1991: the year shoegaze broke

January 5
Ride were Melody Maker’s first cover stars of the year. Inside, as part of his preview of the year ahead, ...
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January 19
Ride hit the big time as they played at Wembley Arena as part of the Great British Music Weekend on ...
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January 21
Spacemen 3 released their classic single ‘Big City’, a 10-minute Kraftwerk meets The Electric Prunes mash-up which remains a timeless ...
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February 4
My Bloody Valentine released the Tremolo EP. Four (well, more, really) incredible tracks that, to 18-year-old me, seemed like they ...
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February 6
Slowdive kicked off their run of February live dates around the UK with a show at Surrey University in Guildford ...
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February 7
Courtesy of Chris Tomsett ...
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February 10
My Bloody Valentine had a hit when the Tremolo EP entered the UK singles chart at Number 29. (In case ...
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February 18
Slowdive released their second single ‘Morningrise’. In an interview with Melody Maker, the band said they chose it as the ...
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February 25
The Telescopes released ‘Celeste’, their third single for Creation Records, and one which bizarrely saw them accused of jumping on ...
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March 2
Ride and Slowdive headed out on their sold-out UK tour, which had actually kicked off the previous night with a ...
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March 4
A big day for record releases, with Spacemen 3’s final album Recurring belatedly hitting the racks alongside the likes of ...
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March 7
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March 10
Ride’s Today Forever EP entered the UK singles chart at a very respectable Number 14, with Curve’s debut EP Blindfold ...
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The Boo Radleys record their second session for John Peel. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on April 7 ...
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After having the highest new entry on the UK singles chart, Ride were on Top Of The Pops performing ‘Unfamiliar’ ...
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March 16
Ride made it onto the cover of both Melody Maker (alongside Curve, no less) and one of the final few ...
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March 18
Chapterhouse unleashed their classic single ‘Pearl’, which added John Bonham, Schoolly D and Rachel Goswell to one of the finest ...
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March 23
Chapterhouse and Moose both graced the cover of Melody Maker. OK, Ocean Colour Scene were also on there, but two ...
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March 25
Ride released their Today Forever EP as a VHS video, featuring videos for all four songs, which you can see ...
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April 2
The Boo Radleys released the Every Heaven EP, four tracks of dreamy psychedelia which came out on the Tuesday after ...
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Moose record their first Peel Session, and it’s possibly their finest hour. Raucous and powerful versions of ‘Suzanne’ and Roxy ...
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Slowdive’s one and only Peel Session was broadcast on BBC Radio 1. Recorded on March 26 at the BBC’s Maida ...
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April 29
Chapterhouse released their debut album, Whirlpool, to universal acclaim from the music press. NME gave it 8/10 saying that the ...
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May 4
Curve are on the cover of Melody Maker. Toni Halliday says it’s their “dream come true”. In the interview, Dean ...
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May 13
Curve released their second EP, Frozen, just eight weeks after their debut. It consisted of four more tracks, including the ...
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May 25
The word “shoe-gazers” appeared for the very first time in print in the May 25 issue of NME. It crept ...
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June 3
Slowdive released their third EP, Holding Our Breath, which included the classic ‘Catch The Breeze’ and their cover of Syd ...
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June 8
Steve Sutherland of Melody Maker coined the catch-all description The Scene That Celebrates Itself in a review of Moose’s well-attended ...
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June 22
With shoegaze recognised as a thing by NME, it became something to poke fun at, too. In their June 22 ...
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June 23
Slowdive set out on a short UK tour to promote their Holding Our Breath EP. Support was from Revolver. Reviewing ...
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June 24
Two incredible EPs were released: Moose’s second, Cool Breeze, featured lead track ‘Suzanne’ among other classics, and was raved about ...
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A recording of Revolver’s from their support slot with Slowdive at ULU in London on June 28, 1991. Moonshake were ...
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July 15
The Telescopes released ‘Flying’, their most full-on psychedelic moment to date. It came with classic artwork (courtesy of Designland and ...
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July 27
The Slough Festival took place in the town’s Upton Court Park. NME described it as “the bargain ticket of the ...
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July 29
Swervedriver released their third EP for Creation Records. It included four new songs, including the nominal title track, ‘Sandblasted’, which ...
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