Category Archives: Slowdive

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).

Tape Archive #17: Live at Logo in Hamburg on 21 October 1993

This is another high quality recording from their October 1993 tour. This gig is noteworthy for a wonderful version of Melon Yellow as well as the infamous version of Morningrise introduced as Dolly Rocker by Rachel (as documented earlier here). This is a digital transfer of a DAT clone from the DAT master (@32khz/12-bit).

Tape Archive #16: Live at the Kantine in Köln on 12 October 1993

Archiving Slowdive’s October 1993 tour continues with this excellent recording of their gig in Köln, Germany on the 12th. Another fine performance by the band only slightly marred by some feedback during the first half of Machine Gun and a false start on Souvlaki Space Station. This is a digital transfer of a DAT clone […]

Tape Archive #15: Live at Gino in Stockholm on 17 October 1993

This is another recording from their October 1993 tour supporting Cranes. Unlike the other extant recordings from this tour, the sound quality is not that great. The audience seemed disinterested in the band, which Rachel noticed at the start (and commented on). However, they still put on a great show. This had been a somewhat […]

Tape Archive #14: Interview with Neil on Radio 1 on 3 September 1991

This backstage interview was conducted shortly before Slowdive’s set at the Marquee Club on the same date. Lasting just four minutes, it focuses on Neil’s influences, namely The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Cure. Neil also reveals his dislike of “Greatest Hits” albums.

Tape Archive #13: Live at Café Q in Gävle on 9 February 1992

Not many bands play in Gävle, Sweden. Slowdive have yet to return since their one and only visit on 9 February 1992, but at least we have a recording of their performance that day. This recording is special because it captures a very vocal female fan expressing her adoration before many songs (her favourites appear […]

Tape Archive #12: Private Interview at Café Q in Gävle, Sweden on 9 February 1992

The below 21 minute recording is one of the more interesting private interviews with Slowdive, conducted about an hour before their gig at the venue. It captures a buoyant, optimistic band full of opinions (and not afraid to share them) coming off the successful release of their first LP. They begin the interview with a […]