The term electroclash was coined by New York DJ and promoter Larry Tee to describe music that combined synthpop, techno, punk and performance art. The genre was in reaction to the rigid formulations of techno music, putting an emphasis on song writing, showmanship and a sense of humour, described by The Guardian as one of "the two most significant upheavals in recent dance music history". The visual aesthetic of electroclash has been associated with the 1982 cult filmLiquid Sky.
Electroclash emerged in New York at the end of the 1990s. It was pioneered by I-F with their 1997 track "Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass" (which, "introducing old-fashioned verse-chorus dynamics to burbling electro in a vocodered homage to Atari-erahi-jinks," is the "record widely credited with catalysing" the electroclash movement), as well as Collider with their 1998 album Blowing Shit Up (though Collider called its own style "electropunk" as the genre had not yet been named). The style was pursued by artists including Felix da Housecat,Peaches and Chicks on Speed. During the early years, Ladytron were sometimes labeled as electroclash, but they rejected this tag.Goldfrapp's albums Black Cherry (2003) and Supernature (2005) incorporated electroclash influences.
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