I’ve always been a fan of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, where individual authors write a book about a single album. In the volume about My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Mike McGonigal writes:
Here’s a list of possible antecedents for Loveless: a baker’s dozen, mostly slow and dreamy, “pop”-based musical works which are equal parts raw invention and delightful melody, and that predate Loveless. (It’s a bit wanky, but it was fun to compile – and everyone loves lists, don’t they?)
He then goes on to suggest a playlist of sorts, starting with Eno’s “Needles in the Camel’s Eye,” and on through various songs (and a few full albums) by Faust, Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, and even electronic pioneer Delia Derbyshire’s weirdo White Noise project, among others. Well, everyone loves a good playlist, right (as I wrote here recently)? So I decided to take Mike a step further and mix all of these songs together into a single 46-minute playlist. Yes, admittedly also a bit wanky. His original list would have taken well over two hours to listen to, so I only included a few choice minutes of the 12-minute-plus opuses, but it’s all in the spirit of My Bloody Valentine: after all, they were making pop music. I also added into the mix one obvious antecedent, Dinosaur Jr., just because. Does Loveless sound like it could have sprung forth from this stew of droney noise-pop? Judge for yourself over at Mixcloud, where I’ve uploaded it with tracklist, or listen below.