Since I started working out, I’ve noticed that I get more and more pimples on my chest and arms.
I tell ya, some days it’s like playing with bubblewrap…

After visiting a large HMV and seeing their new ‘Electronica’ section, I was asked by a friend what the difference between ‘Electronica’ and ‘Industrial’ were. The only answer that I could give him was this:
They are both electronic based music, but ‘Electronica’ is more beat driven, and Industrial…wasn’t.
OK, so it wasn’t the best thing to say, but it was the only thing I could think of.
After thinking about it for awhile, I came upon a better idea.
In terms of the music industry, ‘Electronica’ has replaced ‘Dance’, and for that matter, ‘Alternative’ is stuff your parents won’t listen to, ‘Metal ‘ is metal, ‘Rock’ is stuff your parents might listen to, ‘Classical’ is stuff my friends that try to look smart listen to(you know who you are), ‘Country’ is where all the pretty girls are, and everything else is put there for a lack of a better title.
In all honesty, I couldn’t tell you what the differences between Industrial and Electronic music are, I just know what I think Industrial is and isn’t. I guess you could buy a bunch of different CDs and find out for yourself.
Since they don’t have an Industrial section in HMV, I’ll give you a short list of what I think of when I think Industrial music:
# Einstürzende Neubauten
# Pigface
# Skinny Puppy
# Noise Unit
# Laibach
# Kraftwerk(which, oddly, I found in the Electronica section)
# Front 242
# Front Line Assembly
# Leæther Strip
Most of these you will find in the Alternative section of record stores, except those that know a little better.
On another odd note, alot of the stuff that I consider Industrial is from Germany…go fig.

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