🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 My Bloody Valentine

I don’t think this one is going to be… … … loveless.

Grimes falls short of the 3 mark:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57

Today:

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0 voters

Have included mini albums and the EPs compilation in this one to avoid any whinging

  • This Is Your Bloody Valentine
  • Ecstasy
  • Isn’t Anything
  • Loveless
  • m b v
  • EP’s 1988-1991

0 voters

1 Like
  • No Place To Go
  • Sunny Sundae Smile
  • Strawberry Wine
  • You Made Me Realise
  • Feed Me With Your Kiss
  • Instrumental
  • Soon
  • To Here Knows When
  • Only Shallow

0 voters

Horribly overrated

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Agreed but they’re hardly a ‘1’ for me so a ‘2’ it is.

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Rated correctly as ‘very good’.

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Taught me to have patience with music. No doubt a gateway into loads of new genres for me too. Still never heard anything else like it.

Still remember the first time I heard Only Shallow and couldn’t believe what I was listening to.

I don’t really get on with Isn’t Anything but Loveless and m b v are all timers for me.

5

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I missed seeing them first time around but finally got to see them live at the barras in 2008.

It was great up until the horrendously named holocaust section which I left about 5 minutes into. I don’t really see the point of putting an audience through an aural endurance test but then I’ve never been a fan of the idea that a band being loud = them being good.

Still, soon is still excellent eh?

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A 4.
Came along well after they’d fucked off and liked the second album, a lot. Then they released m b v which was… Fine? And then I saw them love at the barrowlands and I got it.

Not enough for a 5. But a high 4.

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To be continued…

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3/5 (voted up from a 2.5/5)

Just a bit 🤷 about them really

Have dutifully tried to like Loveless over the years, but it’s just not very good, two or three tracks aside. The real talent on display with this lot was Alan McGee’s ability to hype mediocrity.

Did allow us to have the fantastic Weatherall remix of Soon though, so they can’t be a one

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A bit boring. A couple of good tracks. 2

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Just absolutely don’t get it. One of those bands where I feel like everyone else is hearing something completely different to me. 1/5.

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Kind of hard to rate. It’s really a case of one perfect album, and a solid (if small) discography otherwise. And a very good live band. Fucking hell, Loveless though, what an album. Still tear through it multiple times a year and it never gets old, it seems to be infallible to the changing of generations in a way few albums are, gaining new fanatics all the time, introducing people to the beauty of dense layers of sound through its immaculately crafted noise pop, changing the way people see music forever. To this day it remains a great leveller among my friends, an album everyone can agree on, regardless of their preferences of genre, a record that brings people together. The rest of their catalogue is enough to prove that album wasn’t a fluke, but not enough for anything really to come close (though enough people will bat for Isn’t Anything ). But could I really rate the band that made Loveless anything other than a 5? Nope, can’t do it, that’s a 5 for me.

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Incredible band. Obviously the general sound of Loveless gets a lot of attention when they’re talked about critically these days, but the real reason that album stands up so well is that the songs are so good. I Only Said - Come in Alone - Sometimes might be my favourite three track run on any album.

When I saw them live in 2007 (another Barrowlands attendee here) they opened on I Only Said and I just broke out into a huge grin and couldn’t stop - it sounded huge, loud, full and perfect. Best gig I’ve ever seen.

Can’t make my mind up on them. Sometimes I listen to them and think “this is really good” and other times I think “this is quite unpleasant”

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Five.

Another should be my thing but aren’t band.

Started by not getting Loveless but ended up actively disliking it.

Haven’t bothered to listen otherwise.

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Loveless is a classic. The reunion and Kevin’s antics has made them a bit of a joke but I can forget all that when listening to Loveless. First heard it when I was 14 and still blows me away.

1/5.

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