Definitions

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  • n. Shoegazing, an introspective genre of alternative rock popular in the 1990s which made extensive use of guitar effects
  • v. To perform in the shoegazing style

Etymologies

shoe +‎ gaze (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Buzzing with the synaesthetic beauty of so-called shoegaze forebears, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (pictured above) create swirling anthems that function just fine as daydreams.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Anyway before you know it, there's something called shoegaze and a bunch of bands in the firing line because the music papers need something new to write about and so everyone moved on but it seems time has been rather kinder than expected to the shoegaze bands.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • Bryan Derballa A woman at a block party at Monster Island on Metropolitan Avenue and River Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Marketing It 's Hard to Be a Hipster Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, trucker hats worn ironically, affection for obscure musical genres like "shoegaze": These are the telltale signs of the species known as the hipster.

    Week in Ideas: Christopher Shea

  • The term "shoegaze," in this context, is more of an instruction than a description - one that applies as much to the audience as it does to the performer.

    The Santa Barbara Independent stories

  • I'm not sure where year zero would be … For my money The Velvet Underground were probably the first "shoegaze" band, so we we're probably way down the line somewhere.

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  • How did that effect you and the band at the time and looking back, do you feel that the whole derogatory element of such monikers eventually romanticised the "shoegaze" scene as a musical genre?

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • The label is associated with the whole "shoegaze" genre.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • Is there ever a worry that you'll be forever pigeonholed by the "shoegaze" connection?

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • No musician likes to be trapped in a genre - at the same time I always thought "shoegaze" was one of the more acceptable terms to be associated with simply because you're given a lot of musical freedom.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • If you had to pick one definite record or song that defined the genre "shoegaze" what would it be and why?

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

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