Grunge

An Alternative Rock Genre coming from Seattle Washington, Grunge exploded in the early to mid-’90s as acts like Pearl Jam and Nirvana overtook the mainstream. Lyrics are typically angst-filled and introspective, often addressing themes such as self-doubt, neglect, betrayal, social and emotional isolation, psychological trauma, and a desire for freedom.  Using the handout at home, talk about the last …

Synth Pop

In the 1980s, music was dramatically changed by the introduction of MTV (Music Television). This meant that music videos became more and more necessary for artists to gain popularity (especially with the youth) and sell records. Greater importance was placed on the appearance of musicians, and gimmicks became commonplace. A …

Punk Rock

An icon for rebellious and alienated teens, punk rock emerged in the latter half of the 1970s. Rooted in garage rock from the 60s, punk rock rejected the advertised excess of popular rock music at the time. The songs are typically short and fast-paced with political and anti-establishment (against powerful …