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Wonky Pop
Stylistic origins New Wave, Glam rock, Electro, Funk, indie pop, electropop
Cultural origins mid 2000s, worldwide
Typical instruments Electric guitar - Electronic keyboard - Bass guitar - Computer - Drums - Vocals
Mainstream popularity 2007—

Wonky Pop is a term used to describe a loose grouping of musical acts that play what the BBC calls "quirky, catchy and credible pop". The style is rooted in the eccentric side of 1980s pop music.[1]The term "wonky" is a British English word meaning unsteady, shaky, awry, or wrong. The BBC has reported that the term was both coined by and is owned by the manager of Mika[2] while The Independent has reported the term was coined by Peter Robinson founder of the blog Popjustice.[3]Some of the acts in this genre include La Roux, Lady Gaga, Mika, and Little Boots.[4]

Wonky Pop has been credited with causing a shift in popular musical tastes from male-driven guitar acts to female-driven 1980s style pop music.[5]BBC describes a UK Wonky Pop a club night as involving "cutting-edge pop, dance, hip hop and everything in between; the club organiser René Symonds states that "the iPod shuffle generation will not be limited to one genre and wants a return to authenticity after years of manufactured pop". [6] The Wonky Pop website sets out a manifesto that states that "We want to show the world that pop is not a four letter word, and for every flaky reality TV winner there's a myriad of cool, credible and weird acts". [7]

A 2008 article in The Guardian contrasted Wonky Pop performers with mainstream pop performers, noting that "Wonky Pop artists are unmanufactured but unashamedly melodic and capable of playing live without recourse to lashings of dry ice, troupes of dancers and an interlude during which they fly around the stage on wires". [8]The Independent stated that Wonky pop has caused a change in "pop's division of labour ...away from focus-grouped, production-line pop, and towards DIY [and] ...fresh flavours", which is rejuvenating pop in the 2000s in the way that Britpop gave a shot in the arm to pop in the 1990s.[9]


List of acts

Lady Gaga performing in Sweden.

List of acts that influenced Wonky Pop

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Petridis, Alex (2008-05-02). "We are the outsiders with this music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Youngs, Ian (2009-01-01). "Electric dreams for pop in 2009". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  3. ^ a b c d Price, Simon (2008-12-28). "Pop and rock in 2008: Keep it wonky ... it worked for Leonard". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  4. ^ "La Roux, Lady Gaga, Mika, Little Boots: the 80s are back", The Telegraph, 5 August 2009.
  5. ^ "La Roux, Lady Gaga, Mika, Little Boots: the 80s are back", The Telegraph, 5 August 2009.
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  7. ^ ibid
  8. ^ Alexis Petridis 'We are the outsiders with this music' The Guardian, Friday 2 May 2008
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  10. ^ a b c Lester, Paul (2008-06-11). "New band of the day - No 331: Das Pop". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-09.  
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  14. ^ "Hello Dollies as rockers make it big in model village". Herald Express. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-06.  
  15. ^ Lester, Paul (10 April 2009). "New band of the day: Dolly Rockers (No 525)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-06-06.  
  16. ^ Altsounds Interviews: With ... FLAMBOYANT BELLA 7 June, 2009
  17. ^ a b c d Sullivan, Caroline (2008-12-17). "Slaves to synth". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-09.  
  18. ^ Lester, Paul (2008-07-10). "New band of the day - No 347: VV Brown". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-09.  

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