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Music genre
Stylistic originsAlternative rock, dream pop, space rock, psychedelic rock, noise pop, drone music
Cultural originsMid-late 1980s, United Kingdom
Typical instrumentsGuitar, vocals, bass guitar, drums
Mainstream popularityLow in the early and mid 1980s but gradually increasing since the late '80s into the early '90s; mostly underground since then.
Derivative formsNu Gaze
Subgenre listNu Gaze
Fusion genresPost-metalPost-rock
Regional scenesThe Scene That Celebrates Itself
Other topicsList of artists

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Shoegazing (also known as shoegaze) is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It lasted until the mid 1990s with a critical zenith reached in 1990 and 1991. The British music press-particularly NME and Melody Maker-named this style shoegazing because the musicians in these bands stood relatively 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 (shoegazing) during concerts.

The shoegazing sound is typified by significant use of guitar effects, and indistinguishable vocal melodies that blended into the creative noise of the guitars. A lump description given to shoegazing and other affiliated bands in London in the early 1990s was The Scene That Celebrates Itself. In the 1990s, shoegazing groups were pushed aside by the American grunge movement, forcing the relatively unknown bands to break up or reinvent their style altogether. Recent times have seen a renewed interest in the genre among "nu-gaze" bands.

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Georgetown University The Hoya--Most of the tracks revolve around the -Shoegaze- genre, for which the band is known best. As a subgenre of alternative rock, -Shoegazing- was a nickname built ... - Date : Thu, 14 Oct 2010 21:25:05 GMT+00:00
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Exclaim!--While it's a drag to see the siblings split up, it's comforting to see that Alejandra Deheza and Curtis will soldier on to support their -shoegazing- ... - Date : Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:08:03 GMT+00:00
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Irish Independent--This must be the theatrical equivalent of -shoe-gazing-. Giving us a clue as to the twilight zone we've landed in, he picks up Scott McLoud's 'Understanding ... - Date : Fri, 15 Oct 2010 23:37:33 GMT+00:00
Year Of No Light - Ausserwelt - DOA Tweet this news
DOA--Their second album Ausserwelt is a tour de force of massively atmospheric instrumental music drawing on elements of drone metal, -shoegazing- and even ... - Date : Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:04:40 GMT+00:00
Dusting 'Em Off: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge - Consequence of Sound Tweet this news
Consequence of Sound---...- on songs like “Thank You For The Venom”, and then two minutes later have you convinced that you might be listening to a -shoegazing- Blonde Redhead. ... - Date : Sat, 16 Oct 2010 12:04:18 GMT+00:00

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