Slowdive were a British DreamPop[=/=]{{Shoegazing}} band active during TheEighties and TheNineties, ''not'' 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 Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals, guitar), Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar), and Christian Savill (guitar). The drummer's chair was filled by Simon Scott between 1990-1994 and Ian [=McClutcheon=] between 1994-1996.

The band was formed in 1989 by childhood friends Halstead and Goswell, with Savill and Chaplin joining the band 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 did represent an influence the band never fit in completely with the shoegaze aesthetic, owing more to the Music/CocteauTwins.

Their second album, ''Souvlaki'' got them even stronger critical praise and features some of their best songs, such as "Machine Gun". With time, ''Souvlaki'' also found itself a place in the canon of landmark {{Shoegazing}} albums next to Music/MyBloodyValentine's ''Loveless'' and Music/{{Ride}}'s ''Nowhere''. An additional EP that year saw them experiment with influences from ambient techno and country. However, around this time the {{Shoegazing}} fad in the UK was dying down and even earning HypeBacklash, and the US distributor SBK Records' attempts to promote their albums in the midst of {{Grunge}} proved incredibly incompetent and stupid. Additionally, SBK pulled out funding, forcing the band to finance two tours of the USA in 1994 themselves.

A week after the release of ''Pygmalion'', Slowdive were dumped from 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 ceased to exist around this time: Chaplin and Savill left, while Goswell, Halstead and [=McClutcheon=] regrouped as Music/{{Mojave 3}} and signed to Creator/FourADRecords. With Music/{{Mojave 3}} they abandoned the {{Shoegazing}} label and instead focused on combining DreamPop, electronic experimentation and some mild country influences.

Slowdive has actually done more for their genre than people give them credit for, which is not exactly something surprising considering {{Shoegazing}} bands not named My Bloody Valentine as a whole suffer from severe OvershadowedByAwesome, and Slowdive's mellower sound stood out like a sore thumb amid the ear-brutalizing loudness of the shoegaze scene. They helped innovate the electronic aspects of shoegaze[[note]]alongside the Czech band Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, who moved into Ambient and Techno soundscapes[[/note]] - where Music/MyBloodyValentine 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 Music/ASunnyDayInGlasgow possible.

The band reunited in 2014 to much fanfare.

* ''Slowdive'' EP (1990)
* ''Morningrise'' EP (1991)
* ''Holding Our Breath'' EP (1991)
* ''Just for a Day'' (1991)
* ''Souvlaki'' (1993)
* ''5'' EP (1993)
* ''Pygmalion'' (1995)

!Slowdive contains examples of the following tropes:

* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Just for a Day'' is a lyric in "Celia's Dream".
* TheCameo: BrianEno shows up to add keyboards and treatments to "Sing" and "Here She Comes".
* CoverVersion: "Some Velvet Morning" by Music/LeeHazelwood and Nancy Sinatra was added as a bonus track to the USA edition of ''Souvlaki'' (one of the few good things done by SBK Records) and came out on a separate EP in the UK. "Golden Hair" by [[Music/PinkFloyd Syd Barrett]] was part of a Peel Session and later bundled with the remastered two-disc edition of ''Just for a Day''.
* DreamPop
* EchoingAcoustics: They used this quite a lot, bringing their sound closer to the middle between DreamPop and {{shoegazing}}.
* EpicRocking: "Spanish Air", "Souvlaki Space Station", "Blue Skied an' Clear", "Trellisaze", "J's Heaven", "Rutti", "Crazy for You",
* IAmTheBand: ''Pygmalion'' is more of a Halstead solo album than a band effort.
* IndecipherableLyrics
* LampshadeHanging: The title of ''Holding Our Breath'' is a reference to the critical pasting the band were expecting (and received) after ''Loveless'' prompted certain critics to start a HypeBacklash. Their work has since been VindicatedByHistory.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Just like Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Lush}} and many other contemporaries.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: SBK Records did ''not'' treat them well.
* {{Shoegazing}}
* ShoutOut: ''Souvlaki'' was named after a Jerky Boys sketch where a main character claims that his wife will "suck your cock like souvlaki".
* SpiritualSuccessor: Mojave 3
* WordSaladLyrics: Par for the course for shoegaze.