a great era ’84 to ’92 was and how bad music has sucked recently. Those are all amazing albums. Everyone should listen to more Dino Jr, Replacements and Pixies.

youenjoymyself33 Wed 3/26/2008 03:37PM
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Music hasn't sucked since '92. Funeral, Elephant, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and Lonesome Crowded West are albums on the list past 1992 that are among the best albums I have ever heard. And there's tons of good music being made right now. So...I would have to wholeheartedly disagree. And I think Entertainment Weekly did a damn good job on this article.