My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine
are an alternative rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1983. Since 1987, the band's lineup has consisted of founding members Kevin Shields (vocals, guitar) and Colm Ó Cíosóig (drums), with Bilinda Butcher (vocals, guitar) and Debbie Googe (bass). Known for their use of distortion, pitch bending, and digital reverse reverb, My Bloody Valentine's musical progression resulted in the band creating and pioneering an alternative rock subgenre known as shoegazing.  Loveless, which has been described as the band's magnum opus, was a major critical success. However, the band were dropped by Creation Records after its release, due to the album's extensive production costs. In 1992, My Bloody Valentine signed to Island Records and recorded several albums worth of material, although remained largely inactive. Following the departure of Googe and Ó Cíosóig in 1995, My Bloody Valentine later disbanded in 1997 and then reunited in 2007.

Links To Peel

In 1985, the band member Kevin Shields waited four hours for John Peel to come out of the BBC studio to give him his demo tape [1]. Since then Peel became a fan and regularly played their material. So concern of the band not producing any material for some time, that on 11 June 1993, he stated:

‘One of things I always dread, in a way, about bands that I really like becoming hugely famous is they seem to stop doing anything really. I mean, obviously a lot of them get into kind of serious drug abuse and disappear by and large. But the bands that you care for, as I say, it’s distressing when they become famous and don’t make records anymore. Whatever became of My Bloody Valentine are they still out there somewhere?

Festive Fifty Entries



1. Recorded: 1988-09-25. Broadcast: 05 October 1988. Repeated: 08 November 1988, 26 December 1988

  • I Can Feel It But I Can't See It / Lose My Breath / Colm's Song / Feed Me With Your Kiss

Other Shows Played

(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is certainly incomplete. Please add further details if known.)

My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise

My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise

'You Made Me Realise', a Peelenium 1988 and #06 in the 1988 Festive Fifty

  • 02 December 1986: By The Danger In Your Eyes (EP - The New Record By My Bloody Valentine) Kaleidoscope Sound  
  • 01 February 1990: (You're) Safe In Your Sleep (From This Girl) (album - Ecstasy) Lazy 
  • Peel 134 (BFBS): 'I Don't Need You (LP-Ecstasy And Wine)' (Lazy) 
  • 11 April 1990: Soon (12" - Glider E.P.) Creation 
  • 19 April 1990: Soon (Andy Weatherall Mix) (12" - Glider E.P. Remixes) Creation  
  • 30 April 1990: Soon (Andy Weatherall Mix) (12" - Glider E.P. Remixes) Creation 
  • 10 May 1990: (JP: "Shimmering loveliness, anyone?") Glider (12") CRE 073T (JP describing MBV gig at ULU at the end of the previous week: 'It was extraordinarily hot. When people say, "It was just like a sauna", it actually was just like a sauna. I was drenched within seconds of going in there. It was rather embarrassing, because the couple in front of me were so deeply into each other that I thought it was only a matter of time before they started exchanging body fluids of one sort or another. I didn't really know quite where to look.')
  • 12 May 1990 (BFBS): Soon (Andy Weatherall Mix) (12" - Glider E.P. Remixes) Creation
  • 16 December 1990: The Love Gang (12" - This Is Your Bloody Valentine) Tycoon
  • 30 December 1990: 'Soon (EP-Glider)' (Creation) FF #02 (JP: 'I reckon that the last two tracks were certain for the top five of the Festive Fifty, as I said before, but I never reckoned the winner would be the winner. It was a very very close thing between one and two: in fact, if it hadn't been for one sort of semi-spoiled ballot, the two would have been the other way round. But in the end, this came out as number one, and a great surprise to me.')
  • 20 February 1993: To Here Knows When (12" EP - Tremelo) 1991 Festive Fifty #37
  • 04 June 1993: ‘Thorn (12 inch – You Made Me Realise)’ (Creation Records)
  • 11 June 1993: ‘Drive It All Over Me (12 inch – You Made Me Realise)’ (Creation Records) 
  • 12 June 1993 (BFBS): Thorn (12" - You Made Me Realise) Creation
  • Peel Summer 1993: Drive It All Over Me (12" – Made Me Realise) Creation
  • 15 June 1999: Peel's answer to the "age-old musical question" posed by PS I Love You, "Where On Earth Is Kevin Shields?": "Sitting at home listening to the John Peel wingding on Radio One, every Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday night, I think, as he usually does." In fact, the missing My Bloody Valentine guitarist would soon be back in action playing with Primal Scream on the band's XTRMNTR album.
  • 19 August 1999: You Made Me Realise (session) (Steve Lamacq sitting in for John Peel)
  • 31 August 1999: Feed Me With Your Kiss (session)
  • 22 December 1999: 'You Made Me Realise (12")' (Creation) Peelenium 1988
  • 13 January 2000: 'You Made Me Realise (7 inch)' (Creation) All Time Festive Fifty #27
  • 19 January 2000: 'Soon (7 inch)' (Creation) All Time Festive Fifty #16
  • 15 May 2001: (When You Wake) You're Still In A Dream (LP – Isn't Anything) Creation
  • 24 May 2001 (Radio Eins): (When You Wake) You're Still In A Dream (LP – Isn't Anything) Creation
  • 21 October 2004: I Only Said (LP - Loveless) Creation (Robert Smith of The Cure sits in for John Peel)

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