Why shoegazers gaze at their shoes

Posted by by Ed Nolbed on 24 May at 09:12 AM

Above: typical shoegazers

As I was looking at a picture of myself playing guitar, I realized why players of shoegazer bands gaze at their shoes.

Many people thought this was a statement or an attitude. Maybe an expression of arrogance or camouflaged shyness. Some might even have thought that it was all about a bunch of musicians with back- or neckproblems. But, these aren’t the reasons…

I therefore would like to pone the following hypothesis: the term ‘shoegazer’ is based on a misperception. Shoegazer do not gaze at their shoes, they gaze at their instruments. Why do they gaze at their instruments? Because they can’t play all that well and they need to see what chords they take and where to put their fingers.

At least, that’s the reason why I look down so often while performing…

Below: Me gazing down

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# point_misser Aug 1, 2005 at 11.49 am

mmm – they don’t really gaze at their guitars, the thing that sets them apart from other guitar players is that they have about a million guitar pedals and they have to switch one and off every 4 bars, so they have to gaze at their fx pedals all the time to make sure they hit that critical extra bit of distortion or flanging at the right point.

 
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# Ed Nolbed Sep 7, 2005 at 08.13 am

Missing the point! Missing the point!
(trumans water)

 
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# http://learnguitarpickin.com/ Apr 24, 2006 at 08.00 am

Learn to play bass guitar…
This is great. You’ve obviously worked hard on this blog.

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