Infobox Music genre
name = Electroclash
bgcolor = silver
color = black
stylistic_origins = Synthpop, Electro, New Wave
cultural_origins = late 1990s, Germany (Berlin, Munich), USA (New York, Detroit) and France
instruments = Synthesizer, drum machine
popularity = Early 2000s
derivatives =
subgenrelist =
subgenres =
fusiongenres = Dirty electronic
other_topics = Dance-punk

Electroclash is a style of music that fuses New Wave and electronic dance music. Larry Tee coined the term, but DJ Hell from Gigolo Records is also often regarded as one of the pioneers of the genre. [ [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,448998,00.html The Electroclash Mix by Larry Tee | Music Review | Entertainment Weekly ] ] [ [http://music.yahoo.com/ar-300621-bio--Larry-Tee Larry Tee Biography on Yahoo! Music ] ]

Artists associated with electroclash include Felix da Housecat, Miss Kittin and The Hacker, Tiga, [ [http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2008/05/16/this_cat_is_housebroken/ "This cat is housebroken] , "Boston Globe," May 2008] Peaches, Le Tigre, Chicks on Speed, [ [http://www.popmatters.com/music/concerts/e/electroclash-2002.shtml Popmatters concert review] ] Fischerspooner, M.I.A., The Slants and Ladytron. [http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_9407396 "So-cool U.K. quartet Ladytron brings electro-pop to Gothic] , "Denver Post," May 2008] The aesthetic is often associated with the 1982 film "Liquid Sky". ["The Great Electroclash Swindle". [http://www.phinnweb.org/313ctr0/electroclash/index3.html] Access date: August 10, 2008.]


The term "Electroclash" first rose to media attention in 2001, when the Electroclash festival was held in New York [Quinnon, Michael: [http://www.worldwidewords.org/turnsofphrase/tp-ele4.htm "Electroclash"] . World Wide Words, 2002] . This music was a reaction against current electronic music, in favor of an artistic underground movement [ [http://www.trendcentral.com/WebApps/App/SnapShots/Article.aspx?ArticleId=6034 The Electroclash Movement] Trend Central. 27 October 2001.] . These bands took inspiration from New Wave and modern art, and produced a synthesized pop sound. Many of these bands played at art galleries instead of traditional clubs. The artists that initially received the most media attention were Fischerspooner, Peaches, The Chicks on Speed, and Miss Kittin and The Hacker. The song that many have thought given the nu-electro sound or blueprint (and a big inspiration to Fischerspooner according to Warrne Fischer of the group) was I-f's "Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass". The genre had a peak of interest between 2002 and 2004, when many media outlets were focusing on it [ [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/electroclash/ Yahoo Groups: electroclash.] (Shows traffic statistics)] . Some media outlets heavily promoted the genre in the beginning. Due to this, some people criticized the genre, claiming that it is without substance or that it was created by the media, and often use humor in these criticisms [Cottingham, Chris. [http://www.phinnweb.org/313ctr0/electroclash/index3.html The Great Electroclash Swindle] ] . The Electroclash festival was held originally in 2001 and was help again in 2002 with a subsequent live tours across the US and Europe in 2003 and 2004. The festivals have included performances by Scissor Sisters, Felix Da Housecat, Peaches, Fischerpooner, Chicks On Speed, 2 Many DJs, DJ Erol Alkan, Princess Superstar, W.I.T., Tommie Sunshine, Crossover, Mount Sims, A.R.E, Weapons, BIS, Avenue D, My Robot Friend, Soviet, and many more. Though popular focus on the genre has died down recently, many of the artists who came from it are still producing music [ [http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/07/electroclash_is_no_flash_in_th.html Electroclash was no flash in the pan] . The Guardian. 11 July 2007] . "The Guardian" called electroclash and minimalist techno "two of the most significant upheavals in recent dance music history." [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguide/music/story/0,,2281522,00.html "The female techno takeover"] , "The Guardian", May 24, 2008]


ee also

*List of Electroclash bands and artists
*Dark Cabaret
*Electro house
*Italo disco
*List of electronic music genres

External links

*pl icon [http://www.electroclash.pl electroclash site]
*nl icon [http://www.electronation.nl electroclash site]
* [http://www.euroclash.com A comprehensive list of artists]
* [http://www.electrofreaks.com electroclash website and news]

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