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Dance-punk (also known as disco-punk or punk-funk) is a music genre that combines the rhythms of danceable electronic music with punk rock aesthetics and instrumentation.

The origin of style dates back to the late 1970's in New York and England where guitar based bands started to experiment with more dance friendly beats. Though there had been an antagonism between the Rock and Disco communities -- it seems that some of the funky guitar work and solid basslines from the Chic records made it to the rock clubs. The most famous examples of this sound were the Gang of Four from Leeds, Liquid Liquid from New York, and Medium Medium from Scotland.

As hip-hop and other dance musics emerged in the clubs the "punk-funk" faded away. The extended 12" mix, synthesizers, drum machines, and other new technologies also pushed the jagged guitar dance sound away during the later part of the 80's and all of the 90's.

The return of the genre at the turn of the century were, simultaneously, rock- and punk-oriented groups such as Liars and Radio 4, as well as dance-oriented acts such as Out Hud, with others such as !!! and The Rapture falling in the middle. There has since been a crystalization of musical forms within dance-punk, as with LCD Soundsystem's strongly dance- and production-obsessed soundcraft or Q and Not U's creation of new kinds of rock-based yet danceable rhythms within the scope of lyrical punk and post-hardcore.

At the same time, however, the concept of the dance-punk genre has become somewhat diluted, partly merging with the more straightforwardly disco-influenced post-punk and garage rock revival sounds from the late 1990s to the present. As with most musical genres, dance-punk began as a fluid extension of several other genres and is in the process of both being defined from within and at the same time being co-opted by other musical forms.

List of dance-punk bands

Bands influenced by dance-punk

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