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Largely a phenomenon confined to the Home Counties in terms of where the bands hailed from, the shoegazing scene enjoyed headline status in both the music press and on the festival and live circuit in the early 1990s, eclipsing the Madchester scene of 1990.
Shoegazing by no means dominated what the passed for the British 'indie' scene -- after Madchester/Baggy, other 'scenes' managed to hold the attention of the nation's music-buying public.
Beset by problems emanating from periods of lethargy and perfectionism in the studio, the album attracted publicity merely on the strength of the delay of its release, although a decade on the wait appears to have been worth it as it is frequently voted as a 'classic album'.
www.3ammagazine.com /musicarchives/2003/jan/shoegazing.html   (4472 words)

  Shoegazing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shoegazing (also known as shoegaze) is a style of alternative rock that emerged in southern England in the late 1980s.
Curve were once described as "the exact point where shoegazer meets goth" and the genre did overlap with others to some extent.
The careers of second-wave shoegazers like Thousand Yard Stare and Revolver were caught up in a general backlash which affected the scene.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Shoegazing   (1410 words)

 Reference for Shoegazing - Search.com
Shoegazing (also known as shoegaze or shoegazer; practitioners referred to as shoegazers) is a genre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s.
The shoegaze style is related to a genre that had existed since the mid 1980s, known as dream pop.
Lush's final album was an abrupt shift from shoegazing to Britpop, alienating many fans; the 1996 suicide of their drummer led to Lush's dissolution and served as a symbolic nail in the coffin of what was the shoegazing genre's original era.
www.search.com /reference/Shoegazing   (1886 words)

 Jude Rogers talks to the pioneers of nu-gazing. | Rock | guardian.co.uk Music
For shoegazing was back - the sound of jangly indie fed through layers of distortion, overdrive and fuzz; of delicate souls turning themselves up to 11.
Shoegazing is a way out of that - there's melancholy in it, but lots of heaven there too." He thinks people connect with dreamy music more in times of world crisis, and points out how psychedelic music has flourished during the wars in Vietnam and Iraq.
They were willing to talk, he says, because there wasn't a shoegazing backlash in America; the music was seen as part of an ongoing heritage of experimental rock, which fed into later genres like space-rock and post-rock.
music.guardian.co.uk /rock/story/0,,2135273,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=39   (1201 words)

 Orange Lazarus :: Features :: Audio :: The Wide World of Shoegazing   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Of the bands that show a definite shoegazing influence in their music, M83 are easily among the best, though whether or not that is saying very much at all is a question for another day.
Christian Shoegazing: Wherever a popular or even semi-popular genre of music exists, you can bet that there will be a Christian version of it forthcoming, and it was no different with shoegazing, though the origins of this sub-genre are actually quite muddled.
The Interpretive Dance of Shoegazing: It was a dark and stormy night: Jim and William Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain were hanging out at a drunken bash with several of their friends from the shoegazing scene.
www.orangelazarus.net /features/the_wide_world_of_shoegazing_1.php   (6338 words)

 Shoegazing When The Floor Was Limit | Guitar Columns @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Shoegaze bands had no particular image, and the genre is often known as ‘The scene that celebrates itself’ with many bands attending each others gigs.
They were dubbed Shoegaze, due to the current wave of British bands using heavily distorted guitars, and soft, hushed vocals not different to those by Bilinda Butcher, which created a strange contrast between harsh and abrasive, and calm and tranquil.
The name 'Shoegazing' was coined by the music press due to the guitarists habit of staring at downwards, at their shoes or effects pedals.
www.ultimate-guitar.com /columns/genres_battles/shoegazing_when_the_floor_was_limit.html   (6484 words)

 The Austin Chronicle Music: Wandering Into Wanderlust: Shoegazing With the Swells
This is Shoegazer music, pure and simple; long songs, effects on nearly every instrument, echo and relay running rampant across a hazy, dreamy soundscape.
The Swells seem to have hit on a comfy and effective blend of Shoegazer and pop, not sacrificing the more ethereal elements of long instrumental builds and bashes, while developing and reveling in the catchy hooks they've found in and among the sonic flotsam.
Though MBV's Isn't Anything is often heralded as Shoegazer's ground zero, the sonic strides of the Cocteau Twins and the Jesus & Mary Chain laid the foundation.
www.austinchronicle.com /gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid:80701   (1442 words)

 Orange Lazarus :: Features :: Audio :: The Wide World of Shoegazing   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Shoegazing is an offshoot of alternative rock that emerged in the United Kingdom during the late 1980s and early 90s.
The Jesus and Mary Chain also influenced the moodiness and introspection found in shoegazing by being utter assholes when they played on stage; they were notorious for playing short gigs (some as short as ten minutes long) completely consisting of a wall of feedback.
However, their influence in shoegazing is felt through their occasional use of the 'wall of sound' technique and through their low-key, faraway-sounding vocals, which take a backseat to the music (moreso the latter than the former).
www.orangelazarus.net /features/the_wide_world_of_shoegazing.php   (1411 words)

 Opus // Music Reviews // Various Artists - Feedback To The Future: A Compilation Of Eleven Shoegazing Songs From ...
In my humble opinion, no shoegazing comp would ever be complete without a track from Slowdive (quite possible the most perfect band to ever grace God's green earth), and the comp features one of their finest songs.
Of course, the lyrics are pure shoegazer, full of pining and youthful romanticism, but overall, the track almost sounds like prototypical Britpop (which just supports my conspiracy theory that all of the popular British rock of the past 15 years would never have existed if not for this oft-derided genre).
While many of shoegazing's greatest moments were considerably more melancholic and obtuse (much of Slowdive's catalog, My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless"), this youthful rush of sound is nice to hear.
www.opuszine.com /blog/entry.html?ID=2058   (1229 words)

 Shoegazing - FoxyTunes
Shoegazing (also known as shoegaze) is a style of alternative rock that emerged in southern England in the late 1980s.
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music) is said to have defined the sound, although this is increasingly disputed by those artists associated with the genre who claimed a closer identification with the more hypnotic, rhythm based bands like Loop.
Shoegazing is characterised by a self-deprecating, introspective, non-confrontational feel.
www.foxytunes.com /tag/shoegazing   (158 words)

 :: freshcomp :: » These shoes were made for gazing
Most shoegazers were noticeably unsuitable for rock stardom, shying away from interviews and rarely looking out at the audience during concerts… as you might guess, this is where the term shoegazer came from.
This “softer” variant of shoegazing was directly influenced by the Cocteau Twins, a band active in the ’80s and ’90s, as well as the larger “dreampop” movement.
Though each of the main elements of shoegazer music were also present in the protopunk and psychedelia of the late ’60s and early ’70s, many of those bands were even more obscure than shoegazer bands.
www.freshcomp.net /archives/672   (2738 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Mezcal Head - Swervedriver at Epinions.com
Actually more of a sub-genre, "shoegazer" was an offshoot of British indie/alternative rock named such to describe the way the bands played their music.
Another element that strays from the usual shoegazing style is that you can hear and understand the vocals sung by Adam Franklin.
Present are both the sonic outbursts of intense guitar dirges and the quieter, introspective episodes of subtle musical arrangements that juxtapose the prior eruptions of sound.
www.epinions.com /musc-review-3A25-1C48874C-39735869-prod5   (1219 words)

 Album Review: Shoegazing: This well ain't poisoned yet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ah, yes, shoegaze — that principally Anglophilic window of time where bands were scraggly and unphotogenic and spent most of their time staring at their Vox pedals (or shoes, as the case may be).
One of the two principal players, Christian Saville, played guitar for the quintessential shoegazers Slowdive, and first recorded with partner Sean Hewson circa 1989 under the moniker Eternal, which released one single on the legendary indie-pop label Sarah Records.
Couple their pristine melodies with the tried-and-true shoegaze mix of swirling feedback, drones, and chiming guitars.
maroon.uchicago.edu /voices/articles/2002/02/22/album_review_shoegaz.php   (726 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Shoegazing
The shoegazing bands were singled out as pretentious, middle-class, art-school, etc. etc., and most of them heavily re-invented themselves.
Since the demise of shoegazing, Blur have become the kings of "Britpop", the Jennifers became Supergrass - the princes of Britpop, Catherine Wheel have become a latter-day Pink Floyd, and Curve have experimented with the darker side of dance.
For people who find shoegazers irritatingly self-absorbed and pretentious (what shoegazers themselves call "introspective"), there is a form of release, and this may also be of benefit to the shoegazers themselves, for it is widely held that they are in need of help.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A153299   (419 words)

 Sinister: RE: Shoegazing..... (No B&S content)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Shoegazing was a totally UK based scene which involved any band who 'stared at their shoes'.
The height of the scene was in about 1991, with the obvious point of demise being Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and their headlining Reading in 1992.
The probable height for most of the bands was the first Slough festival (this only ran for 2 years and the second one contained bands like Senseless Things and Silverfish!) The only band I associate with Shoegazing from your list is: MBV, and they soon distanced themselves from that tag.
mail-archive.com /sinister@majordomo.net/1998-month-07/msg00471.html   (298 words)

 The Muso » Shoegazing - A Brief Overview
Shoegazing set about abstracting this sound one step further away from its punk roots, replacing the chugging grind with a more delicate wash of interwoven guitars and a return to more classically-orientated song structures.
To some extent Shoegazing is characterised by a certain lack of outward attitude, whereas JAMC displayed quite a lot of it (albeit in a more detached and hip manner than those before them).
Compared to the worthy (ie dull) AR Kane, shoegazing is the iron fist in dream-pop’s velvet glove.
www.themuso.co.za /?p=1032   (2102 words)

 Swervedriver: Mezcal Head - PopMatters Music Review
As a result, many have even refused to include them in the shoegazing movement proper, claiming that they were nothing more than a standard rock band that hijacked a few effects pedals.
Swervedriver weren't out to destroy the pop song (which was arguably the whole point of shoegazing), but ultimately, they achieved something far more controversial by inverting the relationship, by dragging the inherent pretensions of the shoegazing into the pop song.
The country was captivated by these musicians, dubbed "shoegazers" by the press for their propensity to stare blankly at their shoes while performing.
popmatters.com /music/reviews/s/swervedriver-mexcal.shtml   (1196 words)

 BBC - collective - Much Maligned Music: No. 1
Unfortunately, due to some bright wit's observation, these bands' tendency for shyness infront of the camera led the whole scene to be called 'Shoegazing', a rather derogatory term, which came to stick as a label of a sound that was big, bold, strong and epic, with much feedback and plenty of noise.
Ride, without a doubt, were THE Shoegazing band - their early poppier sound, as defined by 'Chelsea Girl' slowly developed into something much more grandiose - 'Like A Daydream', 'Taste' and Shoegazing Track In Excelsis 'Leave Them All Behind' left all the other bands of the Shoegazing creed in their wave.
Shoegazing brought back to British rock music the concept of the 'Epic' rock track, a prime example being the rise of The Verve - 'Slide Away' and 'She's A Superstar' owe heavily to the Shoegazing scene.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/collective/A4639269   (667 words)

 3:AM Magazine » Leave Them All Behind
Shoegazing by no means dominated what the passed for the British ‘indie’; scene — after Madchester/Baggy, other ’scenes’ managed to hold the attention of the nation’s music-buying public.
By 1993, the ’shoegazer’ (allmusic.com traces the term to: “the bands’; motionless performing style, where they stood on stage and stared at the floor while they played”) had become derogatory, the trademark of a spent-out oh-so-brief epoch of Indie Pop history.
Beset by problems emanating from periods of lethargy and perfectionism in the studio, the album attracted publicity merely on the strength of the delay of its release, although a decade on the wait appears to have been worth it as it is frequently voted as a ‘classic album’;.
www.3ammagazine.com /3am/leave-them-all-behind   (4763 words)

 Shoegazer Band Picks
The Shoegazer is working to have the Lotus Eaters play live in Los Angeles.
The Telescopes were another shoegazer band that came from England.
Slowdive broke up because they were tired of shoegazing and started a new band called Mojave 3.
www.shoegazing.iwarp.com /photo.html   (669 words)

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