So there has recently been some talk about “neu rave,” and I thought it might be worth clarifying. Just what we need, another genre, right? And if that wasn’t enough, what about “blog house?” In any case, I’m not so sure that neu rave actually exists (also note the german spelling, consistent with this blog). In fact, I’m pretty sure that it doesn’t.
But let’s just pretend that it does, for the sake of the following hypothetical. According to Simon Reynolds, author of Generation Ecstasy, the first so-called rave culture emerged in the UK in the late 1980s. “Illegal raves” then had a resurgence in the early 90s, “instigated by renegade sound systems like Spiral Tribe.” While raves, regardless of their legality, existed throughout the 90s, there was arguably somewhat of a re-resurgence in the mid-to-late 90s, around 96 to 98. So that’s at least three waves of raves. Now I’m not saying that indie rock circa 2007 has anything to do with a “rave” (because it doesn’t), but even if it did, it wouldn’t be new (or neu) rave. It would be new new new rave.
So tell that to all the kids with their glowsticks and neon clothes and dayglo face paint. Please.
(Shout out to ML for throwing this one down!)