Category Archives: Slowdive

Video Archive #6: Live at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver 19-May-1992

This is another video recording from their May 1992 tour of the USA. They opened for Ride on this date. This video was taped by the same person who taped their May 18th gig. The video quality is fairly good, but there are some tracking problems/glitches (particularly in the early songs), due to the age […]

Video Archive #5: Live at the VK Club, Brussels 11-December-1991

The picture in this video is a bit grainy due to generational degradation, but it has some good close-up shots of the band members and it even includes some backstage footage of the band after the gig in the last 20 seconds. This video is notable for great performances of Ballad of Sister Sue, Morningrise […]

Video Archive #4: Live at Rock City, Nottingham 5-March-1991

This is the earliest extant video recording of Slowdive playing live that I am aware of. At the time of this gig Slowdive had only released two EPs, with a total of six published songs to their name. It shows a somewhat different band from later years: more reserved, with less movement on stage. We […]

Video Archive #3: Live at the Town & Country Club, London, 6 June 1991

This is one of the earlier Slowdive video recordings. We get a good sense of the lively, receptive crowds in London at the time. The video is centered on Rachel for nearly the entire gig, and other than a few moments when Christian pops into view, she is pretty much all we see. Unfortunately there […]

Video Archive #2: Live at Harpo’s, Victoria, BC 18-May-1992

This video recording is second generation from the master tape, which was shot with the permission of the band. It has some nice close-ups on all members of the band, though the lighting in the club was quite dim, therefore at times it is difficult to see what is going on. The audio is fairly […]

Video Archive #1: Poetic Frenzy

This Poetic Frenzy promo video was made for SBK records in 1991 to promote Slowdive in the USA. It consists of interview segments with Neil, Simon and Nick over a backdrop of two music videos: Shine and Catch the Breeze. (Strangely enough, Shine was never released in the USA by SBK.) Simon’s foretelling of how […]

Tape Archive #19: Private interview with Rachel, Nick and Christian on 8 April 1994

This interview was taped at Club Babyhead in Providence, Rhode Island, before Slowdive played their set that night. The interview is approximately 25 minutes long and topics covered include Christian’s pre-Slowdive band Eternal, the suicide of Kurt Cobain (who was found dead earlier that day), their current favourite bands, their songwriting process, tour stories, and […]

Tape Archive #18: Live at Birmingham University on 1 March 1991

This is one of the better sounding audience recordings from Slowdive’s early days, with rich bass and clear vocals. There’s some crowd chatter and a bit of tape hiss in the quiet parts, but it is not too bad (this tape is second generation from the cassette master).