was a British dance-oriented music genre
popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The scene was heavily influenced by Madchester
, although it was not geographically confined to Manchester
. Many Madchester
bands could also be described as Baggy, and vice versa. Baggy was characterised by psychedelia
- and acid house
-influenced guitar music, often with a funky drummer
beat, similar to the work of the Happy Mondays
and the Stone Roses
. The scene was named after the loose-fitting clothing worn by the bands and fans.
Some bands, such as The Mock Turtles
and The Soup Dragons
, reinvented their sound and image to fit in with the new scene. This led some critics to accuse baggy bands of bandwagon-jumping and derivative songwriting. There was also a crossover between dance and indie, and vice versa.
Bands in the indie-dance era of pop music
can be divided into two camps; the acts who could be described as baggy (usually the Madchester
acts and a few others such as Flowered Up
from London) — and those who can be described as indie-dance (i.e. Jesus Jones
, who were more techno
Some baggy bands disappeared after the scene was no longer popular, and others evolved into indie rock
bands who remained popular throughout the 1990s. The Charlatans
are good examples of ex-baggy bands who retained their popularity, although little trace of the baggy sound and look remained.
The baggy style became eclipsed by the grunge
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