Sunday, May 7, 2023

VA - Still In A Dream, A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995 [2016] (5 x CDs)



VA - Still In A Dream, A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995 [2016] (5 x CDs)

Shoegaze was a term invented circa 1990 to describe a new breed on UK Indie guitar bands inspired by the likes of 4AD Records, My Bloody Valentine and US acts like Sonic Youth. Bands like Ride, Moose, Lush, Pale Saints and The Telescopes married dreamy, off-kilter melodies, skewed, heavily effects-laden guitar riffs and psychedelic production values. Although Shoegaze was initially a somewhat derogatory term to pigeonhole a clutch of new acts, the term quickly evolved to become an accepted genre of music which has influenced successive generations of bands, especially those outside of the UK. Housed in a lavish book set, STILL IN A DREAM pays tribute to that seminal period with numerous classics, cult favourites, rarities and tracks new to CD. Across five discs, the evolution of the sound labelled as Shoegaze is charted from the bands who inspired it on Disc 1 to many of the US and other non-UK acts on Disc 5. Awash with rare memorabilia, 12,000 words of sleeve-notes from journalist Neil Taylor and band biographies, STILL IN A DREAM is the ultimate tribute to what was also called 'The Scene That Celebrated Itself'!

I've been a huge fan of shoegaze since someone loaned me the first Slowdive EP in 1991. Even though the "scene" isn't what it was in 1990-95, there still are bands out there making the music with varying degrees of success. What I like about this comp is that it covers a really broad spectrum of influential bands (Cocteau Twins, Jesus and Mary Chain), typical shoegaze artists (Slowdive, Lush), and a ton of bands I'd never even heard of. Yet I listened to every single track on the comp without skipping any, which is pretty unusual for me. Instead of choosing "Pearl" by Chapterhouse or the top hit single by each band, you can tell whoever put this comp together knew the music and did a great job selecting tracks... Tons of good material here to listen to, and you'll definitely find some great new bands you haven't heard before. (Amazon)



Track lists


  01. Roller Coaster - the Jesus and Mary Chain

  02. Cherry-Coloured Funk - Cocteau Twins

  03. Christine - House of Love

  04. Baby Milk Snatcher - A.R. Kane

  05. Mercy Seat (12" Version) - Ultra Vivid Scene

  06. Hypnotized - Spacemen 3

  07. Arc-Lite (Sonar) - Loop

  08. Surfacer - 14 Iced Bears

  09. Tugboat - Galaxie 500

  10. Puppet Clouds - the Prayers

  11. The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule - Kitchens of Distinction

  12. Girls Have Gone Missing - A.C. Marias

  13. Precious Little - the Telescopes

  14. Sight of You - Pale Saints

  15. Ocean Run Dry - Jane from Occupied Europe

  16. Angel - Sonic Boom


  01. Drive Blind - Ride

  02. De-Luxe - Lush

  03. Slip So Slow - See See Rider

  04. Crystal Eyes - Nightblooms

  05. Waiting for the Angels - the Darkside

  06. I Don't Care If You Go - Velocity Girl

  07. Inescapable - Cranes

  08. Falling Down - Chapterhouse

  09. Switchblade Smile - Whipping Boy

  10. Kaleidoscope - the Boo Radleys

  11. Rave Down - Swervedriver

  12. Slowdive - Slowdive

  13. Liar -The Charlottes

  14. Sugarblast - Dr.- Dr. Phibes & the House of Wax Equations

  15. Decadence - Bleach

  16. She's My Friend (Wilde Club Version) - Catherine Wheel

  17. Somersault Sunrise - Blow Up

  18. All Different Things - Bark Psychosis


  01. Ten Little GRLS - Curve

  02. Godlike - the Dylans

  03. Gorgeous Blue Flower in My Garden - TH' Faith Healers

  04. February Fourteenth - the Lilys

  05. Good Afternoon -The Honey Smugglers

  06. Chlorine Dream -Spirea X

  07. Gravity - Moonshake

  08. Translucent - Spitfire

  09. Suzanne - Moose

  10. Run - Spiritualized

  11. Heaven Sent An Angel - Revolver

  12. June Wilson - Lowlife

  13. Square Wave - the Ecstasy of Saint Theresa

  14. By Tomorrow - Black Tambourine

  15. Explosion - Whipped Cream

  16. My Deranged Heart - Smashing Orange

  17. Gong - the Hinnies

  18. Greek Love (Original 12") -Bang Bang Machine


  01. Closer - the Sunflowers

  02. Mirrored - Drop

  03. In Hollow (LP Version) - the Belltower

  04. Phonefreak Honey - Sweet Jesus

  05. Sunshine Smile - Adorable

  06. I Don't Mind - Sun Dial

  07. Sugar Your Mind - Swallow

  08. Winona - Drop Nineteens

  09. Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues - Flaming Lips

  10. Aruca - Medicine

  11. Charming Sister Kiss Me Dead - Coaltar of the Deepers

  12. Starhappy - the Honey Buzzards

  13. Babysbreath - Lovesliescrushing

  14. No.1 Fan - Majesty Crush

  15. The Car By the Side of the Road - the Swirlies

  16. Chemical Tester - Submarine

  17. Shine - Bailterspace

  18. True Love Will Find You in the End - Spectrum

  19. Spooky Vibes - Blind Mr. Jones


  01. Memory - An April March

  02. Soaring High - Flying Saucer Attack

  03. Alive - Drugstore

  04. Loveblind - Secret Shine

  05. Bronx Cheer - Mercury Rev

  06. Chelsea - the Curtain Society

  07. Plainsong - Seefeel

  08. Surround Sound - Spindrift

  09. Miss Leader - Rollerskate Skinny

  10. Die Easy - Bardo Pond

  11. Dozen - Alison's Halo

  12. The Last Unicorn - Swirl

  13. Next to Nothing - Bowery Electric

  14. Me Voy - Bethany Curve

  15. Orange Creamsicle - Astrobrite

  16. 23 Minutes in Brussels - Luna




  1. You knew exactly what I needed this Sunday. Thanks!

  2. Hi Captain
    Thought transference does work... Enjoy!

  3. Hi Butterboy, first time on your blog, cannot find link, for this great compilation, can you help please ?

    1. Hi dima,
      To activate the link just click on the picture above the track list and after the write up.
      I checked and the link is active.
      Good luck.

    2. Perfect, I suceed, Thanks a lot