Still Learning – Music History 101 (Shoegaze)

Every once in a while though I find out something about music that blows my mind. Things that are documented history but that I just never knew. It’s still fun and refreshing when that happens. For instance…

This morning, whilst waiting for some files to convert I picked up my phone and while trying to bring up “April Wine – Nature Of The Beast” to play on YouTube (more on April Wine later) I came across a video that was about the origins of Shoegaze.

I had an exchange with Otis recently where I presented a few contemporary shoegaze-ish bands that I had come across. I love the drone and repetition and if done right it can be mesmerizing. Always interested in how things evolved I decided to check it out. There was some very interesting stuff in here and I knew the names of several of these bands and was making a mental note to check a few out.

At one point in the video it mentioned The Cure and that there was trouble in the band and that at one point (1982 – 1984) Robert Smith was the lead guitarist for Siouxsie And The Banshees!

What? How did I never know this?!

Further, it was said that Robert would simply stand there and play. No flashy lead guitar antics, stage prowling, but standing in one spot (looking at his shoes perhaps?).

This was ALL new info for me and a bit mind blowing.

I love it when the threads of music cross wires in my brain. How can I not now break some Cure to listen to and check out Siouxsie And The Banshees?

This is like reading a book series and finding out characters from one series appear in another book series you are just starting! Too nerdy?

At any rate, I have listened to 2 Siouxsie And The Banshees albums before during the “1001 Albums You Must Listen To Before You Die” project (which I never finished, but should!) and I gave them a rating of 3 out of 5. That was a while ago. I should revisit them.

I watched a couple more Siouxsie And The Banshees with Robert Smith videos. I had to leave this one here. Hope the link still exists when you are reading this. The crowd is almost worth the watch alone, but this is a killer song.

This of course led me down the path of perhaps this is not Robert Smith? This is from 1979 and per Google Robert played with them from 1982 – 1984. However, per Wiki personnel for the band Robert was also a touring substitute player. So it could be him (notes for the video indicate it is him).

Check this out from the Wiki. This is only a partial list, with Robert at the bottom of the snap, but check out who else is listed as playing drums?!

 Sid Vicious? Are you kidding me?

Man… how much more IS there to know about music?

I’m exhausted.

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