Sugar (My Bloody Valentine song)

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"Sugar"
A black label of a square 7-inch single. Main grey text reads "This Side My Bloody Valentine Sugar".
Single by My Bloody Valentine
B-side "December, with the Day" (Pacific)
Released February 1989 (1989-02)
Format 7"
Genre Alternative rock, shoegazing
Length 4:17
Label Creation
Writer(s) Kevin Shields
Producer(s) My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine singles chronology
"Instrumental"
(1988)
"Sugar"
(1989)
"Soon"
(1990)

"Sugar" is a song by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine. It was released as a non-album split single with Pacific, whose song "December, with the Day" is featured as the single's b-side. "Sugar"/"December, with the Day" was released in February 1989 on Creation Records and issued free with issue 67 of the British music magazine The Catalogue.[1]

Written by vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields, "Sugar" was recorded prior to the initial recording sessions for the band's second studio album Loveless (1991). Creation Records had requested My Bloody Valentine to record a track for The Catalogue and coincidentally "right at the same time, Bill Carey, a friend [of the band] who worked in a studio said that anytime [they] wanted to mess around in a studio, [they] could, so [they] went in and made ["Sugar"] up."[2]

Originally released as a square 7-inch flexi disc,[2] "Sugar" was later featured as the b-side on the 1992 French pressing of "Only Shallow".[3] A remastered version was released on the compilation album EP's 1988–1991 (2012). Critics have described the song as "a drowsily sweet, raggedly swaying number" and "structurally pitched somewhere in between the sonic excesses of Isn't Anything and experimental passages on Loveless".[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" single (Creation Records/The Catalogue, CAT067)
No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Sugar"   Kevin Shields My Bloody Valentine 4:17
2. "December, with the Day"   Denniss Pacific 5:36

Personnel[edit]

My Bloody Valentine
Technical personnel
  • My Bloody Valentine – production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sugar/December, with the Day" (Single notes). My Bloody Valentine/Pacific. Creation Records/The Catalogue. 1989. CAT067. 
  2. ^ a b Aston, Martin (1989). "Exclusive My Bloody Valentine Interview". The Catalogue (February 1989, #67). 
  3. ^ "Only Shallow" (Liner notes). My Bloody Valentine. Virgin Records. 1992. SA 3239. 
  4. ^ Harrison, Daniel (8 May 2012). "My Bloody Valentine – Isn't Anything / Loveless / EPs 1988–1991". State. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Gourlay, Dom (3 May 2012). "My Bloody Valentine – EPs & Rarities 1988–1991 / Releases". Drowned in Sound. Silentway. Retrieved 20 August 2013.