Shoegaze Jangle!

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Yes, "Shoegaze Jangle" Why not? Just making something up, because I don't know if this guitar pattern very commonly used for upbeat shoegaze numbers and other similar 80s/90s indie rock songs has any name at all? Educate me!

Strumming goes like this:
Down_Down_DownUpDownUp_UpDown_DownUpDownUp

Clear as day in the first 7 seconds of this monster:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu7fqIITD1U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub85AszC87s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2-xgGBo_64

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRnnhMetvfg

Share your favorites please!

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:23 (one week ago) link

I heard that Swirlies song and was wracking my brain trying to figure out where heard it before and realized I played it quite often on my radio show back in '93.

Here's another that slots right in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNWel2bx4pM

righteousmaelstrom, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:49 (one week ago) link

i always kind of considered blind mr. jones in this sub-sub-genre that i've known about, but that you've just given a proper name to. i'll be lurking here.
cheers.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 16:54 (one week ago) link

Does this count?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0CYB5V9e64

daavid, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:59 (one week ago) link

Tons of Dinosaur Jr. also uses this strumming pattern, which makes sense since timeline-wise they are certainly proto-this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5yxVuNDLmo

Kangol In The Light (Craig D.), Friday, 30 April 2021 17:02 (one week ago) link

The phrase "shoegaze jangle" just makes me think of 'like a daydream' by ride. also maybe 'everything flows' by teenage fanclub?

building a hole (NickB), Friday, 30 April 2021 17:14 (one week ago) link

I think this fits?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwyaqfF36LU

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 30 April 2021 17:33 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lgtME3JatM

Being used in the new Adam Curtis has this shit *thoroughly* lodged in my brain the past couple weeks.

nicole, Friday, 30 April 2021 17:37 (one week ago) link

All great examples so far! And yeah songs that feel similar like Everything Flows by Teenage Fanclub or Off Your Face by MBV (feeling like this one could have been a major direct inspiration to a lot of these examples in the shoegaze universe).

Here's another song I've been obsessed with recently:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh2n6KTVel0

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 18:12 (one week ago) link

Is Strawberry Wine just jangle without the gaze then?

Legitimate Interest (Noel Emits), Friday, 30 April 2021 18:19 (one week ago) link

How's about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvjMJcN8gh4

(Kairon; IRSE! - Tzar Morei)

Legitimate Interest (Noel Emits), Friday, 30 April 2021 18:25 (one week ago) link

Matt from Sarah Records got a lot of flak (and even a few death threats, I believe) for releasing this on his label:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_xxa-exv70

henry s, Friday, 30 April 2021 18:30 (one week ago) link

actually just buy a bunch of Lush albums

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7cqkpy4QrQ

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Friday, 30 April 2021 18:43 (one week ago) link

There is never a reason not to listen to Lush!

brimstead, Friday, 30 April 2021 19:02 (one week ago) link

Definitely all close, with Starlust feeling the closest of all the Lush examples so far.

And I love that Golden Dawn song truly but I have to say it's definitely not the specific strum pattern I'm talking about. God I do love Sarah records stuff though. My wife got me some Brighter & Eternal 45s for my birthday recently!

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 19:10 (one week ago) link

maybe this song by The Legends? I recommend the whole album, it gets a ton more Cure-y though

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atYivCbPV9Y

brimstead, Friday, 30 April 2021 19:27 (one week ago) link

That's cool! Sounds like Radio Dept.

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 21:26 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVhNi5cU8mo

llurk, Friday, 30 April 2021 23:48 (one week ago) link


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