The ConorTV Playlist Vol. 5
Shoegaze is a genre widely known by aging hipsters and audiophiles. It’s mostly foreign to the masses. Well the masses are missing out.
There are two playlists I have crafted: one on Shoegaze and one on Nu Gaze – new bands inspired by the initial shoegazers.
The term “Shoegaze” was coined by British rock critics who noticed that a crop of artists in the late ‘80s / early ‘90s were so intensely focused on their instruments they appeared to be staring at their shoes.
Some joked that they were not proficient enough on their guitars to play without looking down. But I disagree. Their music was complex.
Songs by bands like Ride, Chapterhouse, Slowdive and the Jesus and Mary Chain echo with blissful melodies and jingle-jangle guitars.
These bands were popular on college radio, especially My Bloody Valentine and Lush. Shoegaze never reached the mainstream except for a few videos by MBV and Lush. These enjoyed some late-night airplay on MTV’s “120 Minutes”
My Bloody Valentine’s “Only Shallow” is an intense, bombshell of a tune that is definitely a contender for best track-one on any album. Hyperbolic but it’s true. Boring video. Awesome song.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a Nu Gaze mix of current bands inspired by Shoegaze.
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