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Freakbeat is a subgenre of rock and roll music developed mainly by harder-driving British groups, often those with a mod following during the Swinging London period of the mid to late 1960s.[1][2]

The term was coined by English music journalist Phil Smee.[3] Allmusic writes that "freakbeat" is loosely defined, but generally describes the more obscure but hard-edged artists of the British Invasion era such as the Creation, the Pretty Things or Denny Laine's early solo work.[4] Music journalist Simon Reynolds listed "freakbeat" among examples of "genre-as-retroactive-fiction", or terms designed by record dealers and collectors to increase the original music's monetary value.[5]

Much of the material collected on Rhino Records's 2001 box-set compilation Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969 can be classified as freakbeat.[6]


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