The music genre “shoegaze” got its name from British critics mocking the musicians always looking down at their shoes while playing instead of the audience. In reality, the musicians had to focus on the numerous music effect pedals in their playlist.

Shoegazing

Shoegazing (or shoegaze, sometimes called “dream pop”) is a subgenre of indie and alternative rock that emerged in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It is characterized by its ethereal-sounding mixture of obscured vocals, guitar distortion and effects, feedback, and overwhelming volume. The term shoegazing was coined by the British music press to describe the stage presence of a wave of neo-psychedelic groups who stood still during live performances in a detached, introspective, non-confrontational state with their heads down. This was because the heavy use of effects pedals meant the performers were often looking down at the readouts on their pedals during concerts.

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7 thoughts on “The music genre “shoegaze” got its name from British critics mocking the musicians always looking down at their shoes while playing instead of the audience. In reality, the musicians had to focus on the numerous music effect pedals in their playlist.”

  1. Manfrenjensenjen

    Some of my favorite bands from back then,many of whom are still making great music today.

  2. beavis07

    It wasn’t just the pedals – the entire aesthetic of the genre was very much affected boredom and a disinterest in traditional “rock band” performances.

  3. prisonforkids

    Also called “The Scene That Celebrates Itself” by the music press.

  4. BeneathTheSassafras

    I really have to invest in a loop switcher with midi because the tap dancing shit is a pain in the ass. The pedals on my board cost 2.5 x more than my guitar

  5. JackieOmutherfucker

    taking drugs to make music to take drugs to

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