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Secondary Stylistic Influences:
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->''"...it's just pure noise for the hell of it."''
-->-- '''[[Music/MyBloodyValentine Kevin Shields]]'''


Shoegazing is a subgenre of AlternativeRock that was pioneered and popularized by Music/MyBloodyValentine in the late 1980s-early 1990s. Its sound 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 can lie beneath this wall of sound (some bands emphasized this to the point of straddling the line between shoegaze and Madchester). In short, a perfect combination of aggressive and dreamy.

While shoegazing can be influenced by PsychedelicRock (indeed, it's basically that genre 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/TheVelvetUnderground.

The name comes from a ''Sounds'' review of a Moose concert and was picked up by ''NME'' in reference to shoegazing bands' motionless live performances where they mostly stared at their effects pedals (to the right you can see [[Music/MyBloodyValentine Bilinda Butcher]] doing exactly that). Music/{{Ride}} singer Mark Gardener also attributed the motionlessness to an average presentation, in reaction to the "ego" of famous bands like Music/{{U2}}. ''Melody Maker'''s nickname for the movement was The Scene That Celebrates Itself, due to shoegazers' habit of moonlighting in each other's bands and attending each other's concerts instead of engaging in petty rivalries.

The genre's first release 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'' 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}}, Music/KitchensOfDistinction, Chapterhouse, Music/{{Slowdive}}, Music/CatherineWheel, Moose and Music/TheVerve, the 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]]

The shoegazing genre itself was at the forefront of alternative rock in the UK, which in the late 1980s-early 1990s was split between a spacey, psychedelic alt-rock scene which included shoegazing (roughly corresponding to Southern England - the overwhelming majority of shoegazing bands came from the Thames Valley, which probably contributed to the camaraderie between members and the Scene That Celebrates Itself moniker), and a poppier alt-rock scene which included Madchester (roughly corresponding to Northern England, duh). While the genre itself was a mostly British thing, there were a few shoegazey bands to emerge out of the USA, like {{Starflyer 59}} and Medicine, and it was regarded as an influence by Music/TheSmashingPumpkins among other successful bands.

Shoegazing collapsed in the midst of a mid-1990s HypeBacklash, its bands increasingly seen as privileged, self-indulgent middle-class kids with "nothing to say" and being replaced by working-class {{Britpop}} bands ([[MeetTheNewBoss who then immediately became filthy rich, privileged, self-indulgent and had nothing to say]]). MBV went into a hiatus, resurfacing with a reunion tour in 2008 and ''finally'' releasing a new album in 2013 after twenty years of DevelopmentHell. Music/{{Lush}} pulled an abrupt GenreShift into Britpop to some success and broke up after their drummer killed himself. Music/{{Slowdive}} evolved into the folk-rock/DreamPop band Mojave 3. CatherineWheel went into slowly changing their own style and broke up in 2000. Ride broke up in 1996 after failing to adapt to {{Britpop}}.

In the 2000s the genre saw something of a resurgence with the indie crowd. In 2001 a band called Music/MyVitriol released an album called ''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 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 or FemaleGaze.

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The following are some artists that were part of the first wave shoegazers:

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* Music/MyBloodyValentine
** 1991 - ''Music/{{Loveless}}''
* Music/{{Slowdive}}
* Music/{{Ride}}
* Music/{{Lush}}
* Music/CatherineWheel
* Music/TheBooRadleys
* Music/KitchensOfDistinction
** 1992 - ''Music/TheDeathOfCool''
* Music/PaleSaints
* Music/{{Moose}}
* Music/{{Spiritualized}}
* Music/{{Adorable}}
* Music/{{Curve}}
* Music/TheVerve (one of the few shoegazing bands to not be from the Thames Valley/Southern UK; they were from Wigan, Greater Manchester)
* Music/{{Lilys}}
* Music/{{Medicine}}
* Music/{{Plexi}}
* Music/HalfString
* Music/TheNightblooms
* Music/{{Starflyer 59}} (but only for their first few albums)
* Music/FlyingSaucerAttack
* Music/{{Blur}} on their first album represent one of the aforementioned bands that straddled the line between Shoegazing and Madchester, but dropped the whole thing with their next album to jump on the {{Britpop}} bandwagon. Once they reinvented themselves as a noisy art-rock band, some of their shoegazing influence started to reemerge on ''Blur'' and ''13''.

Second wave or "Nu Gaze" bands:
* Music/AsobiSeksu
* Music/AmusementParksOnFire
* Music/{{Belong}}
* Music/TheBigPink (before taking it more in a NoiseRock direction)
* Music/BlondeRedhead
* Music/CoaltarOfTheDeepers
* Music/DarkerMyLove
* Music/{{Deerhunter}}
* Music/{{DIIV}}
* Music/EchoLake
* Music/{{Faunts}} (blends with DreamPop)
* Music/Glasvegas
* Music/LowerDens (with {{Krautrock}} influences as well)
* Music/LSDAndTheSearchForGod
* Music/{{M83}}
* Music/{{Mahogany}}
* Music/MyVitriol
* Music/ThePainsOfBeingPureAtHeart
* Music/RingoDeathstarr
* Music/SilversunPickups (most commercially successful Shoegazing act)
* Music/{{Southpacific}}
* Music/SweetTrip
* Music/{{Tamaryn}}
* Music/{{Toy}}
* Music/TrueWidow
* Music/TheWarOnDrugs
* Music/{{Whirr}}

DarkerAndEdgier shoegaze bands:

* Music/AlcianBlue
* Music/SingaporeSling
* Music/APlaceToBuryStrangers
* Music/TheHorrors (''Primary Colours'' era only, ''Skying'' fits more with the traditional shoegaze)
* Music/HaveANiceLife
* Music/{{Airs}} (some overlap with "metalgaze," especially early on)

"Metalgaze" bands:

* Music/{{Jesu}}
* Music/{{Alcest}} (BlackMetal, shoegaze and folk) - curiously, lead songwriter Neige claims that he'd never heard of the genre until he read reviews of his own albums comparing them to shoegaze.
* Music/{{Deafheaven}}
** 2013 - ''Music/{{Sunbather}}''
* Music/{{Amesoeurs}} (arguably)
* Music/{{Katatonia}} (second album only, mixed with [[DeathMetal Death/Doom]])
* Music/{{Deftones}} (very sporadically from ''Saturday Night Wrist'' onward)
* Music/{{Fallujah}} (mixed with TechnicalDeathMetal, also has elements of trip-hop, dream pop, and synthwave)
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