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My Bloody Valentine

Named after a slasher flick, My Bloody Valentine aren't as heavy or violent as their name suggests. They're a uniquemixtureofdream pop, ambient,and layers of droning fuzzy guitars, and pioneers of shoegaze, a term coined by the BritishPress.It's nosurprise though, My Bloody Valentine embodythe term perfectly, sublime waves of grand guitar sound, timidboy/girlvocals,and basically ignoring the audience live. My Bloody Valentine formed in 1984, Dublin, Ireland, with childhood friends Kevin Shields and Colm O'Ciosoig. They spent the following years releasing EPS and a mini-album while sti ...read more

Named after a slasher flick, My Bloody Valentine aren't as heavy or violent as their name suggests. They're a uniquemixtureofdream pop, ambient,and layers of droning fuzzy guitars, and pioneers of shoegaze, a term coined by the BritishPress.It's nosurprise though, My Bloody Valentine embodythe term perfectly, sublime waves of grand guitar sound, timidboy/girlvocals,and basically ignoring the audience live. My Bloody Valentine formed in 1984, Dublin, Ireland, with childhood friends Kevin Shields and Colm O'Ciosoig. They spent the following years releasing EPS and a mini-album while still gathering themselves and constantly jumping labels. By 1987 their male vocalist Dave Conway left, and replaced with guitarist/vocalist Bilinda Butcher, a vital addition to their sound,which was changing to an airier pop, influenced by The Jesus & Mary Chain. In 1988 they finally released their first album,Isn'tAnything. The following years they gathered a following in both Britain and the US, but in 1989 they disappeared to go work on their follow-up. Rumours went around in the press that Shields was a perfectionist as time kept on passing without a sophomorealbum.Thedelay was a mixture ofindeed perfectionism and recording sessions never really taking off, as Kevin Shields notes,"Thereason it took so long was because we started out onthe wrong foot and never got back on the right one. Right upuntilthelast minute, we kept thinking we would be finished in a couple more months -two years of thinking we would befinished inacouple more months." Finally, in 1991, Loveless was released, as was an estimated $500 000studio billforCreationRecords, bankrupting the label. The album was released to critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase. Today, it'scitedas oneof thebest albums of the 90s, and as one that redefined what could be done in pop music. The band basically disappeared afterwards, with no activity from My Bloody Valentine. O'Ciosoig and Googe leftbetween1993and 1997. Shields hadreportedly created albums then shelved them, because of his fear of releasing anythinginferiortoLoveless under the Valentine name. He'sworked with Primal Scream and on songs from a movie in recentyears,butnothing else. The band hasn't officially broken up, Butcher and Shields stillmembers. Butcher, Shields andO'Ciosoigwererumoured to be recording new material between 2003 and 2004, but nothing has surfaced. A boxsetwasrumoured tobereleased between late '05/early '06, but nothing still. « hide

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LPs
m b v
02/02/2013

3.8
1,398 Votes
Loveless
1991

4.5
3,803 Votes
Isn't Anything
1988

3.9
1,266 Votes
EPs
Tremolo
1991

4.1
414 Votes
Glider
1990

3.9
343 Votes
Feed Me with Your Kiss
1988

3.8
186 Votes
You Made Me Realise
1988

4.3
561 Votes
Ecstasy
1987

3.6
112 Votes
Strawberry Wine
1987

3.4
53 Votes
Sunny Sundae Smile
1987

3.3
88 Votes
The New Record By My Bloody Valentine
1986

2.5
67 Votes
Geek!
1985

2.1
69 Votes
This Is Your Bloody Valentine
1985

2.4
117 Votes
Live Albums
The Peel Sessions
1988

4
13 Votes
Man You Love to Hate
1985

3.8
2 Votes
Compilations
EPs 1988-1991
05/04/2012

4.4
148 Votes
Ecstasy and Wine
1989

3.7
97 Votes

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