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Long-term school-friends Neil Halstead & Rachel Goswell formed Slowdive in October 1989, the name, Slowdive, coming from a dream Neil Halsteadonce had. According to an interview in Alternative Press, he dreamt of two words, Slowdive and Slowburn. At first they were a highly derivative My Bloody Valentine/Sonic Youth clone, but even their first demo reveals a better understanding of controlled noise than most of their contemporaries. Intheir defence the 'demo' was really just them recording for fun, and it wasn't until early in 1990 that the band became Slowdive proper with their ownideas. ...read more

Long-term school-friends Neil Halstead & Rachel Goswell formed Slowdive in October 1989, the name, Slowdive, coming from a dream Neil Halsteadonce had. According to an interview in Alternative Press, he dreamt of two words, Slowdive and Slowburn. At first they were a highly derivative My Bloody Valentine/Sonic Youth clone, but even their first demo reveals a better understanding of controlled noise than most of their contemporaries. Intheir defence the 'demo' was really just them recording for fun, and it wasn't until early in 1990 that the band became Slowdive proper with their ownideas.

The major change was the addition of third guitarist, Christian Savill, previously of local act Eternal. "We advertised for a female guitarist, but onlyChristian replied. He writes a sweet letter though, he said he'd wear a dress if neccesary". The songs on the second demo show a leap forward, whilepreviously they headed towards a climax of noise, 'Avalyn' was a gentle steady flow of nearly white noise. It's this demo, passed on by anotherReading act, Swervedriver, that brought Slowdive onto Creation records and became the first single, as attempts to recreate the atmosphere in amore expensive studio failed.

Problamaticaly between recording the demo and signing to Creation their drummer left for University, and they were forced to draft in a replacement.He didn't share the same aims and tastes as the group, and they didn't really get on with him, making time on the road a little uncomfortable. Moreimportantly "He had a shaggy perm, he looked like Jon Bon Jovi" so he was replaced by the bowl-cutted Simon Scott, of the sadly deceasedCharlottes. Simon later left Slowdive on good terms in February-March 1994 to continue his career in jazzy circles and was replaced by "theimmensely handsome and talented" Ian MacCutcheon before they went on their 1994 north american tour, which they paid for themselves since SBKRecords, their U.S. distributor, who had promised them an extensive tour, went out of business.

My Bloody Valentine have been directly relevant to their use of guitar sound. The Cocteau Twins and The Byrds were big influences too. They worryabout the build them up/knock them down syndrome, complaining that the British press expect revelations with the first record, while bands like theCocteau's & MBV have taken years to achieve the respect they have. The problem has probably been caused by the string of excellent debuts by PaleSaints, Ride, Bleach and Slowdive themselves creating an expectation that the best music will come from previously unknown bands. Slowdive havebeen perhaps particularly lucky with Melody Maker giving them single of the week for all their releases during 1991, and a reviewer at NME givingthem the same accolade as he felt the review printed the previous week was unfair.

Slowdive was the first band featured by Creation on IRC on february 2nd 1995. In one of Slowdive's newsletters, they wrote about a planned cover ofGalaxie 500's "Fourth of July" for a tribute album, that was going to be released by Elefant Records in Spain. To my knowledge, the album wasunfortunately never released, and probably never will be, at least not including Slowdive, beacuse the band was dropped by Creation shortly after therelease of Pygmalion, April 1995.

This affected the release of Pygmalion in the U.S. and the band started to look for a new label. Rumors said that Rachel and Neil sent a demo to 4AD,which got a positive reaction from the label. And that happened to be the truth. Rachel, Ian and Neil formed the band Mojave 3 and were signed to4AD in the summer of 1995 (for that story, please check the Mojave 3 Discography). Rachel Goswell said: "After that ("Pygmalion"), Slowdive didn'tso much split as take a shift in direction, one that a couple of the other members weren't comfortable with. It didn't seem right to carry on with thesame name, we needed to get a fresh start and all the pieces fell into place for us to get one..

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LPs
Pygmalion
1995

3.9
214 Votes
Souvlaki
1993

4.2
693 Votes
Just for a Day
1991

3.9
232 Votes
EPs
5 EP
1993

3.6
16 Votes
Outside Your Room
1993

4.1
26 Votes
Holding Our Breath
1991

3.8
24 Votes
Morningrise
1991

4.1
32 Votes
Slowdive
1990

4.1
68 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Oslo
1993

3.9
5 Votes
Compilations
Catch the Breeze
2004

4.5
8 Votes
Blue Day
1992

4.2
9 Votes

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