Still in A Dream

Still in A Dream

1988-1995 : A Story of Shoegaze

Music CD - 2016
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Publisher: [United Kingdom] : Cherry Red Records, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: CD Popular STILL
Characteristics: 5 audio discs : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Story of shoegaze


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Aug 17, 2017

Do you like shoegaze? I mean, really like shoegaze? Then this boxset has your number. It's a 5-disc, 88-song (!) compilation, spanning 1988-1995 and featuring some of the heavyweights of the scene (Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve), some obscurities (Coaltar of the Deepers anyone?), and some bands that are more shoegaze adjacent (Flaming Lips, Luna). The gaping omission, of course, is My Bloody Valentine. I still can't find who actually coined shoegaze, but it was initially applied, somewhat derisively, to mostly British bands that played really loud, wore baggy pants, and hardly looked at the audience. The best found the sweet spot between punishing noise and ethereal melodies. There's a lot of good stuff on here, but there also way too much stuff and a more carefully curated collection would've been better. Also check out the documentaries "Beautiful Noise" and "Upside Down: The Creation Records Story." Turn it up to 11.


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