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    Shoegaze and Dreampop

    Anyone here listens to shoegaze or dreampop? Bands like Slowdive, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Lush and The Daysleepers. I think its one of the finest expression of germanic musical aesthetics this world has to offer.

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    Yes, I listen to it. Have been ever since 'Loveless' came out.
    Discovering that album felt like I had stumbled onto an exclusive club with limited membership.
    Thankfully the genre never became too mainstream popular, especially after 'Bittersweet Symphony' was such a huge hit.
    (I have heard numerous people using it as their ring tone! )
    Slowdive is my favorite but I never really liked Mojave 3, even though they had a few good songs.
    One thing that always angered me is that Shoegaze never became as popular as the vastly inferior Grunge.
    Many Grunge band members now live in mansions while most of the Shoegaze bands went back to having average jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronan View Post
    Yes, I listen to it. Have been ever since 'Loveless' came out.
    Discovering that album felt like I had stumbled onto an exclusive club with limited membership.
    Thankfully the genre never became too mainstream popular, especially after 'Bittersweet Symphony' was such a huge hit.
    (I have heard numerous people using it as their ring tone! )
    Slowdive is my favorite but I never really liked Mojave 3, even though they had a few good songs.
    One thing that always angered me is that Shoegaze never became as popular as the vastly inferior Grunge.
    Many Grunge band members now live in mansions while most of the Shoegaze bands went back to having average jobs.
    Thanks for the reply, Ronan. Slowdive is actually my favourite Shoegaze band as well. They have truly amazing songs with a very dreamy and romantic feeling. Songs like When the sun hits, Alison and Celia's dream are just utterly beautiful.

    I like Mojave 3 and Neil Halsteads solo albums as well though but thats a totally different type of music.

    Regarding Grunge I liked Nirvana a lot in my teens but never really appreciated the other bands involved in that scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronan View Post
    Yes, I listen to it. Have been ever since 'Loveless' came out.
    Discovering that album felt like I had stumbled onto an exclusive club with limited membership.
    Thankfully the genre never became too mainstream popular, especially after 'Bittersweet Symphony' was such a huge hit.
    (I have heard numerous people using it as their ring tone! )
    Slowdive is my favorite but I never really liked Mojave 3, even though they had a few good songs.
    One thing that always angered me is that Shoegaze never became as popular as the vastly inferior Grunge.
    Many Grunge band members now live in mansions while most of the Shoegaze bands went back to having average jobs.
    Yeah the early to mid nineties was a great time for music. MBV put on a fantastic show (definitely the loudest show I even when to). I saw them in NYC in 92 with Dinosaur Jr. that was an epic pairing.They did their famous bit when the stretch our You Made me Realize to 15 minutes of just straight droning noise.

    Would have loved to have seen the recent reunion show but couldn't swing a trip to England at the time.

    Here is a more contemporary band you guys might like.

    Serena Maneesh. They are a band from Norway and due a nice take on the shoegazer aesthetic. They are a little more harsher on the guitar sound but no more than early MBV.

    This album in particular is good.

    http://www.allmusic.com/album/serena-maneesh-r821738

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    I like Slowdive. Machine Gun is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

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    Aaah there was a band I liked aged ago in the early 90's. They seemed to combine shoe gaze with electro (a bit).

    It was a girl singer and their CD cover had all fluorescant jelly fish type things on it.

    Can't remember name of the band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NatRev View Post
    Aaah there was a band I liked aged ago in the early 90's. They seemed to combine shoe gaze with electro (a bit).

    It was a girl singer and their CD cover had all fluorescant jelly fish type things on it.

    Can't remember name of the band.

    Seefeel?

    Here is a link to the CD cover I think you might be remembering.
    http://allmusic.com/album/quique-r205590

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    I never liked it, expect for The Sundays (could they be termed 'shoegaze'?)
    Actually, Lush weren't bad I loved Cocteau Twins, however. And of course the great Stereolab.

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    No it's not Seefeel, thanks anyway.

    yeah I liked the Sundays but I went more into stuff like NIN / Ministry / Front 242 around about this time.
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    Yes, I've always been a fan of shoegaze, and I've seen a few of the bands, like Ride and Lush, live, too. I liked most of the bands already mentioned here like Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive because of their dreamy, ethereal sound.
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