Indie rock is a genre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Indie rock is extremely diverse, with sub-genres that include indie pop, jangle pop, and lo-fi (all of which have their own tags on Discogs), among others.
Originally used to indicate that the music had been produced by independent record labels, the term became associated with the music, and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US, and then Brit Pop bands in the UK, broke into the mainstream in the 1990s (all of these styles again have their own tags), it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, a number of indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term.
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