Thousand Yard Stare – Mappamundi

Mappamundi is unlike the debut and anything else that they did before. It became the quirky Slough Student shoegazers parting shot. They would of undoubtedly carried on if the album had been a success, and if the album wasn’t so poorly received they would not of been dropped by Polydor.

Despite having a huge live following, they had become complacent after early success. Mappamundi lacks the freshness and spontaneity of early work. The content is a psychedelic journey rather than dealing with everyday quirks, Their quirkiness was epitomised by the classic 0-0 A.E.T. (No Score After Extra Time). It was definitely a new direction for Thousand Yard Stare and I think that was very brave. Just think if My Bloody Valentine never experimented with reverse reverb and soundscapes, they would be just a second rate Marychain clone.

Thousand Yard Stare : Mappamundi

Version Of Me
God’s P45
Tragedy No. 6
Debutante
One And All
Sooner
Halfsize
Small Change
Monsieur Bour And His Goat
Naturesway (Earthwatching)
What’s Your Level ?
Downtown Mystic

The Dylans – Spirit Finger

The Dylans were named after the rabbit in the Magic Roundabout, not Mr Zimmerman. I have only recently discovered this fact, for years I thought the name was a tribute to dear Bob. After their eponymous debut album they looked for a different direction for their new album. Gone is the hallmark wah and organ (it is there but in the background).

The whole psychedelic sixties feeling has been stripped away. This is not to say that it is a bad album, I think that another album like the first would have been too much. They would of been branded a sort of novelty band. Spirit Finger didn’t fare too well. Subsequently they were dropped by Beggars Banquet Records.

The Dylans : Spirit Finger

Grudge
Children Of The Flame
Kill Rave
Just One Big Plastic Hassle
Hell No
Smarter Than You
I’ll Be Back To Haunt You
Wise Bird
Live In The Now
How Little You Know
Get It Together
Two Tomorrows

Stella Diana – Nitocris

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Italian shoegaze outfit that transports the listener to dark drone new wave 80s.  But it is not all about moping around in your long coat, there are glorious psychedelic guitar sweeps.  They wear their influences on their sleeve with a song titled Psychedelic Furs.

The album is named after an ancient Egyptian queen and the last Pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty, Nitocris. Apparently very beautiful. The album artwork defines the album’s title – an abandoned woman, who is beautiful, but sad and suffering. Ethereal and elusive, without a face.

“It’s likely that “she” did not exist in native Egyptian inscriptions,” comments Stella Diana frontman Dario Torre. “This ‘not existing’ thing is very interesting and fascinating. Often you do something, you live, you breathe, you work hardly, you love. Nevertheless, for the people you don’t exist.”

Trembling Blue Stars – Bathed In Blue

Bathed In Blue is the second single/EP from the Trembling Blue Stars fifth album, The Seven Autumn Flowers. Clocking in at over half an hour long it is more of a mini album. It opens with the first version of The Sea Is So Quiet, the title is misleading. I was expecting a sombre ballad of melancholy, but instead it is a jangly upbeat song. This is one of the few times that the Trembling Blue Stars have done this. The other version of The Sea Is So Quiet is a longer version, the vocals do not kick in till halfway through. It starts off very slowly, building up atmosphere. Not as jangly as other version. The Silence And Games  is sung by Annemari Davies sounding like Strawberry Switchblade without the tinny background melody. Bobby Wratton’s love for the Cure can clearly be seen if the fourth track, darkly goth vocals and a little bit of electronica in the background. The Cure theme is carried on in the rest of the EP. In Branches there is a harpsichord or a very tinny piano, the only other song that I can think of with a harpsichord is, The Field Mice, This is not Here. If you were expecting something similar you would be disappointed, the harpsichord sounds like it is being played in a horror film score.

Trembling Blue Stars : Bathed in Blue

The Sea Is So Quiet
Through The Silence And Games
The Sea Is So Quiet (Long Version)
Wounded Light
Branches
This Is Bliss

 

Slipstream

Such is my love for Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, I brought everything they ever released. Then everything that the band members released. That is why The Darkside feature so highly here. Slipstream is another off shoot from Spacemen 3 in the form of Mark Refoy and Jon Mattock. They had been quiet since 1994 and came back with Mantra in 2008. This was with a stripped down version of the band (a duo really) and a drum machine.

Now you would think that a band with members of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized would be a spacey sonic guitar fest, but this is sadly untrue.  I got this CD on the strength of the members previous bands, not actually hearing the album.  It is very unmemorable even with a cover of Kraftwerk’s Computer Love.  Released in 1995 it would be the first wave of indie landfill to hit the airwaves.

Slipstream : Slipstream

Harmony
Riverside
Pulsebeat
One Step Ahead
Sensurround
Computer Love
Sweet Mercy
Feel Good Again
Sundown
She Passes By
Feel Good Again
Drone In ‘A’

Throwing Muses – Hunkpapa

We are not afraid of controversy here at ‘I was a Teenage Shoegazer’.  So once again I am going to stick my neck out and stick up for a universally panned album.  I was lent this album at school.  A friend borrowed my Charlatans tape, and I asked if he had any good indie albums?  He said that his sister had a Throwing Muses album, so I asked if he could do me a copy.

This is often seen as a glitch in the Muses’ catalogue .  The production has allegedly stifled and muted the songs.  Is this another example of 4AD interfering with the production, like they did in Lush’s Spooky.  But probably 4AD were only the UK distribution, and it was Sire that were at the forefront of production.

There are some classic Muses’ songs here Devil’s Head, Dizzy and  Fall Down. These songs are very different to each other.

Many have made known there disapproval of the use of horns in Hunkpapa.  I have listened to the album extensively and the horns are not jumping out at me.  There is a slight brass section in Take, but that is in keeping with everything going on in the song.

Throwing Muses : Hunkpapa

Devil’s Roof
Bea
Dizzy
No Parachutes
Dragonhead
Say Goodbye
Fall Down
I’m Alive
Angel
Mania
The Burrow
Take

Senseless Things – Homophobic Asshole

Senseless Things are probably the only band ever to play at Southampton’s Eastpoint Centre,  this is were I saw them on the Everybody’s Gone tour in June 1991.  Homophobic Asshole is the second single from 1993’s Empire Of The Senseless.  It received promising reviews but was released reluctantly by their record company due to the band’s choice of title.   It failed to chart because of this, their last two singles Hold it Down and Easy to Smile made it into the top 20.  I had always thought that this was an early single as it sounds full of punk rage.

This is the digipak single which is the the only one which contains Homophobic Asshole (No F**ks Radio Edit)

R-1210486-1205435392.jpegSenseless Things : Homophobic Asshole

Homophobic Asshole
Body Bag
Just Flirting
Homophobic Asshole (No F**ks Radio Edit)