By Mike McGonigal
<B>Loveless continues to be an enigma, 15 years after its unlock - an album so influential and groundbreaking that its leader author, Kevin Shields, has been not able or unwilling to liberate an reputable follow-up. In his booklet, Mike McGonigal talks to all of the individuals of My Bloody Valentine, in a nearly definitely futile try to get on the essence of this remarkable checklist.
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The decision to make an album so explicitly in deference/reference to one that had come out a few years earlier and had instantly been deified is a curious one. But Toral has always had an "oh-thank-you-but-so-and-so-did-it-firstand-all-the-credit-should-go-to-them" manner. We've been email pals for years and he's genuinely a humble guy, and in that way he's like Shields himself. Toral's one of those artists who liberally, excitedly points to his own influences (which also include Alvin Lucier, Nuno Canavarro, Brian Eno, and Sonic Youth), at times giving them more credit than they might deserve.
But the mixing desk didn't work. A brand new unit, it had been built faultily. And by the time people figured out what was wrong, thousands of pounds and months of effort had been wasted, the group went into "semi-meltdown," as Shields told Buddyhead. "We had come back from tour, done the deal, built the studio, and then the studio didn't work, so then we ended up fighting the record company over the fact that they never wanted us to build the studio in the first place," he explained. "They thought it was dangerous.
He had this amazing ability to keep things going" The chinchilla thing, however, is totally true. Kevin and Bilinda had a full-on chinchilla problem. Bilinda recalls that they had as many as twenty of the critters at once, but Kevin goes to pains to point out that fourteen chinchillas was the max (because, of course, twenty chinchillas is crazy but fourteen is nothing at all). "They all lived in this big room together, and the boys were separately from the girls," Bilinda laughs. "I had a very beautiful pedigreed chinchilla, and her husband was from a pet shop-he was actually the one who sort of set the whole chinchilla thing off, his name was Softy.