It is alternative rock music that originated in the United Kingdom in the mid '80s, with its roots in the Scottish post-punk bands on the Postcard Records label in the early '80s such as Orange Juice and Josef K and the dominant UK independent band of the mid eighties, The Smiths.
While the term 'indie' had been used for some time to describe artists on independent labels (and the labels themselves), the mid-'80s saw a steady increase in bands who had a pop sensibility but generally favoured a relatively simple guitar-based sound over the highly produced, synth-driven pop that was prevalent at the time on major record labels. The late '80s saw a shift in the
The more jangly indie pop bands later came to be referred to as 'C86' (after the tape itself) or Cutie or Twee due to what commentators called the "revolt into childhood" of its followers, or a term coined by John Peel: shambling bands.
In the mid '80s, indie pop was criticised for its tweeness and underachievement but many now argue that its release and the birth of the genre was a pivotal moment for independent music in the
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