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Thai rock is rock music from Thailand. Emerging in the 1980s, it became widely popular in the 1990s. The sub-genre of string and pop rock began to flourish in the 1980s with bands like Asanee-Wasan and Micro. Later, Thai rock was influenced by rock bands from the United States and United Kingdom. Thai rock bands have begun singing in Thai language.
Rock music emerged from the United States from a Blues rock base, gaining international popularity in the 1960s with bands like The Doors and musician Jimi Hendrix. Thai rock genre began by Laem Morrison who performed for American draftee during Vietnam war. Laem Morrison was hired by American soldiers for plays to Jim Morrison's song (lead singer of The Doors), and he can play to American soldiers.
Early rock bands in the genre include V.I.P., led by Laem Morrison, and The Fox musical group. who helped to bring rock music into the popular mainstream. DYNAMICS and KALEIDOSCOPE were introducing the Progressive Rock Genre to Universities and American and European establishments also.
Examples of Thai rock bands of this decade include The Olarn Project, Neua Gub Nang, and Rockestra. The most successful were Asanee-Wasan and Micro, with their popular songs "Aow Pai Loei (เอาไปเลย)".
Heavy metal emerged, with bands such as Stone Metal Fire, Kaleidoscope, Donpheebin, and Hi-Rock. A popular Thai singer was Itti Palangkul and Thanapol "Suea" Intharit, who released the songs "18 ฝน (18 Fon)" and "Rak Kong Yang Mai Phoa (รักคงยังไม่พอ). These songs are still popular.
The breakthrough success of Alternative rock by the American band Nirvana and the international popularity of the British band Oasis, awakened the interest of several Thai artists. Several Alternative rock bands sprung up such as Moderndog, Silly Fools, Y Not 7, Sepia, Labanoon, Crub, Smile Buffalo, Paradox, Fly, Loso, Blackhead and the artists Nakarin "Pang" Kingsak .
2000s and onward
In the 2000s, Clash released their first album, ONE. Their first single, "Guad (Hug)" was a big hit, and led the band to success. The band "Kala" released their single "My Name is Kala". Big Ass released the album Seven in 2004, featuring the single "Len Kong Soong". The third album by Bodyslam, Believe, was released in April 2005 and made them one of GMM Grammy's premier bands. The success of this album took them on a long national tour over the course of 2005 and part of 2006. They won the 4th Annual Fat Awards for "Favorite Album", and "Khwam Chuea" became "Song of The Year". The Richman Toy launched the single "Aod Aod (อ๊อด อ๊อด)" with a music video that was a parody of television programs of the 1960s. In the late 2000s, Jui Juis launched the single "Lesson 1 (บทที่ 1)". It is a folk rock song which popular among young teenagers. Bands currently successful in Thailand include Ebola, Flure, Slot Machine, Potato, 25 Hours, So Cool, Slur, and Playground.