Dave from Oklahoma Lefty suggested I do a post on the College Rock genre for my next installment of Genre of the Moment, a column here on Otter Limits that I have not visited since January's Psychobilly post. So here it is, the next genre of the moment, college rock.
Before I even began to read anything about this genre, what I thought about the genre was not much. In fact, I really feel like the term college rock is as meaningless as the term alternative rock. It's just another name for a genre that the industry made up so they wouldn't have to saddle a band with a boring label like rock music and to make a band sound more interesting. That's my own theory anyway.
So, I dug in and started reading about college rock.
Interestingly enough, according to the Wikipedia article on College rock, the term itself was used prior to the term alternative and referred to the music that was played on college radio stations. It is supposed to mean a type of rock music that blends post-punk, New Wave, and melodic pop. In fact, when you pull up college rock in Wikipedia it comes up as simply a sub genre of alternative rock.
Some of the main examples of college rock include R.E.M., The Smiths, 10,000 Maniacs, and U2.
Besides Wikipedia, here are some places that you can research college rock if you are interested enough:
All Music Guide
About.Com 80s Music