At any given moment in time, the world is full of scorned music genres. Today, there’s dubstep, which people now hate because it “used to be good”; ten years ago, there was nu-metal, which people hated because it was “never any good”. And then there’s all that other peripheral stuff, like pornogrind and butt-rock Goa. You don’t want to know about butt-rock Goa.
However, even next to these unloved subcultural jamboys, there is one genre that stands alone as the most mocked, most misunderstood music scene out there: happy hardcore. The scene seems like a moment in dance history that most would rather forget, something that has been abandoned to cultural dead time and is now destined to forever be associated with all those other sources of moral panic from the 1990s, like joyriding, solvent abuse and Sunny D. (more)