Bilinda Butcher (My Bloody Valentine)

Bilinda Butcher, British singer with epicly noisy band My Bloody Valentine was born 16th September 1961. My Bloody Valentine are perhaps best known for the album Loveless which has gone on to become something of a classic to some. One of the most recognizable aspects of Shields’ music is his thick and dreamy guitar sound, associated with his later recordings with My Bloody Valentine. When creating My Bloody Valentine’s album Loveless, Shields became a relentless perfectionist and attributed the time involved to both their lack of resources (money to get their guitars in shape was one example noted) and simply not recording when there was no inspiration to guide them. So many mistook the main guitar track for ten to fifteen layered guitars. Although Most tracks ultimately were done in one or two takes with one or two main guitar tracks. The most notable exception is “To Here Knows When” which took months to create and even longer to mix. He went through 18 recording engineers before finishing Loveless.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE – LOVELESS http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zhxXn60Z0yk

After releasing the album Loveless Bloody Valentine signed on with the major label Island Records. Island ended up empty handed after financing the band for several years (finally spending approximately £500,000 according to Shields). Island cut off finances in 1997; however, Shields was still legally tied to the label until 2001 when the contract was finally terminated. In the meantime, Shields wrote many songs but never released them. The only work to come out of this period was two covers: We Have All the Time in the World (Louis Armstrong) on the 1993 Peace Together compilation; and a Wire cover on the 1996 tribute album Whore.Shields got work remixing and producing various musical acts. He has also played sporadically with Primal Scream since 1997. In 2003, he contributed music to the motion picture Lost in Translation, and was nominated a BAFTA for his efforts. Rolling Stone included Shields at number 95 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarist of all time in 2003. More recently, Shields had provided musical accompaniment to Patti Smith’s reading of her book The Coral Sea. In 2007, Shields expressed interest in a reunion and releasing a new album with My Bloody Valentine and announced that My Bloody Valentine had reunited and were recording new material and On 2 February 2013, they released the splendidly noisy MBV, their first album in over 20 years.

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