A big day for record releases, with Spacemen 3’s final album Recurring belatedly hitting the racks alongside the likes of The KLF and 808 State. But, for our purposes it was the release date for two pivotal shoegaze EPs.
Ride released their Today Forever EP. Still on the crest of wave following the release of their debut album Nowhere just five months earlier, these four new tracks were all absolutely perfect, the shark’s mouth on the cover showing the bigger bite of ‘Unfamiliar’ and ‘Beneath’. There was beauty, too, in the wistful drone of ‘Sennen’ and the stunning almost-title track.
This was a band at the absolute peak of their powers. The EP would enter the Official UK Charts at number 14, becoming Creation’s biggest hit to date.
“There’s nothing here that’s a patch on the latest Ned’s Atomic Dustbin single,” sniffed the NME, while Melody Maker (and Sounds) put the band on the cover once again and said that it was their best EP to date, and one that “draws you into a dreamy half-world, buzzing with noise”.
The second big EP was Blindfold, the debut release by Curve. Even though it was released on Eurythmic Dave Stewart’s Anxious Records label, the four tracks on it were darker and scarier and a whole lot more gothic sounding than anything on Creation and ‘Ten Little Girls’ even featured a rap from JC-001. It was totally ahead of its time, presaging the Alan Moulder-mixed Mary Chain sound of Honey’s Dead and also Garbage’s entire career.