The first shoegaze record

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by gottenbold, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Johnny Action

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    Nice try. No cigar.
     
  2. OK, millennial
     
  3. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

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    To my ears Spacemen 3 established the template for shoegaze both in sound and in stage manner immediately after they stopped aping the Cramps, in about 1985. Psychocandy is a bit too fast but this is exactly right.

     
  4. Johnny Action

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    Oh. Ok. Nice move. You win this one.
     
  5. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Drum machines are not inherently evil.

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    Shoegaze, that super underground sub-sub-sub-genre that only 8 people know of.
     
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  6. John54

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    Since several '60s tracks have been mentioned as being in the shoegaze ballpark, I'd like to nominate one myself -

    Canned Heat, On the Road Again:

     
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  7. tedhead

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    This was the shoegaze soundtrack for me and my college friends back in the summer of 1991.

    We all collapsed on the floor and were swept up by this album. So many great memories...

    Not THE first, but MY first shoegaze record.
     
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  8. Fletch

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  9. Greenalishi

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    Guess i don't know what shoegaze is. I think people are just listing bands whose members wore shoes. No barefeet allowed.
     
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  10. lonelysea

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    Nice try, boomer.
     
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  11. lonelysea

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    The real answer is The Passions - I’m In Love With A German Film Star (1981)-

     
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  12. palisantrancho

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    I never thought of the Beach Boys as being anything close to shoegaze, but this does makes sense. It sounds like it could have come out in the early 90s in the era of shoegaze, but my vote is for Jesus and Mary Chain. Any of the early singles or songs from Psychocandy that are a bit slower. Also, Spacemen 3 is another good choice.
     
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  13. Jet Age Eric

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    "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Armenia City in the Sky" seem like good candidates for the first SONGS.

    I like Isn't Anything and entries from JAMC and Spaceman 3 as candidate for first LPs. I think the Cocteaus are dream pop but not shoegaze, but maybe that's splittibg hairs. :p -E
     
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  14. John54

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    I said "in the ballpark". Other '60s songs were suggested by other posters, and so I added a further example. I think the consensus is that "shoegaze" in earnest developed much later.

    Your minimalist reply is not a counter-argument and the use of "boomer" in this context is considered condescending, so why not do the world a favour and just don't bother?
     
  15. lonelysea

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    Aren’t there already enough Classic Rock threads for you to post in? Seriously.
     
  16. John54

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    That's not the point
     
  17. lonelysea

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    You aren’t in “the ballpark”, you’re not even within ten miles of the stadium. Boomer is a recent term describing those of a certain generation who feel compelled to inject their (unwanted) opinion into every discussion of modern culture. I think it’s appropriate.
     
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  18. John54

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    Speaking of unwanted opinions, there's another one!

    I'll admit to expressing opinions plenty often, along with millions of others.
     
  19. the pope ondine

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    wow great stuff.....thanks for this!
     
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  20. lonelysea

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    I meant no offense either. I’m a “boomer” myself. My issue is with the climate here, which involves the utter dismissal of any music that came out after 1971 or so. I assumed your post was just another example of that. Apologies - let’s just listen to the music!
     
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  21. Soopernaut

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    I wonder if any of these bands were influenced by Chrome, who were bigger in Europe than the US.

    "Future Ghosts"

    Their 1982 album, 3rd from the Sun, is all similar sounding to this.
     
  22. Spencer R

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    At the 5:40 mark of Starship Trooper, Yes invent shoegaze:

     
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  23. ElevateMeLater

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    Does anybody remember a zine interview from the '80s with I think Jesus and Mary Chain where they listed their top 10 shoegazing bands? I remember the list had The Beatles, The Velvet Underground and The Cure on it and reading their list was the first time I ever thought to consider those bands as shoegazing bands.
     
  24. Spencer R

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    Ride had a definite Cure influence in their bass lines.
     
  25. veloso2

    veloso2 Forum Resident

    that's the song and the album i had in mind with the ep's too!
     
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