How Do Genres Get Their Names? – Funk Radio #115

Today we have an open discussion surrounding the etymology behind many genre names, whether they’re based on a particular sound, a geographical region, a state of musical refinement, an ideology, or the production process itself.


There’s a good chance that at some point in your life, you’ve wondered how a particular style of music got its name. Some like Country ot Pop(ular) music are a bit more obvious, but beyond this there are hundreds of lesser known sub-genres that in many cases have pretty bizarre names. Case in point, just a few of the dozens we mention in this episode are folktronica, shoegaze, jangle pop, crustgrind, plunderphonics and synthpunk. Come along with us as we explore this concept, and you just might learn something.

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