Synthetic hip

Listening to a music podcast recently, I was frankly astonished to learn that there is a music genre called dubstep. How the hell did that one pass me by? I just can't keep up.

Frankly, I think all these new music genres are getting out-of-hand. I could never understand why R&B nowadays contains hints of neither rhythm nor blues, nor why drum and bass briefly became the in-thing in the 1990s, when the Fall had been doing little else since 1976 (and long may they continue to do so!).

Anyway, be that as it may, it seems to me that naming a music genre dubstep really is scraping the barrel. Have all the good names gone? So, I've been giving it some thought, and have come up with my own list of brand-new music genres. Please feel free to take your pick and start trying to market it, as if it's something exciting and new. More »

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. Funny you should say that. Found one in the shed yesterday. Are they worth anything?

  2. New supersize ones available through Amazon - possibly a market for retro / vintage hoppers now

  3. You new to write a Gruts Genre-Generator.

    Press a button for one or two random words from those on your list, optionally with some vowel-substitutions for added confusion.

    The have a competition to see how many times you have to press it before you get "lemon soul".

  4. Actually, you could combine it with the spam-codes, so that people have to type in "classic rack" or something rather than "PNNWG". Which reminds me ... I wonder how Catherine Zeta-Jones is doing these days.

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