The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Soft Bulletin
Psychocandy
The Verve

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A subgenre of alternative/indie rock, noise pop is just what it says -- pop music wrapped in barbed-wire kisses of feedback, dissonance, and abrasion. It occupies the halfway point between bubblegum and the avant-garde, a collision between conventional pop songcraft and the sonic assault of white noise. Noise pop often has a hazy, narcotic feel, as melodies drift through the swirling guitar textures. But it can also be bright and lively, or angular and challenging. Noise pop's earliest roots lie in the Velvet Underground's experiments with feedback, distortion, and drones. Its most recognizable forebears, however, are American alternative rock bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr., who wedded rock song structures to thick sheets of guitar distortion. The first proper noise pop band was the Jesus & Mary Chain, whose groundbreaking 1986 debut Psychocandy pretty much birthed the style. Yo La Tengo, perhaps the most prolific and long-lived noise-pop band, debuted around the same time. In the late '80s, noise pop was the chief inspiration for the British shoegazing movement, which made the lyrics more introspective and the melodies more fragile. All through the '90s, noise pop continued to enjoy an important and influential presence on the indie rock scene.

Noise Pop Artists Highlights

The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Verve
The Verve
Spiritualized
Spiritualized
Ride
Ride
My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine
Mercury Rev
Mercury Rev

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Noise Pop Album Highlights

The Soft Bulletin
The Flaming Lips
The Soft Bulletin
Psychocandy
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Psychocandy
Doolittle
Pixies
Doolittle
Loveless
My Bloody Valentine
Loveless
Copper Blue
Sugar
Copper Blue
The Comforts of Madness
Pale Saints
The Comforts of Madness

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Noise Pop Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Soon My Bloody Valentine
Kaleidoscope Ride
Taste of Cindy The Jesus and Mary Chain
Christine The House of Love
Only Shallow My Bloody Valentine
Summer Babe Pavement
Barnaby, Hardly Working Yo La Tengo
Crazy Town
Velocity Girl
Turn It On The Flaming Lips
Web in Front Archers of Loaf

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