In Praise Of...Slowdive's first album, "Just For A Day"

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What can I say? I'm shocked to even be digging this out of my collection to play. I even tried to sell it once, just figured it was something I enjoyed at the time but was through with. Luckily the shop wouldn't buy it off me, so I kept it.

If you'd asked me before today how any of the songs went, I probably couldn't have told you. Sure I'd found it useful as a DJ a couple of years ago, but I only played "Brighter" cause I remembered that as my fave, along with "Waves". I haven't played the whole thing since it came out. There was a Slowdive/Catherine Wheel thread not too long ago where I admitted that I never ever pull out Slowdive, and wondered if I should feel guilty about that. "I just never feel the need". I was far, far more fanatical about Ride in 1991 than Slowdive, but then I don't tend to play Ride much now either.

Today though I got into a certain mood of sadness due to certain events, a sadness that was deep or just different enough to cause me to rather miraculously hear a song from this album in my head. I wasn't even sure which one it was since of course it isn't an album I remember very well. It turned out to be the first track "Spanish Air" and so I pulled it out, played it, and let the rest of the album play too. I don't think I ever realized how sad this album was. I feel strange that I've neglected it all this time, as it's really quite brilliant.

But then in 1991, there was so much good new music to choose from. I still consider '89-'91 to be a renaissance as far as British indie stuff goes. I was into the "baggy" thing, the "shoegazing" thing, and what was coming out of Liverpool in those days was great as well (La's, Real People, Top).

I'm just stunned that this album has somehow come back to me after all this time. Certainly influenced by the Cocteaus (even the sleeve apes the motif of the Cocteaus' Lullabies EP - girl swirling around to the point that her skirt is up), but a damn sight better than Mojave 3. (I recall liking the first Mojave 3 album a great deal but the second one made me lose interest altogether and seemed to be aping Bob Dylan at times)

I also appreciated Monster Movie, another post-Slowdive project, but compared to Just For A Day? Not even close.

Opening up my ears to old, unlikely things, and wondering what you lot think...

The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Friday, 15 April 2005 02:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i think it's a beautiful record but to be honest it was a disappointment after the gobsmackery of the first three EPs.

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Friday, 15 April 2005 02:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That just about covers it.

Factor in one of the top albums of the 90's as its follow-up and you've got a Slowdive album that I rarely feel the need to play.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Friday, 15 April 2005 03:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I tried to get into this after falling in love with souvlaki, but it didnt work out. Its just so wishy washy and empty sounding. Maybe I should give it another go.

jason., Friday, 15 April 2005 03:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Well, this is all interesting because let me be clear: I never had a problem at all with Souvlaki. Perhaps it is I who have surprises in store, because I don't remember much of that either!

The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Friday, 15 April 2005 03:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is my #1 going-to-sleep album of all time. (#2 is She Hangs Brightly by Mazzy Star & #3 is Apollo.. by Eno). Some of these songs are achingly gorgeous: "Celia's Dream" & "The Sadman" are my faves. "Waves" of course. I saw them live a couple times back in the day and I found it curious that they never seemed to perform any songs from this album, with the exception of "Catch the Breeze" (which we can disqualify b/c of its its early single status). Does anyone know why they chose to ignore this album in their sets? Were they generally unhappy with it?

Yngwie AlmsteenMay (sgertz), Friday, 15 April 2005 03:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

A fine fine FINE album. (My thoughts.) For me, I heard the album before those early EPs, so to me it's the starting point -- and stands so well on its own for that reason.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 15 April 2005 03:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

listening suggestion:

try it at 5:00am

Vestigial Appendages, Esq. (King Kobra), Friday, 15 April 2005 04:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The main thing I do like about it is the way it seems a bit over-fluffy and maybe even cloying -- and then your attention drifts away, and then fifteen minutes later it occurs to you that the song you're hearing has somehow whipped itself up into some massive pounding gale of a song. Also interesting: I was listening to the last Field Mice album a while back and I started thinking that this kind of production (turn of 80s/90s "dream pop") has turned around from seeming like it was dating badly to seeming like really nice period production -- I think I need to pull this one out and see if it's gotten to the same point for me. It apparently hasn't for whoever assembled that Slowdive best-of; I think they lifted like one track from this, which struck me as a little too bad.

nabiscothingy (nory), Friday, 15 April 2005 05:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

never heard it, but Souvlaki and Pygmalion stay in frequent rotation around here, so it i'm sure i'll pick it up sooner or later.

is there a compilation of those first three singles/EPs?

poortheatre (poortheatre), Friday, 15 April 2005 05:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hahaha...I believe I too attempted to sell this disc...unsuccessfully. "Brighter" was the track that made me pick it up initially, but I rarely spun the rest of it. I still quite dig Souvlaki, but that gets very infrequent airrings `round Chez in NYC. Ride-wise, I'll still play Going Blank Again every now and then, though I did randomly play some tracks off of Nowhere not too long ago, and it really took me back.

Ah....the 90's. A much simpler time.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 15 April 2005 05:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

is there a compilation of those first three singles/EPs?

'tis called Blue Day

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Friday, 15 April 2005 05:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Blue Day is a summary of the Slowdive, Morningrise, and Holding Our Breath EPs, minus "Catch the Breeze," "Golden Hair," and "Avalyn II."

yaarggh.. i guess i can get "catch the breeze" on just for a day. i just hate missing out.

poortheatre (poortheatre), Friday, 15 April 2005 05:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

dang. if i had any idea where my slowdive singles were i'd put them on slsk, but... i don't.

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Friday, 15 April 2005 05:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i can slsk them next time i go home. i'll put the eternal 7 on sarah up too if you like

charltonlido (gareth), Friday, 15 April 2005 06:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

at some point in the nearish future they'll be rereleasing stuff, hopefully a more complete singles comp will appear with the reissues.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Friday, 15 April 2005 06:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like the record a lot. It has a kind of Victorian / hippy folly aspect to it (eg. silly song titles), which I don't like so much, and a kind of straight-up pure shoegazing aspect, which I'm afraid I adore.

the dreamfox, Friday, 15 April 2005 10:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hehe - OTM

Baaderonixxxorzh (Fabfunk), Friday, 15 April 2005 11:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I liked Slowdive from the start but I only started loving them when they stopped appearing/being precious, i.e. Souvlaki.

Baaderonixxxorzh (Fabfunk), Friday, 15 April 2005 11:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

'Souvlaki' is one of my very favorite albums--including the CD bonus tracks. This one is good, but something about the production turns me off. Whereas 'Souvlaki', well, could it sound any better?

John 2, Friday, 15 April 2005 12:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

john2
> including the CD bonus tracks

what were they?

my copy came with a second disk: 'Blue Day', a compilation of (most of) the first 3 singles as mentioned above. but i've a feeling you're talking about something different.

the Morr music tribute cd (Blue Skied N' Clear) is good, people like isan and mum doing slowdive covers...

koogs (koogs), Friday, 15 April 2005 12:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

John is probably referring to the US bonus tracks, i.e. 'Country Rain', 'Some Velvet Morning', 'Good Day Sunshine', etc.

Baaderonixxxorzh (Fabfunk), Friday, 15 April 2005 12:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the above three + "missing you" = US bonus tracks.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Friday, 15 April 2005 13:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ah, ok, 'In Mind' b-sides plus the Volume track (which i don't think i have. and, judging by all but two versions of SMV i've heard, i'm not sure i want to...)

koogs (koogs), Friday, 15 April 2005 16:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sure it's going to look worse in comparison to their other albums but I think Just For A Day is wonderful. plus Waves is an all time favourite song.

Tokyo Ghost Stories (Tokyo Ghost Stories), Saturday, 16 April 2005 02:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was far, far more fanatical about Ride in 1991 than Slowdive, but then I don't tend to play Ride much now either.

i think it's a beautiful record but to be honest it was a disappointment after the gobsmackery of the first three EPs.

That pretty much covers it for me. I had the first three EPs, but I was far more into the noisy groups like Ride, Boo Radleys and the Pixies at the time. I didn't buy the album, and I think I've only heard it once. By the time it came out the backlash against Shoegazing was already starting up.

Oddly enough I got really back into those EPs in 1993, so I bought their second album and the In Mind stuff, but the first album is still a gaping hole in my collection. Should I bother getting it?

The Horse of Babylon's Butler (the pirate king), Saturday, 16 April 2005 10:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Primal' trumps all the other tracks on JFAD.

bkjj40a, Saturday, 16 April 2005 11:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised no one ever talks about The Ballad of Sister Sue, which is just one of my favorite songs, period.

Melissa W (Melissa W), Saturday, 16 April 2005 12:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

A terrible disappointment after the EPs. It's like they completely removed the overdriven density. One of the few CDs I have ever sold back immediately.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Saturday, 16 April 2005 14:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I haven't bought this yet. I've always shied away from it because I heard that it sounds New Age-y.

Ian Riese-Moraine. To Hell with you and your gradual evolution! (Eastern Mantra), Saturday, 16 April 2005 14:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Everyone who complains about this album is wrong, and stinky to boot. NYEH!

(Spencer, are you already back from Brazil?)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 16 April 2005 15:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Back!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Saturday, 16 April 2005 15:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is the only Slowdive I've heard.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Saturday, 16 April 2005 15:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Back!

Did you arrive just yesterday? If so, I forgive you for not coming out last night. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 16 April 2005 15:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

John is probably referring to the US bonus tracks, i.e. 'Country Rain', 'Some Velvet Morning', 'Good Day Sunshine', etc.

WORST. BONUS. TRACKS. EVAH.

It's really only 2 out of the four, but they are so goddamn bad i can only listen to souvlaki if i cook up a playlist omitting the bonus tracks.

poortheatre (poortheatre), Saturday, 16 April 2005 19:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Huh? I love those extra songs, it's their ambient techno experiment (of sorts).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 16 April 2005 20:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

'Country Rain' sends shivers down me spine.

Yngwie AlmsteenMay (sgertz), Saturday, 16 April 2005 21:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah country rain is my fav from this album.

i put erik's song on a mix once and my friend was all "is this from the soundtrack to less than zero when robert downey jr is on the phone in his bedroom?" wtf

kephm, Saturday, 16 April 2005 21:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

this kind of production (turn of 80s/90s "dream pop") has turned around from seeming like it was dating badly to seeming like really nice period production

'meh' on Just for a Day's sound, but I will say that this:

wishy washy and empty sounding

perfectly characterizes all the third-generation (-plus, now?), creatively bankrupt shoegaze revival stuff.

Bethany Curve? c'mon.

bassace, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 04:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

also many of those bands don't have two halves of a tune to rub together

thereminimum chips (electricsound), Tuesday, 14 October 2008 04:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

OH MY GOD YOU PEOPLE ARE GOING TO MAKE ME PULL OUT THIS ALBUM AFTER ALL EVEN THOUGH I'D BEEN THINKING OF IT A FEW TIMES THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE ME PULL IT OUT AREN'T YOU

Hot Pants Floyd (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Tuesday, 14 October 2008 05:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is my #1 going to sleep album of all time. If I'm not counting sheep by the time the "Waves/Brighter/Sadman" trilogy of awesomeness cues, I'm sure to be off to blissful slumber shortly thereafter.

Pillbox, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 05:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

OH MY GOD YOU PEOPLE ARE GOING TO MAKE ME PULL OUT THIS ALBUM AFTER ALL EVEN THOUGH I'D BEEN THINKING OF IT A FEW TIMES THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE ME PULL IT OUT AREN'T YOU
you'll thank us later

bassace, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 06:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

tell us how it went

bassace, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 06:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

As I was going home from the club tonight, the words "to believe in everything" came into my head and I racked my brain trying to figure out what lyric that was from. I finally got home to look it up, but a Google search didn't do me much good right away...it took a bit of looking...it's "Catch The Breeze"!

gods jangle the key change (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Sunday, 11 January 2009 12:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

I don't where to put this which popped up as related video when I was listening to the youtube tracks of the 2018 poll. An amazing performance of an amazing song. I also love the parts where you see that blond girl with pony tail in the audience which is just about to break into tears. I am not too familiar with Slowdive but this semms like their top song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTZhG9YSY_c

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 7 January 2019 21:44 (two months ago) Permalink

I am not too familiar with Slowdive but this semms like their top song.

TBF, it's one of Syd Barrett's top songs.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 7 January 2019 21:51 (two months ago) Permalink

I knew i had heard that title already somewhere...

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 7 January 2019 21:58 (two months ago) Permalink

TBF, the title and lyrics are James Joyce.

by the light of the burning Citro├źn, Monday, 7 January 2019 22:09 (two months ago) Permalink

To be fair, the Slowdive version extends and improves on the Syd Barrett original tremendously. Or let's say it translates it adequately into the shoegazing nineties.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 7 January 2019 22:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Hell, I'll take Slowdive 2018 over 90s Slowdive. I love that they're still playing it and have claimed it as their own

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 00:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah the current tours are just phenomenal -- I loved all the early 90s shows of theirs I saw but this is next level time.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 00:37 (two months ago) Permalink


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