Electro pop first gained its popularity in the early 1980’s, but it dates back to the late 1970’s. Generally classified by a cold, electronic sound with dance beats of 4/4 and catchy hooks, it is often referred to as house music.
Many of the original electro pop artists were British. Artists like David Bowie and Brian Eno were the platform for their inspiration. Other influences include Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra, the Japanese electronic band.
The popularity of funky electro pop is greatly based on its dance beats. It is well known for its ability to get people in clubs out of their seats and up dancing. Heavy-hitting synthesizers are responsible for the feel-good dancing beats, which can be heard with popular artists such as Ladytron, Dubstar, Cooler Kids, and Front Line Assembly.
Ladytron formed their group in 1999 in Liverpool, UK. The group is composed of four members; Helen Marnie, Mira Aroyo, Reuben Wu, and Daniel Hunt. All of the members are involved in the synthesizing process, and Helen Marnie coordinates vocals while Daniel Hunt does the guitar. Their top albums are Witching Hour and 604.
Dubstar is an English band that was formed in 1992. Originally, the band included Steve Hillier and Chris Wilkie, and then in 1993, Sarah Blackwood joined the group and replaced Hillier on the vocals. They achieved the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart with their catchy song “Not So Manic Now.”
Cooler Kids formed their group in Brooklyn, New York in 2002. The group includes Kaz Gamble, Sisely Treasure, and Luscious Jackson. Their debut album Punk Debutante was released in 2003, but sadly, the group dissolved around 2005. Treasure and Gamble continued their music career as boygirL, and unfortunately, that group also dissolved in 2008. Eventually, Treasure continued a music career as a lead singer for Shiny Toy Guns, an American rock band.
The other popular electro pop band, Front Line Assembly, was formed in 1986 by Bill Leeb in Canada. Several members have entered and left the band since then, including Michael Balch and Rhys Fulber. Their first album debuted in 1987 and was titled The Initial Command. The group gained most of their popularity during 1989 to 1991 as a result of their album Gashed Senses and Crossfire.
These are only a few of the many notable funky electro pop bands that have made their way to the airwaves over the decades. The eclectic sound of funky electro pop is sure to continue captivating music lovers for generations to come, and will never fail to get people up and out of their seats.