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Shoegazing is a subgenre of alternative rock and Alternative Dance that was pioneered and popularised by Music/MyBloodyValentine in the late 1980s-early 1990s. It's basically PsychedelicRock taken UpToEleven, with a sound characterised by a huge wall of guitars playing drone-based riffs, breathy PerishingAltRockVoice singing, pounding drumming and a mix that builds up everything into a huge wall of sound where the individual instruments blend together. In addition, a danceable undercurrent tends to lie beneath this wall of sound (some bands emphasised this to the point of straddling the line between shoegaze and Madchester). In short, a perfect combination of aggressive and dreamy.

While shoegazing is basically PsychedelicRock taken UpToEleven, it was influenced by DreamPop's emphasis on sound over actual song, and indie NoiseRock bands such as Music/SonicYouth, Music/DinosaurJr, Music/TheJesusAndMaryChain and Music/VelvetUnderground.

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Shoegazing '''Shoegazing''' is a subgenre of alternative rock and Alternative Dance AlternativeRock that was pioneered and popularised popularized by Music/MyBloodyValentine in the late 1980s-early 1990s. It's basically PsychedelicRock taken UpToEleven, with a Its sound characterised characterized by a huge wall of guitars playing drone-based riffs, breathy PerishingAltRockVoice singing, pounding drumming and a mix that builds up everything into a huge wall of sound where the individual instruments blend together. In addition, a danceable undercurrent tends to can lie beneath this wall of sound (some bands emphasised emphasized this to the point of straddling the line between shoegaze and Madchester). In short, a perfect combination of aggressive and dreamy.

While shoegazing is basically can be influenced by PsychedelicRock (indeed, it's basically that genre taken UpToEleven, UpToEleven), it was influenced by DreamPop's emphasis on sound over actual song, and indie NoiseRock bands such as Music/SonicYouth, Music/DinosaurJr, Music/TheJesusAndMaryChain and Music/VelvetUnderground.
Music/TheVelvetUnderground.



The genre's first release was the EP ''You Made Me Realise'' by the Anglo-Irish band Music/MyBloodyValentine in 1988. They are also responsible for the most critically acclaimed and well-regarded shoegazing album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'' (1991), which seen as the ''essential'' shoegazing album for [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome damn good reason]]. Other great bands in the genre include: Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Lush}}, ''Chapterhouse,'' Music/{{Slowdive}}, Moose and Music/TheVerve, the latter being a fusion of shoegazing, space rock and psychedelic rock. The only problem with these bands is that they suffer from a pretty bad case of OvershadowedByAwesome thanks to the pervasive presence and legendary reputation of the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine.[[note]]You might say "But I know The Verve!", but the thing is, they never completely fit in with the scene and had a bit of a GenreShift on the way to success.[[/note]]

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The genre's first release was can actually be pointed to the song "When You're Sad" by experimental dream pop band A.R. Kane (who would later produce the song "Pump Up the Volume" under the name M/A/R/R/S, alongside electronic band Colourbox), released in 1986. However, most people point to the EP ''You Made Me Realise'' Realize'' by the Anglo-Irish band Music/MyBloodyValentine in 1988. They are also responsible for the most critically acclaimed and well-regarded shoegazing album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'' (1991), which seen as the ''essential'' shoegazing album for [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome damn good reason]]. Other great bands in the genre include: Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Lush}}, ''Chapterhouse,'' Music/KitchensOfDistinction, Chapterhouse, Music/{{Slowdive}}, Music/CatherineWheel, Moose and Music/TheVerve, the latter final being a fusion of shoegazing, space rock and psychedelic rock. The only problem with these bands is that they suffer from a pretty bad case of OvershadowedByAwesome thanks to the pervasive presence and legendary reputation of the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine.[[note]]You might say "But I know The Verve!", but the thing is, they never completely fit in with the scene and had a bit of a GenreShift on the way to success.[[/note]]



In the 2000s the genre saw something of a resurgence with the indie crowd. In 2001 a band called Music/MyVitriol released Finelines which is given credit with starting the shoegaze movement of the 2000s called Nu Gaze (Coined by Som Wardner himself from My Vitriol). Bands such as Music/SilversunPickups, Asobi Seksu, Blonde Redhead, and The Big Pink were bands that followed this new movement. There were also DarkerAndEdgier bands that used the shoegazing sound to oppress or disquiet rather than uplift, like Music/SingaporeSling (the first band to make a career out of this "darker" sound), Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers, The Horrors, Music/{{Jesu}}, ''Have a Nice Life,'' and ''The Angelic Process.'' There are also a few metal bands that have adopted some elements of shoegaze as well (such as Alcest, Deafheaven, Music/{{Jesu}} again, arguably Nachtmystium), most of them usually being placed as metalgaze or or just post-metal. Then there are bands such as Music/{{M83}} and ''A Sunny Day in Glasgow'' who have aimed towards more electronic experimentation with shoegaze. Yeah, it's been incorporated into almost everything...

Has nothing to do with [[MaleGaze male gaze.]]
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In the 2000s the genre saw something of a resurgence with the indie crowd. In 2001 a band called Music/MyVitriol released Finelines an album called ''Finelines'' which is given credit with starting the shoegaze movement of the 2000s called Nu Gaze '''Nu Gaze''' (Coined by Som Wardner himself from My Vitriol). Bands such as Music/SilversunPickups, Asobi Seksu, Blonde Redhead, and The Big Pink were bands that followed this new movement. There were also DarkerAndEdgier bands that used the shoegazing sound to oppress or disquiet rather than uplift, like Music/SingaporeSling (the first band to make a career out of this "darker" sound), Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers, The Horrors, Music/{{Jesu}}, ''Have a Nice Life,'' and ''The Angelic Process.'' There are also a few metal bands that have adopted some elements of shoegaze as well (such as Alcest, Deafheaven, Music/{{Jesu}} again, arguably Nachtmystium), most of them usually being placed as metalgaze or or just post-metal. Then there are bands such as Music/{{M83}} and ''A A Sunny Day in Glasgow'' Glasgow who have aimed towards more electronic experimentation with shoegaze. Yeah, Yeah...it's been incorporated into almost everything...

everything.

Has nothing to do with [[MaleGaze male gaze.]]
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In the 2000s the genre saw something of a resurgence with the indie crowd. In 2001 a band called Music/MyVitriol released Finelines which is given credit with starting the shoegaze movement of the 2000s called Nu Gaze (Coined by Som Wardner himself from My Vitriol). Bands such as Music/SilversunPickups, Asobi Seksu, Blonde Redhead, and The Big Pink were bands that followed this new movement. There were also DarkerAndEdgier bands that used the shoegazing sound to oppress or disquiet rather than uplift, like Music/SingaporeSling (the first band to make a career out of this "darker" sound), Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers, The Horrors, Music/{{Jesu}}, ''Have a Nice Life,'' and The Angelic Process. There are also a few metal bands that have adopted some elements of shoegaze as well (such as Alcest, Deafheaven, {{Jesu}} again, arguably Nachtmystium), most of them usually being placed as metalgaze or or just post-metal. Then there are bands such as Music/{{M83}} and ''A Sunny Day in Glasgow'' who have aimed towards more electronic experimentation with shoegaze. Yeah, it's been incorporated into almost everything...

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In the 2000s the genre saw something of a resurgence with the indie crowd. In 2001 a band called Music/MyVitriol released Finelines which is given credit with starting the shoegaze movement of the 2000s called Nu Gaze (Coined by Som Wardner himself from My Vitriol). Bands such as Music/SilversunPickups, Asobi Seksu, Blonde Redhead, and The Big Pink were bands that followed this new movement. There were also DarkerAndEdgier bands that used the shoegazing sound to oppress or disquiet rather than uplift, like Music/SingaporeSling (the first band to make a career out of this "darker" sound), Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers, The Horrors, Music/{{Jesu}}, ''Have a Nice Life,'' and The ''The Angelic Process. Process.'' There are also a few metal bands that have adopted some elements of shoegaze as well (such as Alcest, Deafheaven, {{Jesu}} Music/{{Jesu}} again, arguably Nachtmystium), most of them usually being placed as metalgaze or or just post-metal. Then there are bands such as Music/{{M83}} and ''A Sunny Day in Glasgow'' who have aimed towards more electronic experimentation with shoegaze. Yeah, it's been incorporated into almost everything...



* Music/TheAngelicProcess
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* Music/TheEcstasyOfSaintTheresa
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The genre's first release was the EP ''You Made Me Realise'' by the Anglo-Irish band Music/MyBloodyValentine in 1988. They are also responsible for the most critically acclaimed and well-regarded shoegazing album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'' (1991), which seen as the ''essential'' shoegazing album for [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome damn good reason]]. Other great bands in the genre include: Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Lush}}, Chapterhouse, Music/{{Slowdive}}, Moose and Music/TheVerve, the latter being a fusion of shoegazing, space rock and psychedelic rock. The only problem with these bands is that they suffer from a pretty bad case of OvershadowedByAwesome thanks to the pervasive presence and legendary reputation of the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine.[[note]]You might say "But I know The Verve!", but the thing is, they never completely fit in with the scene and had a bit of a GenreShift on the way to success.[[/note]]

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The genre's first release was the EP ''You Made Me Realise'' by the Anglo-Irish band Music/MyBloodyValentine in 1988. They are also responsible for the most critically acclaimed and well-regarded shoegazing album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'' (1991), which seen as the ''essential'' shoegazing album for [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome damn good reason]]. Other great bands in the genre include: Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Lush}}, Chapterhouse, ''Chapterhouse,'' Music/{{Slowdive}}, Moose and Music/TheVerve, the latter being a fusion of shoegazing, space rock and psychedelic rock. The only problem with these bands is that they suffer from a pretty bad case of OvershadowedByAwesome thanks to the pervasive presence and legendary reputation of the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine.[[note]]You might say "But I know The Verve!", but the thing is, they never completely fit in with the scene and had a bit of a GenreShift on the way to success.[[/note]]



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In the 2000s the genre saw something of a resurgence with the indie crowd. In 2001 a band called Music/MyVitriol released Finelines which is given credit with starting the shoegaze movement of the 2000s called Nu Gaze (Coined by Som Wardner himself from My Vitriol). Bands such as Music/SilversunPickups, Asobi Seksu, Blonde Redhead, and The Big Pink were bands that followed this new movement. There were also DarkerAndEdgier bands that used the shoegazing sound to oppress or disquiet rather than uplift, like Music/SingaporeSling (the first band to make a career out of this "darker" sound), Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers, The Horrors, Music/{{Jesu}}, Music/{{Have a Nice Life}} and The Angelic Process. There are also a few metal bands that have adopted some elements of shoegaze as well (such as Alcest, Deafheaven, {{Jesu}} again, arguably Nachtmystium), most of them usually being placed as metalgaze or or just post-metal. Then there are bands such as Music/{{M83}} and Music/ASunnyDayInGlasgow who have aimed towards more electronic experimentation with shoegaze. Yeah, it's been incorporated into almost everything....

Has nothing to do with [[MaleGaze male gaze]].

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In the 2000s the genre saw something of a resurgence with the indie crowd. In 2001 a band called Music/MyVitriol released Finelines which is given credit with starting the shoegaze movement of the 2000s called Nu Gaze (Coined by Som Wardner himself from My Vitriol). Bands such as Music/SilversunPickups, Asobi Seksu, Blonde Redhead, and The Big Pink were bands that followed this new movement. There were also DarkerAndEdgier bands that used the shoegazing sound to oppress or disquiet rather than uplift, like Music/SingaporeSling (the first band to make a career out of this "darker" sound), Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers, The Horrors, Music/{{Jesu}}, Music/{{Have ''Have a Nice Life}} Life,'' and The Angelic Process. There are also a few metal bands that have adopted some elements of shoegaze as well (such as Alcest, Deafheaven, {{Jesu}} again, arguably Nachtmystium), most of them usually being placed as metalgaze or or just post-metal. Then there are bands such as Music/{{M83}} and Music/ASunnyDayInGlasgow ''A Sunny Day in Glasgow'' who have aimed towards more electronic experimentation with shoegaze. Yeah, it's been incorporated into almost everything....

everything...

Has nothing to do with [[MaleGaze male gaze]].gaze.]]



26th Apr '16 12:44:50 AM aye_amber
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In the 2000s the genre saw something of a resurgence with the indie crowd. In 2001 a band called Music/MyVitriol released Finelines which is given credit with starting the shoegaze movement of the 2000s called Nu Gaze (Coined by Som Wardner himself from My Vitriol). Bands such as Music/SilversunPickups, Asobi Seksu, Blonde Redhead, and The Big Pink were bands that followed this new movement. There were also DarkerAndEdgier bands that used the shoegazing sound to oppress or disquiet rather than uplift, like Music/SingaporeSling (the first band to make a career out of this "darker" sound), Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers, The Horrors, Music/{{Jesu}}, Music/{{Have a Nice Life}} and The Angelic Process. There are also a few metal bands that have adopted some elements of shoegaze as well (such as Alcest, Deafheaven, {{Jesu}} again, arguably Nachtmystium), most of them usually being placed as metalgaze or or just post-metal. Then there are bands such as {{M83}} and A Sunny Day In Glasgow who have aimed towards more electronic experimentation with shoegaze. Yeah, it's been incorporated into almost everything....

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In the 2000s the genre saw something of a resurgence with the indie crowd. In 2001 a band called Music/MyVitriol released Finelines which is given credit with starting the shoegaze movement of the 2000s called Nu Gaze (Coined by Som Wardner himself from My Vitriol). Bands such as Music/SilversunPickups, Asobi Seksu, Blonde Redhead, and The Big Pink were bands that followed this new movement. There were also DarkerAndEdgier bands that used the shoegazing sound to oppress or disquiet rather than uplift, like Music/SingaporeSling (the first band to make a career out of this "darker" sound), Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers, The Horrors, Music/{{Jesu}}, Music/{{Have a Nice Life}} and The Angelic Process. There are also a few metal bands that have adopted some elements of shoegaze as well (such as Alcest, Deafheaven, {{Jesu}} again, arguably Nachtmystium), most of them usually being placed as metalgaze or or just post-metal. Then there are bands such as {{M83}} Music/{{M83}} and A Sunny Day In Glasgow Music/ASunnyDayInGlasgow who have aimed towards more electronic experimentation with shoegaze. Yeah, it's been incorporated into almost everything....
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The genre's first release was the EP ''You Made Me Realise'' by the Anglo-Irish band Music/MyBloodyValentine in 1988. They are also responsible for the most critically acclaimed and well-regarded shoegazing album, ''Loveless'' (1991), which seen as the ''essential'' shoegazing album for [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome damn good reason]]. Other great bands in the genre include: Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Lush}}, Chapterhouse, Music/{{Slowdive}}, Moose and Music/TheVerve, the latter being a fusion of shoegazing, space rock and psychedelic rock. The only problem with these bands is that they suffer from a pretty bad case of OvershadowedByAwesome thanks to the pervasive presence and legendary reputation of the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine.[[note]]You might say "But I know The Verve!", but the thing is, they never completely fit in with the scene and had a bit of a GenreShift on the way to success.[[/note]]

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The genre's first release was the EP ''You Made Me Realise'' by the Anglo-Irish band Music/MyBloodyValentine in 1988. They are also responsible for the most critically acclaimed and well-regarded shoegazing album, ''Loveless'' ''Music/{{Loveless}}'' (1991), which seen as the ''essential'' shoegazing album for [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome damn good reason]]. Other great bands in the genre include: Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Lush}}, Chapterhouse, Music/{{Slowdive}}, Moose and Music/TheVerve, the latter being a fusion of shoegazing, space rock and psychedelic rock. The only problem with these bands is that they suffer from a pretty bad case of OvershadowedByAwesome thanks to the pervasive presence and legendary reputation of the aforementioned My Bloody Valentine.[[note]]You might say "But I know The Verve!", but the thing is, they never completely fit in with the scene and had a bit of a GenreShift on the way to success.[[/note]]
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