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Rowan Collinson Rowan Collinson | 11:58 UK time, Thursday, 10 November 2011

My Bloody Valentine


Throbbing, powerful and intense, My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’ was nothing short of a revelation when it was released 20 years ago this week.


Recorded in 19 studios over two years and costing a rumoured £250,000 - a staggering amount for a pre-Oasis Creation records to cough up - it still sounds as vital as ever two decades on.


Taking its cues from both the shoegazing movement and early 90s dance culture, ‘Loveless’ fused layers upon layers of buzzsaw guitar with an almost balearic rhythmic sensibility  and the woozy, melancholy vocals of Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher. Oh and it was loud. Man, it was SO loud.  Released at the end of a vintage year for alternative music, ‘Loveless’ many not have made the commercial impact of Nirvana’s Nevermind, but it was arguably the most sonically innovative record of 1991.


Two decades on and…well, we’re still waiting for a follow up. Shields my have ploughed his own musical furrow elsewhere, but the hyperbole around the band’s reunion performances in 2008 demonstrated what an indelible mark they’d left on alternative culture. For those us who weren’t old enough to see them the first time round, watching them in their full pomp at London’s Roundhouse or, in my case, at a rain soaked Bestival, was a stark reminder just what an impact they made.    


So, in honour of ‘Loveless’ reaching its 20th birthday, we’re dedicating the middle hour of Now Playing to My Bloody Valentine - and we want your help curating the playlist. We want your suggstions of


*Favourite MBV  tracks, rarities and remixes (Weatherall’s mix of ‘Soon’ anyone?)

*The music which influenced ‘Loveless’ from Robert Fripp and Brian Eno to Sonic Youth

*Other Kevin Shelds collaborations from Primal Scream to J.Mascis via Sofia Coppola and Placebo

*Creation bands from the same era - The Fannies, Ride or maybe The House of Love

*Contemporary acts who’ve taken their cues from MBV - perhaps The Horrors, Smashing Pumpkins or Mogwai?


As ever you can email us your suggestions, post your comments on the 6 Music Facebook page, tweet us or drag tracks to our collaborative Spotify playlist



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