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let's talk about Slowdive.
But that's very good.
I used to play Morningrise fucking loud a lot, most mornings when I got up especially.
fucking excellent song.
Should I listen to Slowdive then?
question. Better than Ride in my opinion.
I am amazed at the acclaim that the nowhere reissue is getting
Even so, I can't work out why some people hail Slowdive as the king of the shoegaze scene.
Good stuff, but there were so many other great shoegaze albums/bands.
who pretty much stared intently at the shoes whenever they played live. It didn't matter so much as they made such an immense noise but none of the other bands lumped into the shoegaze scene actually stared at their shoes.
Well, Moose did a bit.
.....and that's from someone who loved them at the time and lived through the whole shoegaze cardigan wearing era. Souvlaki still receives very high praise but sounds dated and a bit flim-flam to me now.
better than Ride and MBV
Ahhh yes... being from Reading and a nipper in the early nineties, all us lot were bonkers for Slowdive, Ride, Swervedriver, MBV etc etc... but the only thing I ever got by Slowdive was Just For A Day, and I think I have the Catch The Breeze single somewhere too. I got a bit bored of them pretty quickly I'm sorry to say, and went towards the heavier side of Shoegaze like Swervedriver, Levitation and Loop. However, having read this and having completely fogotten them, I think I will dig out my copy, clean off 20 years of dust and crank it up! Thanks!
(BTW I saw all this lot live, and by FAR the ultimate was Ride at Brixton Academy in '92 I think it was. Holy moly when 'Leave them all behind' fired up it was utterly, ear-bleedingly awesome! Slowest mosh Ive ever been involved in haha!)
So drudgy, from that era St Etienne/MBV/Mercury Rev/Cocteau Twins/Jesus and Mary Chain so much more listenable. From 2000 onwards, just hit up M83 and take it from there, DiS will agree
now my double posting makes me a right tool
You can pretty much guarantee any Ride fan doesn't believe in indy landfill. For me, in very broad genre terms, only MBV, St. Etienee and Jesus and Mary Chain are at the Slowdive level. Souvalki = exceptional, Pygmalion = mesmerising, in a beguiling way
But what the hell do St Etienne have to do with shoegazing (note the ing - shoegaze = contemporary American nomenclature; point of order)? They were sample-based dance pop with a retro, easy-listening vibe.
It's always been shoegaze.
it's a brilliant hangover/comedown album in the summer, play it loud as the sun is trying to get through your bedroom curtains on a Sunday morning...fucking beautiful.
even though everyone goes on about Souvlaki I've never quite got into it despite various attempts.
It's MBV and Slowdive, none of the others come close for me. I'd point towards early BJM and Lilys than Ride or Chapterhouse as some of the better shoegazers.
I'd love to play When the sun hits on massive speakers across a city. Souvlaki is superb. The Pygmalion demos are amazing, really worth checking out. I think they created far more interesting music than most of the shoegaze scene.