Best Song on "mbv"

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Poll Results

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2 Only Tomorrow 6:21 17
9 Wonder 2 5:51 16
7 In Another Way 5:30 15
8 Nothing Is 3:34 12
1 She Found Now 5:06 8
6 New You 4:58 8
3 Who Sees You 6:12 3
5 If I Am 3:54 2
4 Is This and Yes 5:06 0


nostormo, Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

IAW.

(and SFN slowly made himself the 2nd best)

nostormo, Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

'Wonder 2'.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

I repped for the last third of the record so unsurprisingly I am going with "In Another Way."

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

whole thing is great but "wonder 2" is in another class. feels weird to even think of it as pop music

k3vin k., Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

In Another Way OR Wonder 2, really difficult call. IAW was my favourite from the start but W2 is astounding. Both stand slightly above the rest, although the rest is uniformly excellent and very much 'grower' material. Only Tomorrow probably 3rd.

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Only Tomorrow"

my super interesting Kant story (DJP), Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

^^

acid sierra (electricsound), Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

ask me again in like 7 months

billstevejim, Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wonder 2 is still the jam. Only Tomorrow keeps gainin' steam, though.

illegalblues, Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah, Only Tomorrow.

:C (crüt), Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

I went with "New You"

Mark G, Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

faust arp. thank u thank u.

you're going home in a crispy ambulance (cajunsunday), Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

"ask me again in like 7 months"

there is a chance that in 7 months i'll replace IAW with She Found Now or Wonder 2 .

nostormo, Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

only tomorrow. best thing they have ever done, if ou ask me.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

in the 2nd part of SFN - the way Kevin sings "you" and "could", like breathing them in and out, with those swirling guitar on the background, is one fucking highlight of this record.

nostormo, Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

if i am, i think; I couldn't remember if anyone had repped for it in the other threads, it is a confluence of a few sweet post-blown-a-wish, sorta-glider-esque threads i think.

schlump, Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

mbv fans: inverting descartes since 2013

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

In another way

kornrulez6969, Friday, 1 March 2013 00:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

New You.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 1 March 2013 13:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

"only tomorrow" is amazing.
That said, I'm also fond of the final diptych "nothing is"/"wonder2".

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 1 March 2013 14:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

don't understand why you guys think Only Tommorow is so AMAZING.
it's very good though

nostormo, Friday, 1 March 2013 14:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's either New You or In Another Way, I can't remember.

lo! dating (dog latin), Friday, 1 March 2013 14:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

i am right in this thread

schlump, Friday, 1 March 2013 14:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wonder 2

EZ Snappin, Friday, 1 March 2013 16:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

only 2m

cheeseburger, Friday, 1 March 2013 16:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Basically can never remember any MBV song titles. Maybe that's the point?

global tetrahedron, Friday, 1 March 2013 17:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

xxposts

well, I think the thread about "only tomorrow" sums up pretty well what is so good about this track !
"Is this and yes" and "If I am" remain the dark spot of the album for me... still don't really know them.
that said, they have 22 years to grow on me !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 1 March 2013 17:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

it would be so amazing if mbv somehow turned into a normal band and released some new stuff a year from now

( ( ( ( ( ( ( (Z S), Friday, 1 March 2013 17:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

...as long as they continue to release great music, i agree

nostormo, Friday, 1 March 2013 17:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

I can totally see KS announcing a new album next year.
and then postponing it a few months, then to the following year...

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 1 March 2013 17:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

didn't he said there is also some material worth of an ep or something?

i wish they made a relatively simple rock/pop album like Realise, but it won't happen.probably.

nostormo, Friday, 1 March 2013 17:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've said it before, but a whole album like "Off your face" would be a very fine thing for me. So I chose "new you".

Rob M Revisited, Friday, 1 March 2013 17:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

Just realised that doesn't really make sense.

Rob M Revisited, Friday, 1 March 2013 17:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

it would be so amazing if mbv somehow turned into a normal band and released some new stuff a year from now

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schlump, Friday, 1 March 2013 22:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

nothing is

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Friday, 1 March 2013 22:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

gonna guess your favourite spiderland track is 'for dinner' :P

(admittedly there's a bit more to 'nothing is', and it is kinda ecstatic)

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Friday, 1 March 2013 22:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

(xps) Agreed re: Off Your Face.

The stand out tracks for me from the start were Only Tomorrow and New You, but If I Am is really growing on me.

A Yawning Chasm (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 2 March 2013 08:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Three way tie between Soon Is Now, Only You and Who Made Who.

Supposed Former ILM Lurker (WeWantMiles), Monday, 4 March 2013 10:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Actually, I'm amazed no-one has picked Who Sees You (track 3). One of the best MBV songs of all time, for my money. Love the guitar solo too, particularly the chord progression under it. I hope they do a Neil Young & Crazy Horse on that solo next week.

Supposed Former ILM Lurker (WeWantMiles), Monday, 4 March 2013 13:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

I was listening to the CD at home yesterday at high volume on the stereo and it was so good.
I finally enjoy all the tracks.
It might seem crazy but I think I prefer it to "loveless" now.
The songs are not better but it sounds much better.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 4 March 2013 13:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

Gonna listen to IAW and W2 again right now and make a fucken decision

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Monday, 4 March 2013 13:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's Wonder 2. level-up!

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Monday, 4 March 2013 14:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

although I'm kinda slightly regretting it now because the seesaw guitar-effect in the background of IAW's chorus/fadeout is heartbreakingly wonderful

two astounding songs

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Monday, 4 March 2013 14:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Actually, I'm amazed no-one has picked Who Sees You (track 3).

I did. The guitar tone on that track is just thrilling.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 4 March 2013 18:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

"never too early" would be prefect for the make up fake mbv song titles thread.

Voted "wonder 2" cos it overwhelms everything right now. But I suspect longer term one of the more subtle cuts like "if i am" might become a stand out.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 13:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Cannot understand people picking Wonder 2 which I find so lifeless and boring. Will probably vote for Only Tomorrow but Who Sees You, IAW and New You are pretty much at the same level

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 21:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

"wonder 2" is dfferent from the rest, maybe people think it points into a new direction or something but i find it dull as well. i'd say it is one of those dead-ends in music, in the beginning it seems to be an interesting, promising road until you realise that it doesn't lead anywhere. "only tomorrow" on the other hand is still unbelievable and seems to stand the test of repetition. i must have listened to it more than 20 times (but i think i have to be creful no not to overplay it) and it still overwhelms me, i have to listen to it on headphones with eyes closed and pressed together so that i furrow my brow in order to concentrate even more, to suck the noisy and at the same time so melodic guitar sound into my brain completely. especially the 2nd half after 3:30 when the 2nd unfuzzy guitar comes in and plays the wistful theme. and as a second layer there is still the distorted guitar on top of it. the contrast between these two guitars makes the song for me.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 21:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

creful no = careful now

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 21:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think I would be more into "Wonder 2" if I hadn't already burnt out on Third Eye Foundation

"Bellini." (DJP), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 21:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

and "wonder 2" is by far too long, there are too few things happening in those never-ending six minutes, i have to skip the end. additionally i find the motif and the singing annoying, in the end there is just this "whirlwind" noise which blows through the whole track, a song on the slight side.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 22:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

the problem is simple: drum n bass. a problematic genre.

nostormo, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 22:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

actually a proper mix of mbv guitars and Dn'B could have been something - but in practice I don't hear and bass just some muffled drums, buried under that annoying whirring sound

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 22:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

i don't really know drum n bass but i am pretty sure "wonder 2" is not the classical drum and bass track, maybe mbv's take on it.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 22:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

more drum less bass

nostormo, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 22:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

There is nothing even remotely approaching drum n bass on this album.

A Yawning Chasm (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 22:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Can't we have 3EF and mbv?

Where 3EF's (brilliant) last album was a stunningly intense dark night of the soul, catharsis thru absolute tragedy etc, Wonder 2, while using a similar percussive set-up, is sheer ecstasy, glory-of-God shit. And it's all about the organ, rising and rising, rising a few semitones beyond what you'd expect, veering upwards as feedbacking guitars alternately struggle to keep pace or overshoot, and a wallowing distortion timbre charges in lustily during the instrumental parts in a vain attempt to anchor it all. I don't know about you but when I listen to that song I feel I'm perpetually falling forwards into space, the tension is how far it can go, how long it can keep expanding for

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 22:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

If I am

reminds me of 'Swallow'. Another hit for me

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 22:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

I am increasingly loving If I Am (but have already voted for Only Tomorrow)

A Yawning Chasm (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 22:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Good winner, but this Nothing Is 3:34 12 is mystifying

A Yawning Chasm (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 00:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

As someone who has maintained that the final third of the record is the best, having those three songs finish in the top 4 and receiving 43 votes to the 38 votes the rest of the disc garnered, this poll gives me a little validation.

So thanks, ILM.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 00:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

It is mystifying that different people like different things?

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 01:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

aw, poor 'is this and yes', you grew on me a lot after a couple of listens

c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre (imago), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 02:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

that was close. i must say that i relistened to "wonder 2" after imago's post and it started to grow on me. in the beginning besides the rather subdued drums i only heard the "whirring" sound and a cacophonous orchestral part which reminded me of modern classical music à la stockhausen and late talk talk. but i think there is much more in this song. maybe i cannot hear everything due to the bad quality of the mp3s. i have to try again.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 06:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

It is mystifying that different people like different things?

No, but mystifying that so many people found that their favourite track out of all of them. It's a bit like voting for that short whale song thing off Loveless (names ecapes me).

A Yawning Chasm (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 07:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

It seems there hasn't been a Loveless tracks poll...

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 08:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Best Song on "Loveless"

nostormo, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 08:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

ah, it's those damn quotes again, makes it 'difficult' to search for.,

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 09:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

No, but mystifying that so many people found that their favourite track out of all of them.
perhaps they were trolling

sleepingsignal, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 15:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

not that i really care but 'if i am' was my fave

r|t|c, Wednesday, 6 March 2013 15:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

I rly care and I agree

we're beautiful like robots in dis guys (m bison), Thursday, 7 March 2013 01:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

This really does seem to get better and better with each listen

the company of wome (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 21:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Surprised to see Who Sees You ranked so low, that's the one that grabbed me first and the one I wind up going back to often. Best guitar work on the album imo

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

New You is definitely my favourite followed by In Another Way.

pssstttt, Hey you (dog latin), Thursday, 14 March 2013 11:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wonder 2 just feels like an idea Kevin Shields has had lying around since 1997. Which might be true of quite a lot of this actually.

Matt DC, Thursday, 14 March 2013 11:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wonder 2 is a bit of a messy track in execution IMO.

pssstttt, Hey you (dog latin), Thursday, 14 March 2013 11:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

Just posting up a bit of early Third Eye Foundation for comparison for those who don't know it:

acid in the style of tenpole tudor (NickB), Thursday, 14 March 2013 11:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

No, but mystifying that so many people found that their favourite track out of all of them.
perhaps they were trolling

Voted "Nothing Is" and definitely not trolling. Pleased it got so many votes. When I listened to the album through for the first time it was the only track that demanded to be heard again. Obviously the dark horse of the album.

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

tbh I am somewhat surprised that anyone gunning for a My Bloody Valentine album in 2013 hasn't already heard Third Eye Foundation

Darth Icky (DJP), Thursday, 14 March 2013 14:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

You gotta be kidding.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 14 March 2013 14:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I haven't

Mark G, Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

I assumed they were a bigger deal then they actually were/are, I guess; I generally assume by the time I hear about any band everyone else is tired of them and has moved on

Darth Icky (DJP), Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

i've heard exactly one song by TEF.

pssstttt, Hey you (dog latin), Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

Think that later Third Eye Foundation once the guitars got ditched is generally better known too, and at that point any major similarity to MBV is lost

acid in the style of tenpole tudor (NickB), Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

I remember being recommended TEF at the time but could not find any of their stuff in stores so I just forgot about it

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

I can remember quite a few acts trying that mbv/shoegaze meets dance thing in the late 90s, Acceleradeck and Chessie were a couple I remember liking quite a bit, although they were generally on the more drone end.

http://youtu.be/JnRI60H-Myg

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 16 March 2013 10:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

first TEF album Semtex is definitely essential listening for those who want to hear the shoegaze/jungle amalgam

in 2013 we will all be yuppies from the 'eighties (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 16 March 2013 16:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

this album is fucking amazing, of course

reet pish (imago), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 02:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

ehh it's pretty good. i'm not bored of it yet.

electricsound, Wednesday, 3 July 2013 03:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

the middle run of tracks really does grow on ya

reet pish (imago), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 03:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

the first track became my favorite now

nostormo, Wednesday, 3 July 2013 06:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

In Another Way gives me all sorts of crazy synaesthetic yearnings. I think it's one of the best songs of the last ten years. I didn't even vote for it here (because Wonder 2 is just as good)

diarmuid o'gallus (imago), Friday, 1 November 2013 01:06 (11 months ago) Permalink

Wonder 2 is great but in another way beats it. Only tomorrow has no business being in the top 3 here.

(emphasis Treeship's) (Treeship), Friday, 1 November 2013 02:39 (11 months ago) Permalink

it does tbf, it's the 3rd best track

diarmuid o'gallus (imago), Friday, 1 November 2013 02:41 (11 months ago) Permalink

Wonder 2 is the only song I skip on this (ok, besides the boring stereolab one), can't understand for the life,of me what people hear in that song. In another way & only tomorrow otoh are career highlights

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 1 November 2013 08:25 (11 months ago) Permalink

New You is the only one I go back to.

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Friday, 1 November 2013 09:17 (11 months ago) Permalink

voted for IOW. still think it's the best song here.

She Found Now should be higher

nostormo, Friday, 1 November 2013 12:15 (11 months ago) Permalink


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