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Slowdive are a British DreamPop[=/=]{{Shoegazing}} band active during TheEighties and TheNineties, named after the Music/SiouxsieAndTheBanshees song "Slowdive". Next to Music/MyBloodyValentine, they are considered one of the best examples of their genres. The band primarily consisted of Rachel Goswell (vocals, guitar), Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), and Christian Savill (guitar). The drummer's chair was filled by Simon Scott from 199094 and Ian [=McCutcheon=] from 199495.

The band was formed in 1989 by childhood friends Halstead and Goswell, with Chaplin and Savill joining shortly thereafter. Their first release, a self-titled EP got them critical praise in the British press. Sustaining their momentum with two more [=EPs=], they then released their first album, ''Just for a Day'' in 1991. They quickly got compared to Music/MyBloodyValentine, and while they were an influence, Slowdive never fit in completely with the shoegaze aesthetic, owing more to the Music/CocteauTwins.

Their second album, ''Souvlaki'', features some of their best songs, such as "Alison", "Machine Gun", "40 Days", "Sing", "Souvlaki Space Station", "When the Sun Hits", and "Dagger". With time, ''Souvlaki'' has also found itself a place in the canon of landmark {{Shoegazing}} albums next to Music/MyBloodyValentine's ''Music/{{Loveless}}'', Music/{{Ride}}'s ''Nowhere'', and Music/{{Lush}}'s ''Split''. An additional EP that year saw them experiment with influences from ambient techno and country. However, the {{Shoegazing}} fad in the UK was dying down around this time and even earning HypeBacklash; also, US distributor SBK Records' attempts to promote their albums in the midst of {{grunge}} were incredibly incompetent and stupid. [[FromBadToWorse Additionally]], SBK pulled funding, forcing the band to finance two 1994 US tours themselves.

A week after ''Pygmalion'' was released, they were dumped by Creator/CreationRecords -- Halstead had been threatened that the relationship with the label would end unless they delivered a "pop album", and predictably, [[WriterRevolt he completely ignored them]]. Slowdive broke up around this time: Chaplin and Savill left, while Goswell, Halstead and [=McCutcheon=] regrouped as Mojave 3 and signed to Creator/FourADRecords. With Mojave 3 they instead focused on combining DreamPop, electronic experimentation and some mild country influences.

Slowdive has actually done more for their genre than they're given credit for, which isn't surprising, considering {{Shoegazing}} bands other than My Bloody Valentine suffer from severe OvershadowedByAwesome, and their mellower sound stood out like a sore thumb amid the ear-brutalizing loudness of the shoegaze scene. Alongside the Czech band Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, who moved into Ambient and Techno soundscapes, they helped innovate shoegaze's electronic aspects -- whereas My Bloody Valentine provided the blueprint for the monstrous instrumental shoegaze based around a combination of brutally loud guitars and soothing melodies, Slowdive's copious use of [[EchoingAcoustics reverb]], songs played ''very'' slowly and overall spaciness made bands like Music/{{M83}} and A Sunny Day in Glasgow possible.

They reunited in 2014 to much fanfare. On 12 January 2017, they released "Star Roving", their first single since 1994, and finally a self titled album on 5 May, to ''even more fanfare''.

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!!Classic line-up:
* Neil Halstead - Vocals, guitar, keyboards
* Rachel Goswell - Vocals, guitar, tambourine
* Nick Chaplin - Bass
* Christian Savill - Guitar
* Simon Scott - Drums
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!!Former:
* Adrian Sell - Drums (1989)
* Neil Carter (198990)
* Ian [=McCutcheon=] - Drums (199495)
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!!Studio discography:
* ''Slowdive'' EP (1990)
* ''Morningrise'' EP (1991)
* ''Holding Our Breath'' EP (1991)
* ''Just for a Day'' (1991)
* ''Souvlaki'' (1993)
* ''5'' EP (1993)
* ''Pygmalion'' (1995)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Slowdive]]'' (2017)
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! '''''Tropes close and feelings flow''''':
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Just for a Day'' is a lyric in "Celia's Dream".
* BreakupSong: ''Souvlaki'' has a few, since the relationship between Neil and Rachel dissolved before it came out. "40 Days" and "Dagger" were written from Neil's perspective, while the lyrics to "Souvlaki Space Station" came from Rachel.
* ButtMonkey: ''Hoo boy'', with the treatment of their label and reviews ''mocking them'' simply because of the backlash shoegaze received, they got this status...until being {{vindicated by history}} kicked in and reviewers who mocked them began to praise them and are now a staple within shoegazing that ''isn't'' Music/MyBloodyValentine. ''Souvlaki'' is now sometimes considered to be just as good, if not ''[[https://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2014/01/five-reasons-slowdives-souvlaki-trumps-loveless.html better]]'' than ''Music/{{Loveless}}''.
* TheCameo: Music/BrianEno adds keyboards and treatments to "Sing" and "Here She Comes".
* CoverVersion: "Some Velvet Morning" by Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra was added as a bonus track to the USA edition of ''Souvlaki'' (one of the ''few'' good things SBK Records did) and came out on a separate EP in the UK. "Golden Hair" by Music/SydBarrett was part of a Peel Session and later bundled with the remastered two-disc edition of ''Just for a Day''.
* DreamPop: DreamPop and {{Shoegazing}} go hand-in-hand, but they're unanimously considered one of the dreamiest bands in the latter genre.
* EchoingAcoustics: They used this quite a bit, bringing their sound closer to the middle between DreamPop and {{Shoegazing}}.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: The first vocals on "Avalyn I" show up some 100 seconds in.
* EpicRocking: "Spanish Air", "Rutti", "Crazy for You", "Trellisaze", "J's Heaven", "Blue Skied an' Clear", "Slomo", "Go Get It", "Falling Ashes", "30th June", "Avalyn" and "Golden Hair" live.
* FaceOnTheCover: The cover of ''Souvlaki'' is just a picture of the band.
* IAmTheBand: ''Pygmalion'' is more of a Neil Halstead solo album.
* IndecipherableLyrics:
* LampshadeHanging: The title of ''Holding Our Breath'' is a reference to the critical pasting they expected (and received) after ''Loveless'' prompted certain critics to start a HypeBacklash. Their work has since been VindicatedByHistory.
* LoopedLyrics: Of the single-sentence variety, we have "Crazy for You", where Neil repeats "crazy for loving you" for five minutes (the last two syllables are [[IndecipherableLyrics practically inaudible]].) When played live, he and Rachel sing it as "crazy for love, for love, for love."
* MinimalisticCoverArt: The cover for ''Slowdive'' is just a very sparse black-and-white photo.
* {{Mondegreen}}: The LoopedLyrics (and vocals) of "Crazy for You" make the song a prime target of mishearing its one-sentence lyric, which leads to hilarious interpretations like "crazy falafel."
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Just like Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Lush}}, Music/CatherineWheel and many other contemporaries.
* {{Shoegazing}}: One of the best known bands in this genre, alongside Music/MyBloodyValentine, Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Lush}} and Music/CatherineWheel.
* ShoutOut: ''Souvlaki'' was named after a Jerky Boys sketch where a main character claims that his wife will "suck your cock like souvlaki".
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The closer from ''Slowdive'', "Falling Ashes", sounds more like a song on ''Pygmalion''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Mojave 3.
* TitledAfterTheSong: Rachel Goswell suggested naming the band after a Music/SiouxsieAndTheBanshees song.
* TheSouthpaw: Christian Savill, at least when playing guitar.
* WordSaladLyrics: Par for the course for {{shoegazing}}.
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