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From what I can gather it seems to apply to bands in the veign of Johnny Foreigner, Los Campesinos, etc?
a bit like the new punk pop.
Any reference to popular culture from childhood is a dead give away too.
In music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RN09zYiQAc
I mean everytime I have seen Alexi he has been wearing a New Era cap he is more hip-hop than twee.
its who you are.
I'm pretty sure there was some glock popping goin on and the odd hoe at the gig.
are vaguely twee sounding !
with an open mind and eating candies, you'll see...
think cardigans, cute voices, spotty dresses.
also this is my favourite blog ever
"and lets not forget the guys! johan looks bedazzling in his mod-inspired blazer and plaid scarf. but hes not the only thing looking good in this picture. a vintage aston martin with burberry seat cushions is the perfect accesory for a night on the town. "hey ladies, care for a ride?" he asks casually"
They are in denial about this. See also Rolo Tomassi.
you big sexist
a lesson in twee:
shitty little casio drumbeat
Unique new camp twee shouty singing style
guitar on "these cheap plastic seats"
Girl Boy vocals
Clever (you go girlfriend) lyrics
And so on
like los camps and help she cant swim.
but no they're not. YR was an obscure thing they invented and now its extra-indie-in-the-know-i-like-sonic-youth language and very twee.
Sonic Youth stole "yr" off the beatniks, Kerouac et al. (for the record I can't stand it in any context).
yeah, I should have said "I think" or something in there somewhere, but why bother.
I agree with whichever writer said twee is a pejorative term something that something is accused of being, if similar sentiments are accepted as being geniune then it just is what it is, where as if it seems to be too affected it is twee
mostly adopted by social recluses and autistics, commonly used defence for terrible, badly played music
'twee' is really only seriously/unironically used by Twee As Fuck and people who use it in the accusatory. When you have the Guardian a) calling The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart 'twee' b) because they're Teenage Fanclub fans, you realise the word has been taken well away from Tallulah Gosh etc connotations by most. For what is deemed 'twee', I might as well quote Jimmy from the Bobby McGees on another forum:
"Must Contain: flowery dresses, hairslides, subtle lyrics about shagging, Xylophone / glockenspiel, lo-fi production, the ability to annoy the fuck out of 3/4 of the audience, live shows that are more like 16th Birthday parties than ROCK CONCERTS!
Should Contain: ukuleles, references to the smiths, Quotes from "great works of literature", Scottish boys/English girls, a drummer who stands up, Mod Parkas (badges not patches!) Doc's, A K Records t-shirt
May Contain: A little jangly guitar, A little more distorted guitar"
any band that sounds like them. See also Tallulah Gosh. I used to love twee indie pop. But can't stand it now. I'm quite happy that it was a short lived phase. Belle and Sebastian transcend twee somewhat, they're just a great indie pop band.
Beat Happening are regarded as about the first twee pop band right?
I wouldn't say johnny foreigner are twee at all. they're indie pop, but no tweeness really.
stare at it for a few minutes and you'll understand. Aaaah Bis(to)
and supposedly charmingly inarticulate, self-effacing sadness about boys/girls not fancying you - I'd go with Bearsuit, Kimya Dawson, Los Campesinos (bad bad bad), and The Blow as being twee - some good, some awful.
Probably nearer 30. In the 80s there were bands like Talulah Gosh, Beat Happening and bands on Sarah Records that would be classed as twee. Primal Scream were WELL twee when they started out. Then, although it never really disappeared, it became more prominent with Belle & Sebastian in the 90s.
Or something along those lines.
it's fairly obvious who is if you understand what twee means.
And for the record that "YR" thing that they use in Plan B (I'm talking to you Everett True) is so fucking annoying. As is at least half of the smug journalism in that magazine
none of the responses on here have really got at what I thought twee meant, or at least the way I usually use the word. A fairly important part is obviously that the band sound happy and "cute" in some way, but another really important part is that they have no/very little depth musically and lyrically. Twee always seems synonymous with "fun", but I use the term "fun" in the perjorative too. Art with no depth makes me angry. It's almost not art at all.
is that bands who sounds like they could be twee on the surface but actually have a great degree of complexity cease being twee in my eyes, e.g. Sufjan Stevens. He could easily be twee because of his voice/instrumentation, but not only is the instrumentation very subtly complex, his lyrics have so much depth and intelligence. Not "cute" at all.