History Music / MyBloodyValentine

7th Mar '17 3:33:23 PM MarkLungo
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My Bloody Valentine's second album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'', was released on 4 November 1991, to universal acclaim and modest commercial success (reaching #24 on the UK charts and on the other side of the Atlantic, the single "Only Shallow" became a moderate hit single on American alternative radio). It takes their painstakingly over-dubbed aggressive-yet-dreamy guitar playing, ethereal vocals and obsessive studio perfectionism to a whole new level. For a long time, [=McGee=] claimed the album cost £250,000 to record and nearly bankrupted Creation Records, but Shields has always denied both charges, claiming that its an exaggeration and most of the money spent on the album was "money to live on"[[note]]Considering Colm was ''homeless'' during recording, this is not as far-fetched an explanation as it may sound[[/note]], with only a few thousand going into recording itself.

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My Bloody Valentine's second album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'', was released on 4 November 1991, to universal acclaim and modest commercial success (reaching #24 on the UK charts and on the other side of the Atlantic, the single "Only Shallow" became a moderate hit single on American alternative radio). It takes their painstakingly over-dubbed aggressive-yet-dreamy guitar playing, ethereal vocals and obsessive studio perfectionism to a whole new level. For a long time, Creation head Alan [=McGee=] claimed the album cost £250,000 to record and nearly bankrupted Creation Records, his label, but Shields has always denied both charges, claiming that its an exaggeration and most of the money spent on the album was "money to live on"[[note]]Considering Colm was ''homeless'' during recording, this is not as far-fetched an explanation as it may sound[[/note]], with only a few thousand going into recording itself.
7th Mar '17 3:26:06 PM MarkLungo
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Irish-British AlternativeRock band that pioneered a genre known as {{Shoegazing}} and carried it to its apex so thoroughly that it died soon after they dissolved. They are ''the'' quintessential shoegazing band, famous for their ability to make mountains of raging distorted guitars sound beautiful.

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Irish-British [[UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} Irish]]-[[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} British]] AlternativeRock band that pioneered a genre known as {{Shoegazing}} and carried it to its apex so thoroughly that it died soon after they dissolved. They are ''the'' quintessential shoegazing band, famous for their ability to make mountains of raging distorted guitars sound beautiful.



My Bloody Valentine were formed in 1983 by [[UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} Irishmen]] Kevin Shields and Colm Ó Cíosóig. Shields played guitar, Colm handled drumming, and Dave Conway was brought in for vocals, with his girlfriend Tina Durkin playing keyboards. Their name was taken from [[Film/MyBloodyValentine a 1981 Canadian slasher film]]. They spent three months in the Netherlands and then Berlin, where they recorded a mini-LP ''This Is Your Bloody Valentine'', which was mostly bland synth-heavy PostPunk that did not hint at their later direction.

After losing contact for a while and sorting out a housing issue, the band regrouped and settled in London. Tina had left in the chaos, and Debbie Googe was brought aboard as bassist. They released an EP on Fever Records, ''Geek!'', in December 1985, but this did not bring the anticipated reaction. However, they persisted and signed to Kaleidoscope Records. Here they released two more [=EPs=], ''The New Record by My Bloody Valentine'' (1986) and ''Sunny Sundae Smile'' (1987). Soon they built up a small following through regular live gigs. Dave Conway left the band in 1987 from dissatisfaction. After a tortuous audition process[[note]]Shields mentioned making the "mistake" of saying in their ads that they liked Music/TheSmiths, adding "You should've seen some of the fruitballs we got!"[[/note]], the band hired Bilinda Butcher as a vocalist and secondary guitarist, who appeared on two new [=EPs=], ''Strawberry Wine'' and ''Ecstasy'' (1987). The band finally settled down after years of false starts and [=EPs=] with a stable lineup and a new home at Creation Records.

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My Bloody Valentine were formed in 1983 by [[UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} Irishmen]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Dublin}} Dubliners]] Kevin Shields and Colm Ó Cíosóig. Shields played guitar, Colm handled drumming, and Dave Conway was brought in for vocals, with his girlfriend Tina Durkin playing keyboards. Their name was taken from [[Film/MyBloodyValentine a 1981 Canadian slasher film]]. They spent three months in the Netherlands and then Berlin, where they recorded a mini-LP ''This Is Your Bloody Valentine'', which was mostly bland synth-heavy PostPunk that did not hint at their later direction.

After losing contact for a while and sorting out a housing issue, the band regrouped and settled in London.UsefulNotes/{{London}}. Tina had left in the chaos, and Debbie Googe was brought aboard as bassist. They released an EP on Fever Records, ''Geek!'', in December 1985, but this did not bring the anticipated reaction. However, they persisted and signed to Kaleidoscope Records. Here they released two more [=EPs=], ''The New Record by My Bloody Valentine'' (1986) and ''Sunny Sundae Smile'' (1987). Soon they built up a small following through regular live gigs. Dave Conway left the band in 1987 from dissatisfaction. After a tortuous audition process[[note]]Shields mentioned making the "mistake" of saying in their ads that they liked Music/TheSmiths, adding "You should've seen some of the fruitballs we got!"[[/note]], the band hired Bilinda Butcher as a vocalist and secondary guitarist, who appeared on two new [=EPs=], ''Strawberry Wine'' and ''Ecstasy'' (1987). The band finally settled down after years of false starts and [=EPs=] with a stable lineup and a new home at Creation Records.
Creator/CreationRecords.



The band recently announced on their Website/{{Facebook}} page that remastered versions of ''Isn't Anything'', ''Loveless'' and a compilation of the contemporary [=EPs=] are scheduled to be released on 7 May 2012. [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell And it actually happened]]. [[{{Understatement}} People were pleasantly surprised.]]

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The band recently announced on their Website/{{Facebook}} page that remastered versions of ''Isn't Anything'', ''Loveless'' and a compilation of the contemporary [=EPs=] are scheduled to be released on 7 May 2012. [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell And it actually happened]]. [[{{Understatement}} People were pleasantly surprised.]]
13th Feb '17 2:32:15 AM bt8257
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My Bloody Valentine's second album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'', was released on 4 November 1991, to universal acclaim and modest commercial success (reaching #24 on the UK charts and on the other side of the Atlantic, the single "Only Shallow" became a moderate hit single on American alternative radio). It takes their painstakingly over-dubbed aggressive-but-dreamy guitar playing, ethereal vocals and obsessive studio perfectionism to a whole new level, and basically remains the ''essential'' {{Shoegazing}} album. For a long time, [=McGee=] claimed the album cost £250,000 to record and nearly bankrupted Creation Records, but Shields has always denied both charges, claiming the 250.000 is an exaggeration and most of the money spent on the album was "money to live on"[[note]]Considering Ó Cíosóig was ''homeless'' during recording, this is not as far-fetched an explanation as it may sound[[/note]], with only a few thousand going into recording itself.

MBV embarked on a short tour of England and the USA (co-headlining with Music/DinosaurJr and Music/YoLaTengo) as a result of Creation's financial dire straits, and were dropped from the label soon after. They signed with Island Records in October 1992, and began building their own studio, which was completed by April 1993. After churning out a cover of [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService "We Have All The Time In The World"]] for a charity album and [[Music/{{Wire}} "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W"]] for a tribute album, Shields' severe writer's block, extreme perfectionism (reportedly nearly 60 hours of material were recorded and discarded) and tension between the members caused the band to slide into a decade of inactivity and disintegrate[[note]]Googe left the band in 1996, claiming that she "hadn't been happy for a long time", and formed Snowpony; Colm joined Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions; Shields himself kept busy by playing with Music/PrimalScream, Music/{{Curve}}, Music/DinosaurJr and others[[/note]].

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My Bloody Valentine's second album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'', was released on 4 November 1991, to universal acclaim and modest commercial success (reaching #24 on the UK charts and on the other side of the Atlantic, the single "Only Shallow" became a moderate hit single on American alternative radio). It takes their painstakingly over-dubbed aggressive-but-dreamy aggressive-yet-dreamy guitar playing, ethereal vocals and obsessive studio perfectionism to a whole new level, and basically remains the ''essential'' {{Shoegazing}} album. level. For a long time, [=McGee=] claimed the album cost £250,000 to record and nearly bankrupted Creation Records, but Shields has always denied both charges, claiming the 250.000 is that its an exaggeration and most of the money spent on the album was "money to live on"[[note]]Considering Ó Cíosóig Colm was ''homeless'' during recording, this is not as far-fetched an explanation as it may sound[[/note]], with only a few thousand going into recording itself.

MBV embarked on a short tour of England and the USA (co-headlining with Music/DinosaurJr and Music/YoLaTengo) as a result of Creation's financial dire straits, and were dropped from the label soon after. They signed with Island Records in October 1992, and began building their own studio, which was completed by April 1993. After churning out a cover of [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService "We Have All The Time In The World"]] for a charity album and [[Music/{{Wire}} "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W"]] for a tribute album, Shields' severe writer's block, extreme perfectionism (reportedly nearly 60 hours of material were recorded and discarded) and tension between the members caused the band to slide into a decade of inactivity and disintegrate[[note]]Googe left the band in 1996, 1995, claiming that she "hadn't been happy for a long time", and formed Snowpony; Colm joined Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions; Shields himself kept busy by playing with Music/PrimalScream, Music/{{Curve}}, Music/DinosaurJr and others[[/note]].



On 7 November 2012, it was [[http://pitchfork.com/news/48507-kevin-shields-says-a-new-my-bloody-valentine-album-will-be-out-this-year/ announced]] that a album of new material might see the light of day by the end of 2012, via Kevin's website. On 21 December of the same year, the band announced [[http://i.imgur.com/foamO.png via their]] [[http://www.facebook.com/mybloodyvalentine/posts/383000051790898 Facebook page]] that the album was past the mastering stage. On 2 February 2013, the band [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell finally released the album]], titled ''mbv'', on their website. To say their fanbase hyperventilated with excitement doesn't even begin to describe it. The server for the band's site promptly crashed upon announcement to the surprise of no one.

Please don't confuse them with Music/MyChemicalRomance, [[PennyArcade it's been a problem]]. Oh, and don't confuse them with [[Film/MyBloodyValentine the movie]], from which they took their name (or maybe didn't; different sources have specified differently), which doesn't have nearly as many instances of people staring at their shoes. Nor should you confuse them for Music/BulletForMyValentine, which is a [[{{Metalcore}} completely different]] band entirely. Last but not least, they shouldn't be confused with Music/MyVitriol, which probably happens more often than the other two, as MV are the band that started the Second Wave of Shoegazing.

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On 7 November 2012, it was [[http://pitchfork.com/news/48507-kevin-shields-says-a-new-my-bloody-valentine-album-will-be-out-this-year/ announced]] that a album of new material might see the light of day by the end of 2012, via Kevin's website. On 21 December of the same year, the band announced [[http://i.imgur.com/foamO.png via their]] [[http://www.facebook.com/mybloodyvalentine/posts/383000051790898 Facebook page]] that the album was past the mastering stage. On 2 February 2013, the band [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell finally released the album]], titled ''mbv'', on their website. To say their fanbase hyperventilated with excitement doesn't even begin to describe it. The server for the band's site promptly crashed upon announcement to the surprise of no one.

one's surprise.

Please don't confuse them with Music/MyChemicalRomance, [[PennyArcade [[Webcomic/PennyArcade it's been a problem]]. Oh, and don't confuse them with [[Film/MyBloodyValentine the movie]], from which they took their name (or maybe didn't; different sources have specified differently), which doesn't have nearly as many instances of people staring at their shoes. Nor should you confuse them for Music/BulletForMyValentine, which is a [[{{Metalcore}} completely different]] band entirely. Last but not least, they shouldn't be confused with Music/MyVitriol, which probably happens more often than the other two, as MV are the band that started the Second Wave of Shoegazing.
12th Feb '17 3:22:04 PM Morgenthaler
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** The non-LP track "Instrumental #2" samples the PublicEnemy track "Security for the First World", the same track LennyKravitz sampled for Madonna's "Justify My Love".

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** The non-LP track "Instrumental #2" samples the PublicEnemy Music/PublicEnemy track "Security for the First World", the same track LennyKravitz sampled for Madonna's "Justify My Love".
6th Feb '17 3:45:24 PM bt8257
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* MinimalisticCoverArt: All of their stuff. For example: ''Realise'' is just a picture of a woman[[note]]No, nobody knows who she is, or if she's from the band.[[/note]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/65/Youmademerealise.jpg lying in a field with flowers holding a knife to her own throat]], ''Feed'' is a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/63/My_Bloody_Valentine_-_Feed_Me_with_Your_Kiss.jpg creepy close-up of a woman's face]], ''Anything'' has [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/07/MyBloodyValentineIsntAnything.jpg a blurred picture of Kevin and Bilinda]] so as to appear [[TheFaceless faceless]], ''Glider'' is a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a9/MyBloodyValentineGlider.jpg photomanipulated image of two people kissing]], ''Tremolo'' is [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/88/My_Bloody_Valentine_-_Tremolo.jpg a less creepy, blurry close-up of a woman's face]], and probably the most iconic one of all, ''Loveless'' is [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a6/MyBloodyValentineLoveless.jpg a close-up of Kevin's guitar, manipulated to appear pink]]. ''mbv'' continues the tradition, by having its cover be [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d4/My_Bloody_Valentine_-_MBV.jpg the album's title pasted over a collection of various doodles manipulated to appear blue]].

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* MinimalisticCoverArt: All of their stuff. For example: ''Realise'' is just a picture of a woman[[note]]No, nobody knows who she is, or if she's from the band.[[/note]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/65/Youmademerealise.jpg lying in a field with flowers holding a knife to her own throat]], ''Feed'' is a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/63/My_Bloody_Valentine_-_Feed_Me_with_Your_Kiss.jpg creepy close-up of a woman's face]], ''Anything'' has [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/07/MyBloodyValentineIsntAnything.jpg a blurred picture of Kevin and Bilinda]] so as to appear [[TheFaceless faceless]], ''Glider'' is a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a9/MyBloodyValentineGlider.jpg photomanipulated image of two people kissing]], ''Tremolo'' is [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/88/My_Bloody_Valentine_-_Tremolo.jpg a less creepy, blurry close-up of a woman's face]], and probably the most iconic one of all, ''Loveless'' ''Music/{{Loveless}}'' is [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a6/MyBloodyValentineLoveless.jpg a close-up of Kevin's guitar, manipulated to appear pink]]. ''mbv'' continues the tradition, by having its cover be [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d4/My_Bloody_Valentine_-_MBV.jpg the album's title pasted over a collection of various doodles manipulated to appear blue]].



* ShoeGazing: ''The'' shoegazing band.

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* ShoeGazing: {{Shoegazing}}: ''The'' shoegazing band.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: After an album's worth of shoegazing, "Soon" ends ''Loveless'' by tossing a funky Madchester beat under the band's signature guitar walls. And it kicks arse.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: After an album's worth of shoegazing, "Soon" ends ''Loveless'' by tossing a funky Madchester beat under the band's signature guitar walls. And it kicks arse.''arse''.
31st Jan '17 2:06:59 AM Folamh3
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* SmallReferencePools: Generally, if you see something about MBV, it will use one of two band pictures. One of them's also used on this very page, [[http://www.last.fm/music/My+Bloody+Valentine/+images/43198175 the other one]] being a bit more unsettling, what with the DeathGlare-ish looks and all. Doesn't help that those are the best and most famous images of the band with others not really measuring up.
31st Jan '17 1:54:00 AM Folamh3
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And in a rather ironic turn for the NME quote above, they're now part of the [[Pantheon/MusicLesserGods TV Tropes music pantheon]].

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And in a rather ironic turn for the NME quote above, they're They're now part of the [[Pantheon/MusicLesserGods TV Tropes music pantheon]].
31st Jan '17 1:52:12 AM Folamh3
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My Bloody Valentine's second album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'', was released on 4 November 1991, to universal acclaim and modest commercial success (reaching #24 on the UK charts and on the other side of the Atlantic, the single "Only Shallow" became a moderate hit single on American alternative radio). It takes their painstakingly over-dubbed aggressive-but-dreamy guitar playing, ethereal vocals, and obsessive studio perfectionism (every sound on the album is either guitar, vocals, bass, drums, or a sampled and manipulated version of the same) to a whole new level, and basically remains the ''essential'' {{Shoegazing}} album. For a long time, [=McGee=] claimed the album cost £250,000 to record and nearly bankrupted Creation Records, but Shields has always denied both charges, claiming the 250.000 is an exaggeration and most of the money spent on the album was "money to live on"[[note]]Considering Ó Cíosóig was ''homeless'' during recording, this is not as far-fetched an explanation as it may sound[[/note]], with only a few thousand going into recording itself.

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My Bloody Valentine's second album, ''Music/{{Loveless}}'', was released on 4 November 1991, to universal acclaim and modest commercial success (reaching #24 on the UK charts and on the other side of the Atlantic, the single "Only Shallow" became a moderate hit single on American alternative radio). It takes their painstakingly over-dubbed aggressive-but-dreamy guitar playing, ethereal vocals, vocals and obsessive studio perfectionism (every sound on the album is either guitar, vocals, bass, drums, or a sampled and manipulated version of the same) to a whole new level, and basically remains the ''essential'' {{Shoegazing}} album. For a long time, [=McGee=] claimed the album cost £250,000 to record and nearly bankrupted Creation Records, but Shields has always denied both charges, claiming the 250.000 is an exaggeration and most of the money spent on the album was "money to live on"[[note]]Considering Ó Cíosóig was ''homeless'' during recording, this is not as far-fetched an explanation as it may sound[[/note]], with only a few thousand going into recording itself.
18th Dec '16 12:10:59 PM CassandraLeo
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** The songs on Ecstasy And Wine are mostly twee.

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** The songs on Ecstasy And Wine ''Ecstasy and Wine'' are mostly twee.



* EpicRocking: "You Made Me Realise" has been known to go on for upwards of 30 minutes.
** That is to day, the 'holocaust' section has. 20+ minutes of pure noise and cacophony, played at 110 dB. Epic indeed.

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* EpicRocking: "You Made Me Realise" has been known to go on for upwards of 30 minutes.
** That is to day, the
minutes. The 'holocaust' section has. can have 20+ minutes of pure noise and cacophony, played at 110 dB. Epic indeed.



*** "Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)" is possibly even less subtle.

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*** "Soft as Snow (But (but Warm Inside)" is possibly even less subtle.



** Their songs tend to be very sensual, walking the line between [[IntercourseWithYou Intercourse With You]] and [[SillyLoveSongs Silly Love Songs]]. Some of their stuff on ''Loveless'' and ''mbv'' can be particularly seductive.

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** Their songs tend to be very sensual, walking the line between [[IntercourseWithYou Intercourse With You]] IntercourseWithYou and [[SillyLoveSongs Silly Love Songs]].SillyLoveSongs. Some of their stuff on ''Loveless'' and ''mbv'' can be particularly seductive.



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: A tougher-than-usual case to rank, since they play relatively catchy SillyLoveSongs (albeit with a bit of a dark edge) but proceed to drown them in massive quantities of distortion. In general, they probabl come in around a 5-7 (due purely to sheer noisiness), with the odd tune getting slightly higher and some that drop well below this. Without the distortion, most of it would be a 2 or a 3.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: A tougher-than-usual case to rank, since they play relatively catchy SillyLoveSongs (albeit with a bit of a dark edge) but proceed to drown them in massive quantities of distortion. In general, they probabl probably come in around a 5-7 (due purely to sheer noisiness), with the odd tune getting slightly higher and some that drop well below this. Without the distortion, most of it would be a 2 or a 3.



* PunBasedTitle: Well, the movie they named themselves after is this...

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* PunBasedTitle: Well, the movie they named themselves after (if, in fact, they named themselves after it) is this...this... (it's a pun on the Rodgers and Hart song "My Funny Valentine", probably best known to modern audiences from Music/FrankSinatra's version).
25th Apr '16 11:18:38 PM aye_amber
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After losing contact for a while and sorting out a housing issue, the band regrouped and settled in London. Tina had left in the chaos, and Debbie Googe was brought aboard as bassist. They released an EP on Fever Records, ''Geek!'', in December 1985, but this did not bring the anticipated reaction. However, they persisted and signed to Kaleidoscope Records. Here they released two more [=EPs=], ''The New Record by My Bloody Valentine'' (1986) and ''Sunny Sundae Smile'' (1987). Soon they built up a small following through regular live gigs. Dave Conway left the band in 1987 from dissatisfaction. After a tortuous audition process[[note]]Shields mentioned making the "mistake" of saying in their ads that they liked TheSmiths, adding "You should've seen some of the fruitballs we got!"[[/note]], the band hired Bilinda Butcher as a vocalist and secondary guitarist, who appeared on two new [=EPs=], ''Strawberry Wine'' and ''Ecstasy'' (1987). The band finally settled down after years of false starts and [=EPs=] with a stable lineup and a new home at Creation Records.

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After losing contact for a while and sorting out a housing issue, the band regrouped and settled in London. Tina had left in the chaos, and Debbie Googe was brought aboard as bassist. They released an EP on Fever Records, ''Geek!'', in December 1985, but this did not bring the anticipated reaction. However, they persisted and signed to Kaleidoscope Records. Here they released two more [=EPs=], ''The New Record by My Bloody Valentine'' (1986) and ''Sunny Sundae Smile'' (1987). Soon they built up a small following through regular live gigs. Dave Conway left the band in 1987 from dissatisfaction. After a tortuous audition process[[note]]Shields mentioned making the "mistake" of saying in their ads that they liked TheSmiths, Music/TheSmiths, adding "You should've seen some of the fruitballs we got!"[[/note]], the band hired Bilinda Butcher as a vocalist and secondary guitarist, who appeared on two new [=EPs=], ''Strawberry Wine'' and ''Ecstasy'' (1987). The band finally settled down after years of false starts and [=EPs=] with a stable lineup and a new home at Creation Records.
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