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You Made Me Realise

“You Made Me Realise” is a song by alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine, and was released as a single and also the lead track to the EP of the same name on 8 August 1988 through Creation Records. It was their first record for Creation.

Both the single and EP versions were released on 8 August 1988. The single version was limited to 1,000 copies.

The Mercury Records version of the EP was released in November 1988 and added the tracks from its successor EP, Feed Me with Your Kiss.

Sunny Sundae Smile

“Sunny Sundae Smile” is a song by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine. It was released as a non-album single in February 1987 on Lazy Records. Recorded at Alaska Studios in London, “Sunny Sundae Smile” was the band’s first release on Lazy Records and the final release to feature original vocalist David Conway.

Less than 2,000 copies of the 7-inch single were pressed and the 12-inch single received a limited release of 2,000 copies. Allmusic writer Nitsuh Abebe described “Sunny Sundae Smile” as “pop melodies revved up by sheets and sheets of Jesus and Mary Chain-style guitar noise” and added that “somewhere in there, though, you can hear the beginnings of the lighter, more distinct sound that characterized Ecstasy and ‘Strawberry Wine’.”[1] Upon its release, “Sunny Sundae Smile” peaked at number 6 on the UK Independent Singles Chart.[2]

Sugar (My Bloody Valentine song)

“Sugar” is a song by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine. It was released as a non-album split single with Pacific, whose song “December, with the Day” is featured as the single’s b-side. “Sugar”/”December, with the Day” was released in February 1989 on Creation Records and issued free with issue 67 of the British music magazine The Catalogue.[1]

Written by vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields, “Sugar” was recorded prior to the initial recording sessions for the band’s second studio album Loveless (1991). Creation Records had requested My Bloody Valentine to record a track for The Catalogue and coincidentally “right at the same time, Bill Carey, a friend [of the band] who worked in a studio said that anytime [they] wanted to mess around in a studio, [they] could, so [they] went in and made [“Sugar”] up.”[2]

Originally released as a square 7-inch flexi disc,[2] “Sugar” was later featured as the b-side on the 1992 French pressing of “Only Shallow”.[3] A remastered version was released on the compilation album EP’s 1988–1991 (2012). Critics have described the song as “a drowsily sweet, raggedly swaying number” and “structurally pitched somewhere in between the sonic excesses of Isn’t Anything and experimental passages on Loveless”.[4][5]

Strawberry Wine (My Bloody Valentine song)

“Strawberry Wine” is a song by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine. It was released as a non-album single on 9 November 1987 on Lazy Records. It was the band’s second release for Lazy and the first release to feature vocalist and guitarist Bilinda Butcher, who was recruited in April 1987 following the departure of original vocalist David Conway.

“Strawberry Wine” was released as a 12-inch single in a limited pressing of 2,500 copies. The contents of the single were later combined with My Bloody Valentine’s following release, the mini album Ecstasy (1987), and reissued on the compilation album Ecstasy and Wine (1989). The compilation album was released without the band’s consent and due to an error, an alternate mix of “Strawberry Wine” was used.[1]

Upon its release, “Strawberry Wine” received moderate critical acclaim and peaked at number 13 on the United Kingdom Independent Singles Chart.[2] Critics, who compared and contrasted it to Ecstasy, referred to the single as “certainly the better of the two releases” and described the title track as “still sounding in parts like the old Valentines with a strong Mamas & Papas type vocal line”. The single’s B-sides were referred to as “throwaways, except for the curiously different guitar style being heard for the first time.”[1] In Loveless, a book from the 33⅓ series about the My Bloody Valentine album of the same name, Mike McGonial referred to “Strawberry Wine” as a “rarified, effete and poppy approach to Byrdsian rock”.[3]

Only Shallow

“Only Shallow” is a song by the shoegazing band My Bloody Valentine. It is the opening track and second single from the band’s second studio album, Loveless (1991), released on Creation Records. Written by Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher, “Only Shallow” features Shields’ distinctive guitar sound—a technique known as “glide guitar”—characterized by heavy use of a tremolo bar while strumming.

No Place to Go (song)

“No Place to Go” is a song by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine. It is the opening track and lead single from the band’s debut extended play, Geek!, released in December 1985 on Fever Records. Featuring lyrics by vocalist David Conway and music by guitarist Kevin Shields, “No Place to Go” is considered the standout song on Geek![1] although Shields later referred to it as an “absolute failure” and “unrepresentative of what [My Bloody Valentine] wanted to do.”[2]

Instrumental (My Bloody Valentine song)

“Instrumental” (also known as “Instrumental No 1”) is a song by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine. It was released as a limited edition free single with the first 5,000 LP copies of the band’s debut studio album Isn’t Anything, released on 21 November 1988 on Creation Records.[1]

The single’s B-side, also titled “Instrumental” and known as “Instrumental No 2”,[2] demonstrates My Bloody Valentine’s first known experimentation with dance music.[3] “Instrumental No 2” features an uncredited sample of “Security of the First World”, a song by Public Enemy from their 1988 studio album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.[4] Both “Instrumental No.1” and “Instrumental No.2” were remastered and reissued on the compilation album EP’s 1988–1991 (2012).

“Instrumental No 1” and “Instrumental No 2” were composed by vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields,[5] with the latter being referred to as “a real acid-house track” by Shields and “an uncanny prophecy of [1990s] drum and bass jungle” by music critic Simon Reynolds.[6] Shields later incorporated elements of dance music on My Bloody Valentine’s 1990 single “Soon”, which was released on both Glider (1990) and Loveless (1991),[7] and elements of jungle music on their third studio album m b v (2013).

Feed Me with Your Kiss

“Feed Me with Your Kiss” is a song by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine, and was released as a single and also the lead track to the EP of the same name on 31 October 1988 through Creation. It is the seventh track and lead single from the band’s debut studio album Isn’t Anything. It was released on 31 October 1988.[1]

On the EP, Allmusic critic Nitsuh Abebe wrote: “They don’t feel like songs that weren’t quite good enough for Isn’t Anything; they might display some of the stylistic tendencies of the Ecstasy and Wine period, but they’re just as worthwhile as the album tracks.”[2]

In another review, Stewart Mason of Allmusic thought that the track “more in keeping with the moody, gothy rock of My Bloody Valentine’s much-inferior earliest records.” Mason also stated that the track “has a peculiar feel, pitched somewhere between the bombastic self-importance of mid-’80s Nick Cave and the ethereality of prime Cocteau Twins, mixed with the same sort of slightly dopey S&M-tinged lyrics as the roughly contemporaneous “Cigarette in Your Bed,” proving that it was in the long run a very smart idea for Kevin Shields to completely bury the lyrics on My Bloody Valentine’s later work.”[3] Digital Spy commended the “ear-splitting garage rock scuzz of the title track.[4]

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