The Ongoing History of Music, Episode 707: A History of Shoegazing

If you like your guitars fuzzy, buzzy, loud and scuzzy, you’re probably already into the world of shoegaze. Although its moment in the sun was short-lived (c.1989-1992), it’s never really gone away and seems to always be threatening some kind of comeback.

This week’s show looks at the history of this scene and sound from the early 80s right up until today. If you want to get started now, have a listen to this playlist.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

And if things go well, the show will soon be heard on a few other stations. If there’s a station in your city/town that should run the program, lemme know, okay?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

6 thoughts on “The Ongoing History of Music, Episode 707: A History of Shoegazing

  • January 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm
    Permalink says the next epis one is about London calling

  • January 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Alan, did you get any info from the Beautiful Noise doc source?

  • January 11, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Loved the show. Even just name-dropping Ulrich Schnauss and A Place to Bury Strangers.

  • January 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Listened to the show tonight. I didn’t even know there was a sub-genre called shoegazing. I like it, though. The Sliversun Pickups is one of my favourite alt rock bands and I think they would definitely be a modern example of a band that has been influence by this movement. It’s always interesting to learn about what my favourite bands are rooted in.
    Another hour of my life well spent listening to you show. Thanks, Alan.

  • March 13, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Is there any chance to have a text playlist of what was on the show? Also, referring to the Cocteau Twins, you should note they did seem to have an influence on Masumi Itō (at least to my ears) with the end theme to the animated series Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, called “My Dream Within a Dream”. Check it out on YouTube.

    Thanks for the show and once again giving me a quest for music to get.

    • March 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Thanks–and glad to help:
      Cocteau Twins – Lorelei
      Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
      My Bloody Valentine – Only Shallow
      Ride – Vapour Trail
      Curve – Coast is Clear
      Slowdive – Allison
      Lush – Sweetness and Light
      Chapterhouse – Pearl
      Hookworms – On Leaving


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