Taiwanese rock really got it's foothold during the 80's with local entrepreneurs like the music fans at Crystal Records importing influential western punk albums and an underground music fanzine called Wax Club that sought to promote non-mainstream artists as "New Music" because of the negative connotation held by the term "underground." Soon Taiwan's own New Music groups began emerging, particularly after martial law was lifted on Taiwan in 1987. While Crystal Records 80's catalog formed a basis for Taiwan underground rock, Island of Sound is mostly concerned with the bands of the 90's that have kept playing to the present or those bands that have had a profound influence on the scene at the time of the start of the Island of Sound project (2004). Many of the bands listed in this section fall into the taike category, a local blending of native Taiwan musics and western rock forms (the name being a combination of Tai, from Taiwan and ke, the final consonant sound of the English work rock). Taike carries a very distinct working class Taiwanese connotation which some bands might even reject because of its nearly derogatory usage. However, many bands have claimed the term as their own style and there have even been some festivals to use the term. Therefore, I've entitle this section Taiwan Rock Sounds to include all bands that have a clear rock sound ultimately derived out of the 90's rock scene of Taiwan as well as those bands that were influenced by similar Western alternative rock styles of the era.
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