Song of the Day #3,916: ‘When You Sleep’ – My Bloody Valentine

Continuing my latest Decades installment, focusing on the year 1991, brings us to Irish band My Bloody Valentine’s sophomore release, Loveless.

My Bloody Valentine is considered the pioneer of the shoegazing genre, a type of alternative rock featuring heavy guitar distortion and muffled vocals. In fact, they might be the first, best and last example of a shoegazing band because the genre quickly fizzled out and branched into grunge on the one hand and Britpop on the other.

Loveless was My Bloody Valentine’s last recording until a 2007 reunion and release of a third album in 2013. While I can hear good songs struggling to claw their way out of much of this material, it’s a dense and noisy record that definitely proves to me I’m not a fan of shoegazing.

[Verse 1]
When I look at you
Oh, I don’t know what’s real
Once in a while
And you make me laugh
And I’ll see you tomorrow
And it won’t be long
Once in a while
Then you take me down
Then you walk away

[Verse 2]
When you say “I do”
Oh, I don’t believe in you
I can’t forget it, ooh
When you sleep tomorrow
And it won’t be long
Once in a while
When you make me smile
And you turn your long blonde hair

[Verse 1]
When I look at you
Oh, I don’t know what’s real
Once in a while
And you make me laugh
And I’ll see you tomorrow
And it won’t be long
Once in a while
Then you take me down
Then you walk away

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,916: ‘When You Sleep’ – My Bloody Valentine

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Definitely not what I want to hear at 4AM while getting ready for an early flight to LA! I doubt I would like this any better any other time of the day though.😜

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