A Guide to the Top 3 Shoegaze Records of All Time

It’s intresting how trends, popularity, and overall band wagons go from decade to decade. Espicially in the realm of fashion and music, which makes up 80% of this blog. The past couple of years, the genre of Shoegaze has soared to new heights after being, for the most part, forgotton through the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

The late 80’s post punk era gave rise to groups such as Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine, and Loop who messed with psychadelic and reverb tones to the point of sending the listener into a sort of trance. Moving into the 90’s, Justin Pierce left Spacemen 3 to start Spiritualized. Loop pretty much faded out. My Bloody Valentine continued to hold the reign at the top, and still does to this day. From 1988 to 1995, English bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Pale Saints, The Jesus And The Mary Chain, Ride, Catherine Wheel, Chapterhouse, Curve, and a slew of others took the groundwork surrounded by reverb, drone, and beautiful tones and made their own signature sound.

The past few years has given way to countless bands from across the world ranging from Japan, South America, Europe, and right here in America. New genres arising from the classic shoegaze sound have also risen such as Dreampop, Nu-Gaze, and many others. There have been some that are cookie-cutter copies and some that have shown real promise, and continue to break through the barrier. These 3 records are classics, and will stand the test of time. I suggest checking them out even if it’s only curiousity that arises.

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4 Responses to A Guide to the Top 3 Shoegaze Records of All Time

  1. Excellent post. This is a lot of the music I listened to so many years ago. I really liked Jesus & Mary Chain and Ride. I would add the Cocteau Twins as a big influence on shoegaze as a genre. Listen to the second version of Wax and Wane on the playlist I put up on my blog. Alternatively, give Rococo a listen on the Aikea-Guinea 12″ if you can find it. It’s a wall of guitar sound. Glad to hear this music is making a resurgence. HTJ.

  2. drinkinanddronin says:

    Cocteau Twins is definitely one of the best, and Robin Guthrie’s solo stuff from recently is just as good. That version of Wax and Wane is one I don’t think i’ve heard yet. It’s really good, along with the rest of that playlist on HTJ, espicially Husker Du

    I’ll make sure to check out Rococo as well. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. martylane says:

    Thanks for the tips! (I get so many good ones here.) I still listen to Yo Lo Tengo’s “I can hear the Heart beating as One.” How can something as simple as “Little Honda” be so attractive?

  4. cake. says:

    yes! i agree with everyone! i would also add cocteau twins to that list because even though aikea-guinea is only 4 songs it is perfection. also loveless will be on constant repeat for ever and ever.

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