June 22

With shoegaze recognised as a thing by NME, it became something to poke fun at, too.

In their June 22 issue, NME published a Secret Diary of Adrian Mole-style skit, which pre-empted the Memoirs of a Shoegazing Gentleman spoof, written by David Quantick, which would appear in the magazine later in the year.

It did include some funny lines, though, especially: “to outsiders, this might seem like the Thames Valley, but to us, it’s, well, five pairs of shoes”.