foodweneedfood said: Belly and Ruby were both awesome, dammit. I will not be shamed by this!
Hey, here’s a fascinating thing that I am becoming ever more aware of: “Shoegaze” and “dream-pop,” last seen consumed by The Nerds (and me) are currently popular? AMONG THE YOUTHS? You can literally Google Lush (the band) right now and find a bunch of Youths talking about their Coachella plans and how Lush released one of the greatest best-of compilations IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC.
I mean: I was scared to listen to their albums, in 1994, because the only thing I ever heard was angry man-Youths talking about how they were a bunch of talentless pussy girls with high voices who probably couldn’t even play their instruments. (Actual reader comment I remember from Rolling Stone’s Belly coverage: “You’re covering these guys now? What’s next? LUSH?”) But now? NOTHING BUT DREAMY YOUTHS! Youths using too much gratuitous reverb! Youths cultivating a slow, spacy groove! Youths getting into vaguely mystical-romantic-fairytale lyrical tropes! Youths dropping the phrase “dream-pop” on their popular Internet rap singles — Internet rap singles targeted toward the Youths! Youths listening to Lush. Even if they be man-Youths.
What I’m saying is: This could be Belly’s year. This could be your year. If you play it right, all the shame will rebound on me. As it so often does.