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From shoe +‎ gazing, because of the tendency of such performers to look down rather than at the crowd and the heavy use of effect pedals.



shoegazing (uncountable)

  1. (Britain, music) A type of Britpop or other indie music of the 1990s, characterised by a dreamlike sound making much use of effect pedals, and by a detached or introverted performance style.
    Synonym: shoegaze
    • 2006, James Buckley, Celebrate Myself, page 12,
      " [] Anyway, correct me if I'm wrong here, Danny, but wasn't it you who told me that true shoegazing began and ended with Slowdive's 12-inch debut: the imaginatively titled, 'Slowdive'?”
      “You're taking me out of context here, dude. What I meant was that it was the epoch of the genre. The other bands still made a valid contribution, they just didn't define the moment."
    • 2011, Barney Hoskyns, Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits, page 491,
      Johansson and Sitek started out in more faithful lo-fi style before filtering the songs through an indie-rock sensibility that's equal parts postpunk-gothic, 4AD dreampop, shoegazing drone, and TV on the Radio epicness.
    • 2013, Pete Crigler, Majorlabelland And Assorted Oddities, page 91,
      Then in 2003, they released Still Electric only on their website; with this album, they'd taken on more of a shoegazing style of rock, similar to Chapterhouse or Catherine Wheel.




  1. present participle of shoegaze

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shoegazing m (plural shoegazings)

  1. shoegazing