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...cartoon coverart drawn by an eleven year old (albeit a talented one).
hairslides at Belle and Sebastian gigs?
black rimmed glasses
songs relating to books
completely shite dancing
there's still lots more!
you only make music for yourself and if anyone else likes it that's a bonus.
In a promotional interview.
band t-shirts, cause people need to know what music you like and you can't wear those mp3's you downloaded weeks before the album came out.
oh, the xxx's? i saw their second gig, in a toilet, when they were still called yyy and they still had the old drummer. They've sold out now.
reading a lot
the neutral milk hotel album ages ago on import before it got released in the UK.
It's true, I did.
singles, albums, cd + dvd albums, special versions of albums, dvds, remastered versions of albums, revised artwork singles, remastered versions of special editions of albums...
and have an a-symetric haircut a chav.
Laughing at "chavs" for all dressing the same, unaware that the club you're in is full of clones
Never thinking for a minute that conor oburst might be whining about nothing
"We released it on our own label because that gives us more control." Not if "your own label" is just an imprint of a major it doesn't.
eating your meal in your bedroom rather than with the rest of the family
Being in a really bad band that basically does Nirvana covers
Believing Camden is actually an enjoyable place to go on a Saturday afternoon
about how crap certain bands are, while not being in a band yourself.
being "too cool" to actually express a liking for anything incase you get barred from the 'club of indifference' you helped cultivate and now regret.
Saying that you would never sell out like jack white, but actually being willing to sell your eyeballs to be on the front of NME.
Hmm, i feel old and cynical today.
that aren't actually mixed.
with the most obscure bands you can possibly think of on, regardless of whether they're actually any good, just to prove your extensive music knowledge.
Thats you - your talking about!
Only it should read 'trying to prove your extensive music knowledge.'
all those obscure bands like the white stripes, bloc party and editors. they've never sold any records or had any press.
besides - it takes blood and guts to be this cool but i'm still just a cliche.
about mix tapes is soooo true. My mate did a mix CD a while back and it was full of the most obscure crap ever and most of it was really shit. He didn't even like it but made it to look cool or some such shit.
Also, being blindly left wing is true. Like saying things like "rich people should have to give all their money away" or "fuck the veterans, I don't believe in war anyway". Grrr.
are really good and i like the stuff on them SO THERE
I really do make a lot of obscure mixtapes :|
Belle and Sebastien
likes skinny blokes with long hair
dressing like an explosion in a Japanese jumble sale
playing bass/keyboards in a band of boys
over-dressing for every occasion
I'm guilty of most of these things.
I'm not an indie cliche on either of your lists! the nearesti got was vintage - bit by that i mean classic - so i wear wellfititting coats, and so on
You've got your NME readers, who seem to be a dying breed now:
Tight thin jeans / girls' jeans
Hair like Carl Barat
Topman T-shirt that's pastille coloured, yellow or pink
Brown scruffy blazer or jacket
Use the word 'like' in every sentence, asm uch as possible
Then you've got your "I hate the NME and my favourite kind of music is DIY Hardcore spit in your face, shit on your guitar, post modern post punk post rock disco bullshit."
V-Neck old fashioned sweater
Ripped or torn school tie
Brown shoes or bright yellow converse
Jeans that aren't from River Island, Topman or any other leading High Street shops
Musically, in terms of bands at the moment... this year it seems rythm sections of bands are all the same. 32nds on hi-hats with melodic bass-lines. That's not a complaint though. I love it.
art student boyfriend/girlfriend
singles on vinyl
pretending to hate pitchfork but reading it anyway
white wine at gigs
home cut hair
appreciation of morbidity (Edward Gorey :))
Being worryingly well read
Sexual attractiveness (when did you last see an ugly indie kid?)
now seeing that list, i fit into a couple more categories....
The musical snobbery gets to me the most, like when people can't enjoy a genuinely good pop song because it wasn't made by skinny young men who exclusivly wear ill fitting clothing from second hand shops.
I also don't get why Indie girls get all wet for the ugly fuckers in bands. Dotherty is a junkie and looks like one. Brandon Flowers wears so much make up he looks like he's made of wax.
1. I've got their first single on wax cylinder, they released six copies, one for each band member, John Peel, and me. And if you don't have a copy, you're shit.
2. It's so much better than any of their later stuff, and it's worth a grand now.
3. Do you want a copy of my fanzine?
4. What's the cheapest beer you do?
5. Marlboro lights.
"I was into that liek sixth months ago"
"you only like that because you're told to by fearn coton/kerrang/NME"
"I liked them before they sold out"
"I actually like a wide range of music"
These are all the things which I think make me an indie cliche
wrong with the 'eye??
*throws away stripey scarf and tweed jacket and weeps silently in the corner*
or any of the other stuff I wear/use/say t least as far as I can tell.
They are just quite indieish things, I suppose some of it is a bit studenty too. There's just too many cliches to try and become.
hey scenesters, hey hey scenesters...
why oh why did i buy a scarf this winter?
I'm so much more of a scenester than the fucking cribs. Morons, peddling their "we know the kaiser chiefs" brand of bollocks.
how depressing that just sounds like an exact description of me...
according to these lists
Just wait 'till I get my imported Converse from Japan.
liking joy division.
jeans + tweed jacket