Slowdive - Souvlaki POLL

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
When the Sun Hits 12
Alison 11
Souvlaki Space Station 11
Machine Gun 3
Sing 1
40 Days 1
Melon Yellow 1
Dagger 1
Here She Comes 0
Altogether 0


feisty, Spanish, girl (Moka), Thursday, 10 December 2009 07:50 (fourteen years ago) link

when the sun hits

囧 (dyao), Thursday, 10 December 2009 08:09 (fourteen years ago) link

opening of that gives me chills every time

囧 (dyao), Thursday, 10 December 2009 08:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Probably Souvlaki Space Station for me. It sounds gigantic on a good pair of headphones.

feisty, Spanish, girl (Moka), Thursday, 10 December 2009 08:15 (fourteen years ago) link

tough one, i'll have to say alison just for the second verse which gets me every time, close second to machine gun though. honourable mention to 40 days.

ABSOLUTELY NO SCRUBS WHATSOEVER, Thursday, 10 December 2009 09:46 (fourteen years ago) link

souvlaki space station --> when the sun hits

but if i had to break them up i'd choose when the sun hits

Kate 'Impeach' Bush (Future_Perfect), Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:26 (fourteen years ago) link

opening of that gives me chills every time

― 囧 (dyao), Thursday, December 10, 2009 3:09 AM

QFT

Stereo no aware (Daruton), Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:35 (fourteen years ago) link

not heard this album in years. but in retrospect i would really quite like to erase its "influence" from the entire musical world

Karen Tregaskin, Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:37 (fourteen years ago) link

i never understood the appeal of this band's music. it's all so samey and boring. good to fall asleep to. mbv and ride at least had the tunes, spacemen 3 had the drones but slowdive had just a nice female voice.

alex in mainhattan, Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:48 (fourteen years ago) link

it's pretty, but that's about it

there was a lot of promise in the early E.P.s that there might be more to them, but there really wasn't

what fucks me off most about them is that they - of all the shoegaze era bands - are the ones that get namechecked by the ambient/minimal crew when they were quite frankly the least sonically interesting

Karen Tregaskin, Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:52 (fourteen years ago) link

when the sun hits

richie aprile (rockapads), Thursday, 10 December 2009 17:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I kinda think "So Tired" off the single is better than all of this. But I went with "Alison" because that's the first Slowdive song to hook me. Wonderful album, the pinnacle of shoegaze.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 10 December 2009 17:18 (fourteen years ago) link

You people are trippin'. Least sonically interesting? Have you even heard Pygmalion?

Stereo no aware (Daruton), Thursday, 10 December 2009 18:52 (fourteen years ago) link

I like the US version with the bonus tracks: their cover of "Some Velvet Morning" and "Country Rain" and some a few others. I like their two techno-ish songs, can't remember their names, it's their Seefeel moment.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 10 December 2009 19:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, "In Mind" is great. If they had kept in that direction and ended up sounding like Seefeel/Scala instead of Pygmalion they'd still be one of my favorite bands.

Stereo no aware (Daruton), Thursday, 10 December 2009 23:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Who cares if they're not as socially interesting as others, they're still way more affective.

EDB, Friday, 11 December 2009 01:41 (fourteen years ago) link

"When the Sun Hits," easily. This whole album is fantastic but that one just stands way out, one of the best songs ever.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Sunday, 13 December 2009 08:56 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.jamiegaines.com/stuff/squirrel_with_machine_gun.jpg

i'm probably gonna think of that every time i hear the song now

balearific, Sunday, 13 December 2009 09:08 (fourteen years ago) link

I definitely prefer the EP tracks from earlier (Slowdive, Morningrise, Catch the Breeze), but this album's nice enough. Until this poll I probably hadn't listened to anything off it for years and years. At the time Souvlaki Space Station was my favourite, but listening to it today I've got to go with When The Sun Hits.

FIFA Brutish & Short (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 13 December 2009 11:14 (fourteen years ago) link

tempted to vote for Sing.

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Sunday, 13 December 2009 12:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Sing is probably the most interesting, sonically original thing here, but like most of ILX I can't really see beyond the SSS-WTSH axis. Are the last three tracks going to get any love, btw? They're great! Less great, but great. Ish.

dyaaaow (acoleuthic), Sunday, 13 December 2009 12:31 (fourteen years ago) link

I took me a while, but Melon Yellow is now one of my favorites off the album.

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Sunday, 13 December 2009 12:32 (fourteen years ago) link

"it took me", even

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Sunday, 13 December 2009 12:32 (fourteen years ago) link

That's probably the most 'sonic cathedral'-y song ever written, haha!

dyaaaow (acoleuthic), Sunday, 13 December 2009 12:34 (fourteen years ago) link

BEHOLD OUR DREAMY SPIRES

dyaaaow (acoleuthic), Sunday, 13 December 2009 12:35 (fourteen years ago) link

they're not as socially interesting as others

SONICALLY interesting

i don't care if they were or weren't down syndrome every thursday night

i care that their textures do not satisfy the NEED MORE GOOEY TEXTURES NOW portion of my brain

they only ever really did one thing with their fx pedals and their tunes were just not interesting enough to keep my attention

Karen Tregaskin, Sunday, 13 December 2009 13:51 (fourteen years ago) link

i care that their textures do not satisfy the NEED MORE GOOEY TEXTURES NOW portion of my brain

...and which shoegaze band does this better other than MBV?

Stereo no aware (Daruton), Sunday, 13 December 2009 14:24 (fourteen years ago) link

(slowdive) only ever really did one thing with their fx pedals and their tunes were just not interesting enough to keep my attention

Karen Tregaskin, Sunday, 13 December 2009 14:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh, okay.

Stereo no aware (Daruton), Sunday, 13 December 2009 14:31 (fourteen years ago) link

The Catch the Breeze compilation is all you'll ever need from this band. I don't think there's a single good song left out.

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 13 December 2009 14:34 (fourteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 00:01 (fourteen years ago) link

i guess i'll go for mellow yellow. what a sound.

guammls (QE II), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 00:33 (fourteen years ago) link

fuck me, MELON yellow

guammls (QE II), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 00:33 (fourteen years ago) link

...quite rightly.

Sailor Tuxedo Moon Mask (Daruton), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 01:32 (fourteen years ago) link

i LOVE this album to death, one of my all time favorites. i wanted to play again before voting but that won't happen. going to vote for "Machine Gun."

Bee OK, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 01:40 (fourteen years ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 7 January 2010 00:01 (fourteen years ago) link

i thought i'd voted for melon yellow but clearly i didn't

mr bollock apple (electricsound), Thursday, 7 January 2010 00:01 (fourteen years ago) link

voted for 'souvlaki space station'. was very torn, but glad i did because i don't rate 'alison' all that highly compared to the axis of sonic awesomeness that is the second half (well, except 'dagger')

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Thursday, 7 January 2010 00:43 (fourteen years ago) link

poor "here she comes"... that's prob my 2nd or 3rd favorite

guammls (QE II), Thursday, 7 January 2010 01:24 (fourteen years ago) link

oh hell that's not true.. lovely lovely song though.

guammls (QE II), Thursday, 7 January 2010 01:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Not nearly enough love for the "lesser" tracks on here. I guess the strong ones really stand out...

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 7 January 2010 02:51 (fourteen years ago) link

I played this the other day and thought I had gone through half the album when I realized I had one track repeat on and hadn't made it past 'alison' ;|

Player is killed, but they are resurrected, and the 45 Revolver glow gold (dyao), Thursday, 7 January 2010 02:54 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Twenty years old today.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 May 2013 17:29 (eleven years ago) link

Iniial copies of this came with the "Blue Day" EP as a bonus, and I was a sucker for stuff like that. It made me pull the trigger on this stellar album and the EP was great in it's own right. Time to queue it up!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 17 May 2013 19:33 (eleven years ago) link

the best shoegaze album ever. i remember once being in rural oregon, under a black night sky with no light pollution, and I could see the entire cosmos like I had never seen it before. I put souvlaki on my car stereo and it was perfect.

Poliopolice, Friday, 17 May 2013 20:22 (eleven years ago) link

I like this album too, but I came to it after Loveless and I don't think it's as powerful or distinctive as that album

Treeship, Friday, 17 May 2013 20:24 (eleven years ago) link

the best shoegaze album ever

seriously no need to bring loveless into this, doesn't compare

fauxmarc, Friday, 17 May 2013 20:25 (eleven years ago) link

i have the final slowdive album thats more ambient than shoegaze ..

subsequently i have never ventured deeper into their archive as i never really connected with pygmalion as it was just too lightweight ...

guess i need to address this shortfall ...

mark e, Friday, 17 May 2013 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

pygmalion's their best, but this one has some stellar moments. listened to this again the other day and found myself gravitating towards the weird off-kilter ambient one in the middle

bleeding like a stoke pig (imago), Friday, 17 May 2013 21:29 (eleven years ago) link

namely 'sing'

altho nobody's fucking with the space station

bleeding like a stoke pig (imago), Friday, 17 May 2013 21:30 (eleven years ago) link

Alison is on the comp my kids listen to while falling asleep. I've heard it a zillion times, still love it.

that's not my post, Saturday, 18 May 2013 05:52 (eleven years ago) link

I agree Pygmalion is too lightweight. This is their best album. Saw them play it at the New Cross Venue back in the day and it was one of the best gigs I ever saw.

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Saturday, 18 May 2013 06:41 (eleven years ago) link

Oh I made this poll? Cant even remember what I voted for in the end. I might have been that lonely vote for dagger.

Moka, Saturday, 18 May 2013 07:21 (eleven years ago) link

was very unimpressed by this band for longest time, i think i was frustrated by their lack of oomph compared to a lot of the bands that were around at the same time, everything about them felt so wishy-washy and weak. anyhow my standards must have slipped dramatically or something cos this is record is probably top 3 in my most played albums in the last couple of years. there's something about its sheer lack of energy and anything resembling zest that i find really comforting now, maybe i'm like an elephant finding solace in nuzzling up to the lifeless corpse of his partner. that said, would still probably vote for that one song that "rocks" the hardest

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Saturday, 18 May 2013 09:08 (eleven years ago) link

They were always huge sounding live, which I found intriguing -- you can audibly hear the difference between their albums and those of later bands (especially the metal ones) who were all "If only they were LOUDER" that might never have caught them live.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 18 May 2013 12:13 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

This is great!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjr6esFXJl4

Birds in Hell, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 07:27 (nine years ago) link

Just came to post that myself - it is really good.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:09 (nine years ago) link

The guys agreeing with the man on the radio was funny.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 14:32 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

the Pitchfork poll has me re-listening to a bunch of stuff and coming across this Pitchfork film; i wish they'd do more of these they're fantastic!

piscesx, Tuesday, 25 October 2016 15:38 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

Started listening to the album and it hits so hard since the very start. I think Alison would be my pick nowadays.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 7 July 2024 23:59 (five days ago) link


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