Instrumental (My Bloody Valentine song)

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A black 7-inch record in a plain white sleeve. Centred black text reads "Creation My Bloody Valentine Instrumental".
Single by My Bloody Valentine
B-side "Instrumental" ("Instrumental No 2")
Released November 1988 (1988-11)
Format 7"
Recorded 1988 (1988) at Foel Studio in Llanfair Caereinion, Wales
Genre Alternative rock, drum and bass
Length 3:22
Label Creation
Writer(s) Kevin Shields
Producer(s) My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine singles chronology
"Feed Me with Your Kiss"

"Instrumental" (also known as "Instrumental No 1") is a song by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine. It was released as limited edition free single with the first 5,000 LP copies of the band's debut studio album Isn't Anything, released on 21 November 1988 on Creation Records.[1]

The single's b-side, also titled "Instrumental" and known as "Instrumental No 2",[2] demonstrates My Bloody Valentine's first known experimentation with dance music.[3] "Instrumental No 2" features an uncredited sample of "Security of the First World", a song by Public Enemy from their 1988 studio album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.[4] Both "Instrumental No.1" and "Instrumental No.2" were remastered and reissued on the compilation album EP's 1988–1991 (2012).

"Instrumental No 1" and "Instrumental No 2" were composed by vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields,[5] with the latter being referred to as "a real acid-house track" by Shields and "an uncanny prophecy of [1990s] drum and bass jungle" by music critic Simon Reynolds.[6] Shields later incorporated elements of dance music on My Bloody Valentine's 1990 single "Soon", which was released on both Glider (1990) and Loveless (1991),[7] and elements of jungle music on their third studio album m b v (2013).

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Kevin Shields.[5]

UK 7" single (Creation Records, CREFRE 04)
  1. "Instrumental" ("Instrumental No 1") – 3:22
  2. "Instrumental" ("Instrumental No 2") – 4:45


All personnel credits adapted from Isn't Anything‍ '​s liner notes.[8]

My Bloody Valentine
Technical personnel
  • My Bloody Valentine – production
  • Dave Anderson – engineering
  • Steve Nunn – engineering
  • Alex Russell – engineering


  1. ^ "My Bloody Valentine – New Releases – Friday May 4th". Sony Music Ireland. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  2. ^ EP's 1988–1991 (Liner notes). My Bloody Valentine. Sony Music Entertainment. 2012. 88691941692. 
  3. ^ Maconie, Steve (1990). "The Artery of Noise". NME (IPC Media) (21 April 1990). 
  4. ^ Harrison, Daniel (8 May 2012). "My Bloody Valentine – Isn't Anything / Loveless / EPs 1988–1991". State. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Instrumental" (Single notes). My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1988. CREFRE 04. 
  6. ^ Reynolds, Simon (1995). "When You Wake You're Still in a Nightmare". Alternative Press (Alternative Press Magazine) (October 1995). 
  7. ^ McGonial, Mike (2007). Loveless. 33⅓. New York: Continuum. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-8264-1548-6. 
  8. ^ Isn't Anything (Booklet). My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1988. CRELP 04 CD.