Beat Happening
If You're Feeling Sinister
Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Talulah Gosh

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Twee Pop is perhaps best likened to bubblegum indie rock -- it's music with a spirit of D.I.Y. defiance in the grand tradition of punk, but with a simplicity and innocence not seen or heard since the earliest days of rock & roll. Twee pop traces its origins to 1986, the year the British weekly NME issued a cassette dubbed C-86, which included a number of bands -- McCarthy, the Wedding Present, Primal Scream, the Pastels, and the Bodines among them -- influenced in equal measure by the jangly guitar pop of the Smiths, the three-chord naivete of the Ramones, and the nostalgic sweetness of the girl group era. Also dubbed "anorak pop" and "shambling" by the British press, the C-86 movement was itself short-lived, but it influenced hordes of upcoming bands on both sides of the Atlantic who absorbed the scene's key lessons of simplicity and honesty to stunning effect, resulting in music -- given the universal label of twee pop -- whose hallmarks included boy-girl harmonies, lovelorn lyrics, infectious melodies, and simple, unaffected performances. In the U.K., the hub of the twee-pop scene was for many years the now-legendary Sarah label, home of groups including the Field Mice, Heavenly, and the Orchids; upon Sarah's demise, its founders created a new label, Shinkansen. In the U.S., the twee-pop scene took root most notably in the Olympia, WA area, the home of K Records, a label owned and operated by Beat Happening's Calvin Johnson.

Twee Pop Artists Highlights

Beat Happening
Beat Happening
Talulah Gosh
Talulah Gosh
Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian
The Concretes
The Concretes
Screaming Trees
Screaming Trees
Aberdeen
Aberdeen

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Twee Pop Album Highlights

If You're Feeling Sinister
Belle and Sebastian
If You're Feeling Sinister
Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Belle and Sebastian
Push Barman to Open Old ...
Lazy Line Painter Jane [EP Box Set]
Belle and Sebastian
Lazy Line Painter Jane [EP ...
The Boy with the Arab Strap
Belle and Sebastian
The Boy with the Arab Strap
Fans Only
Belle and Sebastian
Fans Only
Enter the Vaselines
The Vaselines
Enter the Vaselines

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Twee Pop Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying
Belle and Sebastian
Dog on Wheels
Belle and Sebastian
Lazy Line Painter Jane
Belle and Sebastian
The Boy With the Arab Strap
Belle and Sebastian
Molly's Lips The Vaselines
I Fell in Love Last Night Heavenly
The State I Am In
Belle and Sebastian
I'm a Cuckoo (By the Avalanches)
The Avalanches / Belle and Sebastian
I'm Waking Up to Us
Belle and Sebastian
Beautiful
Belle and Sebastian

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