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Old 08-02-2006, 12:32 AM   #1
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My Bloody Valentine

I'm surprised there isn't a thread yet! Anyway, here's a guide for people getting into them:

Start by watching the videos (all available on YouTube)
You Made Me Realise- 1988
Feed Me With Your Kiss- 1988
Soon- 1990
To Here Knows When- 1991
Swallow- 1991
Only Shallow- 1991

Then buy the albums. There are only two: Loveless and Isn't Anything, so buy them together if at all possible. If you want to start off with just one album, keep in mind that Loveless is more alt-rock and ambient, while Isn't Anything is more punk-influenced. Next, buy the Glider EP, which features the single "Soon" and three equally great B-sides. If you can find it, the Tremolo EP, which features the single "To Here Knows When" is a worthwhile buy, but not an essential one. For further forays into the band's history, discography, and to get tabs, go here.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:46 AM   #2
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'Loveless' is one of my favourite albums of all time. I suppose its good the Kevin Shields quit when he did. He had practically no way to go but down, and that would've spoiled the mystique surrounding his crowning acheivement.


On the other hand, 'Isn't Anything' is astonishingly mediocre.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:31 AM   #3
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Loveless. Great album.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:43 PM   #4
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i got loveless a few weeks ago, its a pretty cool album, i havnt had a chance to listen to it all the way through yet though....
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Old 08-02-2006, 05:47 PM   #5
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Loveless is great all the way through. I sometimes wonder how he gets all those weird sounds to come out of his guitar.
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:19 PM   #6
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I've done a little research on that, and I have a pretty good idea of how he does: he manipulates the tremolo arm while he strums chords, which is only possible on Fender guitars with a floating trem system; he combines this playing technique with excessive playing volumes (to produce better sustain), open tunings, modulation effects (tremolo pedals), and reverb effects (specifically, reverse reverb). Pedals that he's used include: Digitech WH-1 Whammy, Marshall Shred Master, Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer, Boss PN-2 Tremolo/Pan, Digitech PDS-8000 Echo Plus Delay Sampler and Dunlop Rotovibe. Bilinda uses the GE-7 and the Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal. Hope this helps.

BTW, doesn't anyone like Isn't Anything? I think it's easily as good as Loveless, in a vastly different way.
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:30 PM   #7
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I don't think it's as good as Loveless, not many things are, but I think it's a fantastic record.

I am a huge, huge, huuuge fan of My Bloody Valentine and shoegazing bands in general. Such atmosphere among the drones, wails and soft breezy distortion. And Loveless embodies it.
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:39 PM   #8
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^ Shoegaze should have been much bigger than it was. But unfortunately, I've only ever heard two shoegaze tracks played on the radio: 'Only Shallow' and 'Sometimes.'
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I've never heard a shoegaze song on the radio. UK mainstream radio is garbage, and the channels that play anything decent are impossible to find.
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Old 08-02-2006, 07:04 PM   #10
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Really? And I thought that was only an American problem. But it was really quite bizarre hearing 'Only Shallow' on the radio, because it came on after Fall Out Boy and before Korn.
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Old 08-02-2006, 08:01 PM   #11
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Loveless is pretty much a perfect album.
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Old 08-03-2006, 08:08 PM   #12
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The promotional video for 'You Made Me Realise' (and the source of my username!)
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^ Shoegaze should have been much bigger than it was. But unfortunately, I've only ever heard two shoegaze tracks played on the radio: 'Only Shallow' and 'Sometimes.'


It's funny when metal guitarists talk about how shoegaze is bad because it's all effects.
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Old 08-05-2006, 07:25 AM   #14
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I have Loveless, Isn't Anything and a few of their EPs: you made me realize, glider and tremelo. Also, they had three albums - the first being a gothic post-punk mess called 'This is your bloody valentine' or something like that.
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Old 08-05-2006, 10:24 AM   #15
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its a cool album... the definitive shoegaze album i'd say. and kevin shields must have spent ages tryin to reproduce all that live.

Soon is the best song i think.
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I can't find any of their music other than Loveless in stores. But I love throwing as many effects as I can on and just playing. It is fun.
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Old 08-05-2006, 12:36 PM   #17
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Anyone know anything about 'Experimental Audio Research', Kevin Shields' collab with Peter Kember(of Spacemen 3)? I've always wanted to check them out, but I can't find any of their stuff.
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:43 PM   #18
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I just got Isn't Anything. I'm loving it.
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Old 08-23-2006, 12:59 AM   #19
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Loveless is the most amazing sounding album I have ever heard. I'm a fan. I was once bashed for liking them because their name sounds emo .
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Old 08-23-2006, 02:49 AM   #20
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Loveless is the most amazing sounding album I have ever heard. I'm a fan. I was once bashed for liking them because their name sounds emo .

Mistaken for "Bullet for my Valentine"?

(What a ripoff name, by the way)
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