n. Dandified form of rock 'n' roll in which the performers are more concerned with their clothes than with their music.
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In his spare time, one of President Clinton's bright new White House recruits dresses as an 18th century dandy—blond wig, scarlet lipstick and velvet knee-breeches—and sings songs of upper class angst such as Let Them Eat Rock and Friend of a Friend of the Working Class. Ted Widmer, whose day job is director of speech writing at the National Security Council, plays guitar and sings at night for a "fop-rock" group, the Upper Crust.
—Hugo Gurdon, “Rocking Clinton aide has dandy sideline,” The Daily Telegraph, January 04, 1998
The next great English guitar band/the new Smiths. Chain-smoking, erudite, cucumber-cool singer Martin is fop-rock's new hero.
—“Need to Know,” Evening Standard, November 11, 1994
1984 (earliest)
But nothing could prepare the naked ear for the sheer sonic blast of the scream that greeted Duran Duran as the masters of fop-rock charged onto the stage at the sold-out Capital Centre last night.
—Joe Brown, “Duran Durran: Screaming Success,” The Washington Post, April 03, 1984
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