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Stylistic origins Dance music
Indie rock
Punk rock
No wave
Funk rock
Cultural origins early 2000s, New York, London
Typical instruments Guitar, bass, drums, drum machine, synthesizer
Mainstream popularity underground to mainstream in the mid-late 2000s
New Rave
(complete list)
Other topics
List of dance-punk artists - Alternative dance - Indie dance

Dance-punk (also known as disco-punk and indie-dance[1]) is a music genre that emerged in the late 1970s, and is closely associated with the post-punk and no wave movements.[2]



Many groups in the post-punk era adopted a more rhythmic tempo, conducive to dancing. These bands were influenced by disco, funk, and other dance musics popular at the time, as well as being anticipated by some of the 1970s work of David Bowie,[3] Brian Eno, and Iggy Pop, and some recordings by the German groups referred to as Krautrock. Groups of influence from the 1980s included Public Image Ltd.,[4][5] Gang of Four,[2][5][6] New Order,[7] Killing Joke,[8] The Cure,[9] Siouxsie and the Banshees,[10] and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. New York City dance-punk included Material,[11] the B-52's, Blondie, James Chance and the Contortions,[2] Cristina Monet, ESG, Liquid Liquid, and Talking Heads.[12] German punk singer Nina Hagen had an underground dance hit in 1983 with "New York New York", which mixed her searing punk (and opera) vocals with disco beats.[2] Proto-dance-punk scenes also developed in Germany (Neue Deutsche Welle), France (coldwave), and in Brazil. Early dance-punk predecessors had significant overlap with synthpop, electropop, new wave, art punk, and some gothic rock.

As techno and house became popular in the '80s and '90s, some post-punk bands became influenced by this genre. The Madchester groups of the late 1980s, such as the Happy Mondays, pursued a form of Alternative rock inflected by the rave scene.[13] This development was largely appropriated by Britpop groups, such as Blur, and to some degree by Big beat electronica.[13]

Contemporary dance-punk

The music style known as dance-punk appeared at the beginning of the 21st century.[5] The style was championed by rock- and punk-oriented bands such as Liars, The Rapture and Radio 4. Other groups, such as !!! and The Faint fell somewhere in the middle. There has since been a crystallization of musical forms within dance-punk, with bands such as Death from Above 1979, Test Icicles, Fake Shark - Real Zombie!, Doll Factory, The Presets, The Kills, Q and Not U, Youves and Le Castlevania exploring aspects of dance-punk, along with post-hardcore and other musical styles. DFA Records can be seen as the current center of the dance-punk genre. As well as James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem, the label is currently home to Brinvonda, Shit Robot, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, Booji Boy High, Shocking Pinks, Holy Ghost!, Still Going, Syclops and YACHT. A duo that could be said to belong to the genre is Crystal Castles, but their music also borders to Noise Pop, and New Rave. So as you can see the categorization within this type of indie-music (and within electronic music in general) is not crystal clear, otherwise one might argue it wouldn't be as independent.

A British offshoot, New Rave (evoking both "new wave" and "rave"), emerged in 2007.[14]

See also


  1. ^ Rob Mitchum (2006-10-12). "The Rapture: Pieces of the People We Love". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984.Simon Reynolds.Faber and Faber Ltd, April 2005, ISBN 0-571-21569-6 (U.S. Edition: Penguin, February 2006, ISBN 0-14-303672-6)
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Young Americans review, Allmusic. [1] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  4. ^ Andy Kellman, Metal Box review, Allmusic. [2] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Swaminathan, Nikhil (2003-12-25) - Dance-punk ends scenester dormancy
  6. ^ John Dougan, Gang of Four bio, Allmusic. [3] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  7. ^ Jason Ankeny, New Order bio, Allmusic. [4] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  8. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & John Dougan, Killing Joke bio, Allmusic. [5] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  9. ^ Tim Sendra, The Head On the Door review, Allmusic. [6] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  10. ^ David Cleary, Tinderbox review, Allmusic. [7] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  11. ^ Jason Ankeny, Material bio, Allmusic. [8] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  12. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Talking Heads bio, Allmusic. [9] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  13. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Happy Mondays bio, Allmusic. [10] Access date: September 8, 2008.
  14. ^ Chiemi (2007-06-13) This must be New Rave!


  • Reynolds, Simon. "Mutant Disco and Punk-Funk: Crosstown Traffic in Early Eighties New York (and Beyond ...)." Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-punk 1978-84. London: Faber and Faber, Ltd., 2005.

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