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Synthpunk (also known as electropunk) is a music genre combining elements of electronic music and punk rock. The term was invented by Damian Ramsey in 1999 as an attempt to retroactively identify a small sub-genre of punk music from 1977 to 1984 that involved musicians playing synthesizers in place of electric guitars.


A rehearsal tape by Suicide in 1975 and the first demo session by The Screamers with Pat Garrett on 7 July 1977 are candidates for the first synthpunk recording. The Screamers were referred to as "techno-punk" in an article in the Los Angeles Times in 1978, but this did not become established as a genre name. Recent use of the term techno-punk usually refers to music sequencer dance or techno that has punk fashion or performance influences, rather than synthpunk's identification as punk rock being played live on synthesizer keyboards. In popular culture, the word "techno" itself has become independently imbued with its own music genre and alternative subculture meanings, which are not linked to the same roots of punk rock, but are...
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