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Definition of the noun Shoegazing

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  1. [British] A type of Britpop or other indie music of the 1990s, characterised by a dreamlike sound making much use of effect pedals, and by a detached or introverted performance style.


Shoegazing is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s by bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, and Ride. It lasted there until the mid-1990s, with a critical pinnacle reached from 1990–91 and a new zenith achieved again from resurgence in the early 2010s. The British music press—particularly NME and Melody Maker—named this style "shoegazing" because the musicians in these bands stood still during live performances in a detached, introspective, non-confrontational state, hence the idea that they were gazing at their shoes. The heavy use of effects pedals also contributed to the image of performers looking down at their feet during concerts.

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Google previewDictionary of Contemporary Slang (2014)

by Tony Thorne

Afashionable term among adolescents from the later 1990s, the wordmay be relatedto 'shoegazing', a phrase earlier used to describe the posturing ofindie musicians who would slouch almost motionless while performingstaring downatthe ...

Google previewThe Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2014)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

introspective rock music; hence the music itself UK, 1999 shoegazing noun ® serious ̄,

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Carnival OfLight, released just as the Britpop scene was about to explode, became the victim of the attendant backlash in the UK music press against the ' shoegazing' scene. It did not help that the band appeared to have stalled artistically, ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2013)

Over 10,000ÊCommon and Confusing Words Explained by Diagram Group

shoegazing” performances of its practitioners. singspiel A form ofGermancomic opera of the lateeighteenth and earlynineteenth centuries in which there is spoken dialogue as well as selfcontained musical setpieces. The term is a ...

Google previewMusic in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture [4 volumes] (2013)

An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture by Jacqueline Edmondson Ph.D.

Spector's Wall of Sound also influenced an alternative rock subgenre called shoegazing, which earned its name because the performers stood relatively still on the stage, often looking at the floor to manipulate the multiple pedals used to ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English (2010)

by Angus Stevenson

shoegazing 7noun [mass noun] a style of rock music characterized by a sound in which the distincV- tions between separate instruments and vocals are blurred. – origin 1990s: from the supposed tendency of the performers to look down, ...

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Video shows what shoegazing means. A type of Britpop or other indie music of the 1990s, characterised by a dreamlike sound making much use of effect pedals, ...

Scrabble value of S1H4O1E1G2A1Z10I1N1G2

The value of this 10-letter word is 24 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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