Excellnt reply there conversionbox, thanks.
Yeah, the acoustic unplugged Nirvana moves towards the blues sound but Nevermind seems Grunge to me but not in the same way as Pearl Jam who I beleive are Seatle Grunge.
As Marvin says though - it can drive you made deciding what catagory to put an artist into and it does not come down to just the artist - it really needs to be done on an individual album basis as for example, The Manic Street Preachers early work with Richie could be classed as Post Punk, whilst there recent stuff could be classed as ‘Rock’ even though they can still come uinder the title of ‘britpop’
I understand Conv what you say about Floyd but I would class groups like Queen and The Beatles (greatest band ever) as Classic Rock and would agree with Marvin that Floyd are more Psychedelic Rock or Progressive Rock. The Wall however could be classed as Rock Opera or Concept Rock - but this is were the custom Genres come into play as I just made them up even though they are fitting.
there is a TON of stuff to learn as there are lots of new types of Genre popping up all over the place. Now we have ‘Emo’ , ‘Art Rock’ and many more.
It would be great to have a book on music Genre or a detailed website as I think it is really intersting and since I am a guy who likes to do things properly, I would like to get my tags right.
Heres another example of an artist I like. Neil Young can mainly be classed as Folk Rock. But he made an album with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam called Mirrorball which should certainly be classed as Grunge. Even the album After The goldrush could be different genre as that really is an album of Ballads.
I am struggling with all this and if I dont find a good reading resource for genres soon might just give up as it is very VERY difficult to get right but again, can be purely your own opinion.
Its a good idea to visit the artists website but there are many occasions this may not be suitable as for example, I love the early work of Ultravox when John Foxx was at the helm before the pop period of Midge Ure. Now they sound very punk in my opinion and even though they have more than a splattering of Violin throughout their work they use alot of keyboards so could maybe classed as New Wave.
I see what you mean about Oasis, Blur (etc) well they come under britpop like bands like Pulp and Suede (etc) but britpop is a very wide genre and you could even call the Beatles britpop even thought their music styles went from Skiffle to Pop to Psycadelia. I would call Oasis and others Indie.
Appreciate the replies folks and it was great to read.
Gonna continue my search and to be honest might just give up on the Genre thing unless I find an idiots guide to it all.
Message Edited by pinkfloydian on 02-13-2009 08:30 PM