Shoegaze really defined my life. Taking a trip to London for an amazing Lush concert, wandering the streets of London and sleeping on the floor in a train station because I didn't have any money left for even a hostel bed (I did buy some great and rare records though). Or organizing a shoegaze party at a local bar, low attendance of course and ending up being kicked out by the manager because "this isn't music!" What's wrong with Medicine? Good times.
1. Everybody knows J. If you were involved in hardcore or underground metal in the 80s, you knew J. It didn’t hurt that J sweats coolness.
2. Likewise, everybody knows Lou. And most people LOVE Lou. Hell, I hung out with Lou when I was 16 and it was incredible (http://nmh.livejournal.com/3336.html).
3. J’s guitar playing broke punk. While he was a super competent guitarist in era of less than competent guitarists, he still used the shitty Jazzmasters everybody else was using. He was an inspiration from a technical perspective.
I've never heard of anyone calling a jazzmaster shitty before though ;) Amazing, beautiful machines.
Now I have to check out Slowdive...
If you do have an interest in this type of music, or want to learn more, buy/download/listen to Swervedriver's Mezcal Head right now ...
Being my first and favorite shoegaze band, I discovered Slowdive, Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine and others through The Catherine Wheel.
As far as the Thames Valley scene was concerned it was DEAD in 1993. The Swirlies were doing a shoegaze-type sound over in Boston and you had Curve still retaining some shoegaze sounds up until 2001 but otherwise no one was selling any shoegaze records after 1993.
Also it should be noted that only ONE of the songs on mbv was recorded in 2012 and the rest were somewhere between 5-20 years old. So its not really new shoegaze.
Finally if anyone liked this article check out music critic Chris Ott's series Shallow Rewards on youtube. He devotes two episodes to shoegaze and although they're a bit obtuse and pretentious there's lot of great info in them.
So many labels are cranking out the shoegaze right now. Captured Tracks, Slumberland, even Sacred Bones has a few shoegazy bands...
Hrm, Pitchfork gave mbv a 9.1. Maybe I'm misremembering, or maybe I have DeRogatis poisoning.
At least in the UK, the scene described in the article was fairly obscure even in its heyday, and by the mid-'90s it was remembered mostly as a slightly embarrassing pre-Britpop phase. Having watched it come and go the first time around, its post millennial resuscitation feels pretty weird.
No, please listen to them. I should listen to more of them myself. I loved Morningrise, but never heard much of Slowdive's other stuff simply because getting hold of music was expensive and difficult at the time.
> or discovering them if you weren't there at the time.
That's the bit that feels weird. A couple of decades ago they seemed destined for oblivion. Watching Lost in Translation with no advance warning was a very odd experience.
Also worth mentioning would be Jesu. Some of that stuff makes me cry like a child.
My favourite album of theirs is Pygmalion, though, which is much more like Talk Talk's late stuff or something like that. I'm guessing they're sticking to the Souvlaki era stuff now, for top nostalgia-reunion value. Good band, still.
But who sampled Shoolly D - P.S.K. What does it mean? first in 1991? Chapterhouse or Souxie and The Banshees?
PIL used it on The Body back in 1987...
Although the drum beat is somewhat similar.
"Setting Sun", "Days": http://open.spotify.com/album/0C0q7niaA3GxJpVQsWiiKz
Sorry for the shameless plug, but: I play in a shoegaze-influenced dream pop band called Weed Hounds, and we recently put out our first LP, for anyone who's interested (think Pale Saints, Swirlies): http://open.spotify.com/album/0aABjwPh5l2UOM5yWWON11
I think that's why Mark Gardener comes off like such a prick in this article: Ride were really on another level technically and in their songwriting and then all these crappy knock-offs came along and watered down the genre until it was a joke. Seriously Ride's live shows were so tight. These guys could really play their instruments.
It's a shame than stuff from the metal world like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fegt-bD3q_k didn't cross-pollinate and make a super-popular strain.