An Introduction to Shoegazing: From Insult to Genre

Shoegaze is one of my absolute favorite genres, but I've not done research into it until recently. At least, not the kind of research I did for this post! Originally, the name was an insult, as critics felt the bands who embodied the genre were not very entertaining. It comes from their stage presence, where all the band members stand almost completely still and look down at their effects pedals while they focus and play. The artists associated with this genre embraced the name, and many other bands and variants of the style came to fruition.

This week is an introduction to that style, from traditional to modern Shoegaze, which is called Nu-gaze. I wrote a paper that delves into the history, the influences, the characteristics and the modern adaptations of Shoegaze, but you by no means need to read it. I'll be including it at the end If you are curious about any of those things however, so maybe give it a skim!

"An Introduction to Shoegazing: From Insult to Genre"

Spotify Version (recommended):

YouTube Version (Deep Sea by Snail Mail is bad quality):



Cocteau Twins - The Hollow Men

Ride - Like a Daydream - 2001 Remaster

Lush - Sweetness And Light

My Bloody Valentine - Soon

Swervedriver - Rave Down

Chapterhouse - Pearl - Edit

Moose - Screaming

Slowdive - Alison

Pale Saints - A Deep Sleep for Steven

Cranes - Jewel

Mazzy Star - Fade Into You

Pale Saints - Thread of Light


The Radio Dept. - Pulling Our Weight

Eerie Summer - Weird Around You

Good Morning - Warned You

Blond Tongues - Hey Good Lookin'

Soccer Mommy - Crystal Eyes

Bedroom - Nostalgic Feel

Mac DeMarco - Little Dogs March

Turnover - Cutting My Fingers Off

Now, Now - Giants

The Horrors - Point Of No Reply

Snail Mail - Deep Sea

The Moldy Peaches - Lazy Confessions


Good night everybody, I am exhausted from all the finals and hard work up at school. I need a break, to rest. I think this mix will get me started~

- "The Friday Mix is Best Heard in Your Ears." -

- Qira -

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