A British based music genre, incorporating Electronic Dance Music, Dance-Orientated Rock music, and the style that went on to be known as Indie. This genre was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The scene was heavily influenced by the Madchester movement, although it was not geographically confined to the city of Manchester. Many Madchester bands could also be described as baggy, and vice versa. Baggy was characterised by Psychedelia and Acid House influenced guitar music, often with a "funky drummer" beat, similar to the work of the Happy Mondays, Northside and The Stone Roses. The scene was named after the loose-fitting clothing worn by the bands and fans.
Some bands, such as The Mock Turtles and The Soup Dragons, reinvented their sound and image to fit in with the new scene. This led some people to accuse baggy bands of bandwagon-jumping and derivative songwriting.
Bands in the alternative dance era of pop music can be divided into two camps; the acts who could be described as baggy (usually the Madchester acts and a few others such as Flowered Up from London), and those who can be described as alternative dance (i.e. Jesus Jones and The Shamen, who were more Techno / House inspired).
Here's a few bands that grew out of, helped to shape, or were inspired by this genre;-