My Bloody Valentine, an alternative rock band from Dublin, Ireland, have recorded songs for three studio albums and a number of extended plays, singles and compilation releases. Formed in 1983 by Kevin Shields, Colm Ó Cíosóig and David Conway, the band had a series of unsuccessful releases throughout the mid-1980s on various independent record labels. In 1987, after the addition of bassist Debbie Googe and vocalist-guitarist Bilinda Butcher, My Bloody Valentine released " Strawberry Wine", , and the 1988 EP Ecstasy , which were predecessors to the band's debut album You Made Me Realise (1988). Considered an independent success, the band released two further EPs before Isn't Anything (1991), their second studio album; which is considered their Loveless and which received unanimous critical acclaim since its release. Both albums pioneered an alternative rock subgenre known as magnum opus shoegazing, a term coined by journalists to describe certain bands' "motionless performing style, where they stood on stage and stared at the floor". My Bloody Valentine disbanded in 1997 after failing to utilise a third album although Kevin Shields was rumoured to have sent 60 hours worth of material to Sounds Island Records, with whom the band signed after being dropped by [5 ] Creation Records in 1991. My Bloody Valentine reunited in 2007 and began completing their third album. The album, , was self-released in 2013 and received "universal acclaim", according to m b v Metacritic. [6 ]
The band were unsuccessful during their early career, with reviews of their initial releases being unanimously negative.
My Bloody Valentine first experienced chart success with their EP [7 ] (1986), which entered the The New Record by My Bloody Valentine UK Independent Singles Chart at number 22. Their successive releases, 1987's " Sunny Sundae Smile", "Strawberry Wine" and Ecstasy all placed in the independent charts, along with " Feed Me with Your Kiss", " Soon", " To Here Knows When" and Isn't Anything, which peaked at number 1 upon its release. Loveless is the most commercially successful of the band's releases—it peaked at number 24 in the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 290,000 copies in the United States, according to [9 ] Nielsen Soundscan. [10 ]
Among some of My Bloody Valentine's best known songs are "
Only Shallow", a song which includes notable use of Kevin Shields' "glide guitar" technique; "Sometimes", which was featured on the soundtrack to the 2003 film [11 ] ; Lost in Translation "Soon", a duet which incorporates elements of [12 ] dance music; and "You Made Me Realise", which during live performances features an interlude of noise and excessive feedback known as "the holocaust", which has often lasted for half an hour and reached 130 db. [14 ]
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Kevin Shields (pictured in 1989)
is the primary songwriter for My Bloody Valentine and solely composed all songs on
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One of the band's final releases before their disbandment was a cover version of "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W" by
vocalist and guitarist Colin Newman pictured in 2008
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^ Stubbs, David (1989). "Sweetheart Attack: My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything is The Eighties Rock Album". ( Uncut IPC Media) (February 1999).
^ "M B V Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More". . Metacritic CBS Interactive . Retrieved . 20 August 2013
^ Stud, Ben; Stud, Dom (1991). "My Bloody Valentine – The Class of '91". ( Melody Maker IPC Media) (2 November 1991).
^ "My Bloody Valentine | Artist". . Official Charts Company British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved . 20 August 2013
^ Lipshutz, Jason (7 November 2012). "My Bloody Valentine's Loveless Follow-Up Coming This Year". . Billboard Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved . 20 August 2013
^ DiPerna, Alan (1992). "Bloody Guy". ( Guitar World Harris Publications) (March 1992): 26.
^ "Lost in Translation – Original Soundtrack: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". . Allmusic Rovi Corporation . Retrieved . 20 August 2013
^ Ewing, Tom (23 June 2008). "Articles: My Bloody Valentine | Features". Pitchfork Media . Retrieved . 20 August 2013
^ Harrison, Daniel (8 May 2012). "My Bloody Valentine – Isn't Anything / Loveless / EPs 1988–1991". State . Retrieved . 22 August 2013
^ a b c d (Liner notes). Man You Love to Hate – Live My Bloody Valentine. Schuldige Scheitel. 1985. SCH 102.
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l (Booklet). Isn't Anything My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1988. CRELP 040 CD.
^ a b c (Liner notes). EP's 1988–1991 My Bloody Valentine. Sony Music Entertainment. 2012. 88691941692.
^ a b c d e f g h i (Liner notes). Loveless My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1991. CRE CD 060.
^ a b c d (Album notes). The New Record by My Bloody Valentine My Bloody Valentine. Kaleidoscope Sound. 1986. KS 101.
^ a b c " Strawberry Wine" (Liner notes). My Bloody Valentine. Lazy Records. 1987. LAZY 07T.
^ a b c d e (Liner notes). You Made Me Realise My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1988. CRE 055T.
^ a b c d e f g (Album notes). Ecstasy My Bloody Valentine. Lazy Records. 1987. LAZY 08.
^ a b c d (Album notes). Glider My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1990. CRE 073T.
^ a b c d e f g (Liner notes). This is Your Bloody Valentine My Bloody Valentine. Tycoon Records. 1985. ST 7501.
^ a b c " Feed Me with Your Kiss" (Single notes). My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1988. CRE 061T.
^ a b c d (Album notes). Tremolo My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1991. CRE 085T.
^ a b c d e f g h i (Booklet). m b v My Bloody Valentine. mbv Records. 2013. mbv LP 01.
^ a b Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip (Booklet). Various artists. Alternation Records. 1996. IRS 993.519.
^ "My Bloody Valentine – New Releases – Friday 4th May". Sony Music Ireland. 27 April 2012 . Retrieved . 25 August 2013
^ a b " Instrumental" (Single notes). My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1988. CREFRE 4.
^ Lost Tracks and Rare Cuts (Liner notes). My Bloody Valentine. Alti Philosophi. 2010.
^ Leslie-Hynan, Chris (23 March 2004). "2×CD My Bloody Valentine Compilation Due Next Month". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2 April 2004 . Retrieved . 22 August 2013
^ a b c d " Sunny Sundae Smile" (Single notes). My Bloody Valentine. Lazy Records. 1987. LAZY 04T.
^ a b c (Album notes). Geek! My Bloody Valentine. Fever Records. 1985. FEV 005.
^ Whore: Various Artists Play Wire (Booklet). Various artists. WMO. 1993. WMO 2CD.
^ " No Place to Go" (Liner notes). My Bloody Valentine. Fever Records. 1985. FEV 005X.
^ "Glider E.P. Remixes" (Album notes). My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1990. CRE 073X.
^ Brown, Nick (1991). "My Bloody Valentine". Spiral Scatch (February 1991).
^ " Sugar"/"December, with the Day" (Single notes). My Bloody Valentine/Pacific. Creation Records/ The Catalogue. 1989. CAT067.
^ (Booklet). Various artists. Peace Together Island Records. 1993. 518 063-2.
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