Isn’t Anything turns 25
This week marks 25 years since the release of My Bloody Valentine’s groundbreaking ‘Isn’t Anything’ album.
Although many describe ‘Loveless’ as the bands crowning moment, it was ‘Isn’t Anything’ that laid the foundations and inspired a whole generation of bands to form. Just a year after its release Ride, The Boo Radleys and Slowdive all emerged naming the band as their main influence. Many of today’s artists still regularly namecheck the band as an influence, let’s face it there’s too many to list here.
‘Isn’t Anything’ was released a little over 12 months after Bilinda had joined the band (see video above) and they released their ‘Ecstasy’ mini-album on Lazy Recordings. At the time label boss Wayne Morris was spending all his time focusing on his current chart stars The Primitives, a few months later and a chance support slot with Biff Bang Pow in Canterbury and the band moved across to Creation. Gone was the anorak C86 sound and in came layers of feedback with Bilinda’s dream like vocals, you’d never heard anything like it before.
Although an independent hit upon release, the album failed to make the UK national charts. However in recent years the album has been called “one of the most important, influential British rock albums of the eighties” by Uncut, The Guardian ranked it number 17 in their “1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die” list and Pitchfork also named the album number 22 in their “Top 100 Albums of the 1980s”. The album finally made the UK National charts when it was reissued in 2012.
The late 80s was a great time for alternative music, Sonic Youth had just released ‘Daydream Nation’ only a few weeks before, but it was also a great time for Creation. ‘Isn’t Anything’ in many ways marked the quiet before the storm, after the success of The House of Love and the ‘Doing It For The Kids’ album and gig, Alan McGee spent much of 1989 in Manchester (or should that be Madchester?) only for the label to emerge triumphant in 1990 and finally score chart hits. The rest as they say is history.