Grebo

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Grebo is a word initially fashioned by the group Pop Will Eat Itself that represented a brand of United Kingdom subculture from the late '80s and early '90s, largely based in the English Midlands.

Influential bands in the scene were Pop Will Eat Itself (who had songs titled, "Oh Grebo I Think I Love You" and "Grebo Guru"), The Wonder Stuff, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, along with London band Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine and Leicester bands Crazyhead, The Bomb Party, The Hunters Club, Scum Pups and Gaye Bykers on Acid. London-based band Medicine Factory (later known as Stark) were also active on the scene in the late 80s and early 90s, with New Model Army and The Levellers having a huge influence over the whole movement.

The term has also been used to describe Jesus Jones, who enjoyed success in both the UK and US.

The musical styles of the bands were a blend of Garage Rock, the more alternative forms of Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, and Electronic Dance Music. This musical genre also found favour with adherents of its earlier Post Punk roots of Gothic Rock such as Mick Mercer, which by the late 1980s had changed character significantly.

The Grebo fashion style was dreadlocks, partially shaved heads and high ponytails, undercut or shaved long hair, leather bike jackets and/or jeans, baggy clothing, boots, lumberjack shirts, loose tatty jeans, army surplus clothing, and eccentric hats and scarfs.

The movement, although short-lived, was a reasonable success at the time, and influenced a number of later bands. To a certain extent it was a music press invention, much like positive punk, a scene and style named by British Indie magazines, specifically NME and the Melody Maker. The scene occupied the period in the late 1980s and early 1990s before Grunge, Britpop and other forms of Anglo-American Alternative Rock took over.

Some Bands

A - E

Back To The Planet

Blaggers I.T.A.

The Bomb Party

Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine

Crazyhead

EMF

F - L

Gaye Bykers on Acid

The Hunters Club

Jesus Jones

Levellers

M - Q

Ned's Atomic Dustbin

New Model Army

Pop Will Eat Itself

R - Z

Scum Pups

Senseless Things

The Wonder Stuff