Music of Wisconsin
|Music of the United States|
|History (Timeline and Samples)|
|Before 1940: Synthesis of Sources|
|1940s and 50s: Invention of Popular Music|
|1960s and 70s: Creation of a Counterculture|
|1980s to the present: Diversification of Styles|
|Native American music (Inuit music>Inuit and Hawaiian)|
|Latin (Tejano and Puerto Rican)|
|Other immigrants (Jewish, European, South and East Asian, modern African, Middle-Eastern and Cajun and Creole)|
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Perhaps the most influential musical output of Wisconsin came from Port Washington, Ozaukee County during the 1920s, when Paramount Records released a series of blues and jazz recordings. Large-scale immigration for Europe in the 1930s led to the popularization of gallops, schottisches, waltzes, and, especially, polkas. Classical composers and conductors from Wisconsin include Hans Balatka, Hugo Kaun and Eugene Luening.
Probably the most famous punk band from Wisconsin was 1980s cult favorite the Violent Femmes, from Milwaukee. New Wave bands from Milwaukee included the Couch Flambeau and The Stellas, later better known as hardcore punk band Die Kreuzen. Milwaukee saw some other hardcore action, like Clitboys, but the scene soon died out and Die Kreuzen moved on to speed metal. Madison, Wisconsin spawned a more vibrant scene, beginning with Mecht Mensch and, later, Bucky Pope's Tar Babies. The Tar Babies tried without success to import go go from Washington DC. Later, the hardcore band Killdozer became an important indie rock group.