You Made Me Realise

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You Made Me Realise
A black and white image of a woman laying on grass. To the left side of her face, she holds a bunch of flowers and to the right side of her face, she holds a knife. The text on the top right corner of the image reads "My Bloody Valentine".
EP by
Released8 August 1988 (1988-08-08)
RecordedJanuary 1988
ProducerMy Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine chronology
You Made Me Realise
Feed Me with Your Kiss

You Made Me Realise is the third extended play by alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine, released on 8 August 1988 through Creation Records. It was their first record for Creation.


Both the single and EP versions were released on 8 August 1988. The single version was limited to 1,000 copies. The Mercury Records version of the EP was released in November 1988 and added the tracks from its successor EP, Feed Me with Your Kiss.

The promotional video was directed by ex-Jesus and Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

The You Made Me Realise EP has been very well-received critically.

Spin magazine called the record "astonishing".[2] AllMusic wrote that the EP "made critics stand up and take notice of the brilliant things My Bloody Valentine were up to; it developed some of the stunning guitar sounds that would become the band's trademark, and features tracks which are just as innovative."[1]

In 2005, Stylus Magazine ranked the title song's bassline at number 24 in their list of the "Top 50 Basslines of All Time".[3]

Users of the website Rate Your Music rate it as the second greatest EP of all time.[4]

Live performances[edit]

During live performances the band would repeat a single chord from the song for as long as they felt bearable, the song descending into cacophony.[5] This is sometimes referred to as the "holocaust section", and usually lasted about 15 minutes, although there are reports of shows where it went on for well over half an hour.[5][6][7] For the 2008–09 reunion shows, "You Made Me Realise" brought each show to an ear-splitting conclusion, reaching up to 130 dB.[7][8][9]

From the 2014 documentary Beautiful Noise, Billy Corgan, on the long holocaust section played live, said:

It's one of those things where, it was full volume
and for the first three minutes it's like "oh okay this is kind of cool".
Then you're like "This is really too much. I wish they'd fucking stop".
And then at about 7 minutes it actually became kind of funny.
And about 10 minutes in you start actually getting into it.

and Colm Ó Cíosóig interpreted audience reaction as:

We hate you. But we have to keep on watching you. Because we can't believe what you're doing, that you're bringing this torture upon us!

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kevin Shields, except where noted.

1."You Made Me Realise"3:46
EP, Creation version
1."You Made Me Realise"3:46
4."Cigarette in Your Bed"3:29
5."Drive It All Over Me" (Shields/Bilinda Butcher/Colm Ó Cíosóig)3:04
EP, Mercury version
1."You Made Me Realise"3:45
3."Cigarette in Your Bed"3:29
4."Feed Me with Your Kiss"3:56
5."Emptiness Inside"2:50
6."I Need No Trust"3:32


All personnel credits adapted from the EP's liner notes.[10]

My Bloody Valentine

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
UK Indie Chart[11] 2


Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
2005 Q United Kingdom 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks[12] 35
2007 NME 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever[13] 50


  1. ^ a b Abebe, Nitsuh. "You Made Me Realise [Creation] – My Bloody Valentine | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Simon (August 2008). "'It's the Opposite of Rock 'n' Roll'". Spin: 97. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  3. ^ Stylus Magazine’s Top 50 Basslines Of All Time - Article - Stylus Magazine
  4. ^ Top EPs of All-Time. Rate Your Music. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Lukowski, Andrzej (2009). "Shoegaze Week: thoughts on My Bloody Valentine's Holocaust", Drowned in Sound, 21 April 2009, retrieved 2010-05-31.
  6. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (2008). "Daydream Believers", The Guardian, 18 May 2008, retrieved 2010-05-30.
  7. ^ a b Ewing, Tom (2008). "My Bloody Valentine: The Roundhouse, London; 20 June 2008", Pitchfork Media, 23 June 2008, retrieved 2010-05-30.
  8. ^ Moore, John (2008). "Moore confessions: My Bloody Ears", The Guardian, 24 June 2008, retrieved 2010-05-30.
  9. ^ Mulvey, John (2008). "My Bloody Valentine - London Roundhouse, June 21, 2008", Uncut, 23 June 2008, retrieved 2010-05-30.
  10. ^ You Made Me Realise (Media notes). My Bloody Valentine. Creation Records. 1988. CRE 055T. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  11. ^ Lazell, Barry (2004). Indie Hits: 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.
  12. ^ "100 Greatest Guitar Tracks – Ever!". Q. 224 (March 2005). |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  13. ^ "The Greatest Indie Anthems Ever – countdown continues | News". NME. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 10 August 1988. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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