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Ride was a {{Shoegazing}} band from Oxford, England. The band was active from 1988 to 1996, and briefly reunited in 2001. They were part of the wave of popular shoegazing bands that arrived in the wake of Music/MyBloodyValentine, such as {{Lush}} and {{Slowdive}}. While not possessing MBV's monstrously imposing sound, Lush's spaceyness or Slowdive's DreamPop tendencies, they distinguished themselves mainly through a more aggressive, faster-paced sound that drew from classic rock and PunkRock, and arguably through their all-male lineup (their contemporaries MBV, Lush and Slowdive had at least one female member).

Their first two albums ''Nowhere'' and ''Going Blank Again'' have been enshrined in the canon of essential shoegazing albums, with the former being considered the genre's second best effort after ''Loveless'', and the latter toning down the shoegaze tendencies in favour of influences drawn from {{Grunge}} (the bandmembers admitted to being inspired by {{Nirvana}}'s ''Nevermind'' while recording), PowerPop and classic rock, giving it a sort of proto-{{Britpop}} sound. Once shoegaze collapsed, the band attempted to stay relevant by reinventing itself as a full-on {{Britpop}} act with ''Carnival of Light'', which gained them some positive notice but no chart success, and increasing tension between songwriters Bell and Gardener led the band to break up during the recording of their swan song ''Tarantula''.

Since their breakup, Andy Bell has gone on to serve as {{Oasis}}' bass player.

Band members:
* Andy Bell - guitar and vocals
* Mark Gardener - guitar and vocals
* Stephen Queralt - bass
* Loz Colbert - drums

Discography:
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Ride]]'' (EP) - 1990
* ''Play'' (EP) - 1990
* ''Fall'' (EP) - 1990
* ''Nowhere'' (LP) - 1990
* ''Today Forever'' (EP) - 1991
* ''Going Blank Again'' (LP) - 1992
* ''Carnival of Light'' (LP) - 1994
* ''Tarantula'' (LP) - 1996
* ''Coming Up for Air'' (EP) - 2002
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!!Ride showcases the following tropes:
* CoverVersion - ''Carnival of Light'' has a cover of "How Does It Feel To Feel?" by The Creation.
* CreatorBacklash - The band eventually ended up hating ''Carnival of Light'', and took to calling it "Carnival of Shite".
* EpicRocking - Several of their songs exceed 6 minutes, "Leave Them All Behind" exceeds 8 minutes, "Grasshopper" is almost 11 minutes, and "Performance" (from ''Coming Up for Air'') is over half an hour of [[{{Improv}} improvisation]].
** Don't forget "Seagull", which if we discount the vocals pretty much serves as an EpicInstrumentalOpener for ''Nowhere''.
* FishEyeLens - The cover photograph for ''Carnival of Light''.
* NamesTheSame - This Andy Bell isn't the singer from {{Erasure}}.
** But this Andy Bell later joined {{Oasis}}...
* NewSoundAlbum - To a certain extent ''Going Blank Again'', practically ''Carnival of Light''
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou - The cover illustration of ''Tarantula'' shows a hand pointing a revolver at the "camera", nicely warning the listener beforehand what listening to the album feels like.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - "Seagull" swipes the bassline from "Taxman" by Music/TheBeatles.
* TextlessAlbumCover - ''Nowhere''
** Depending on the printing. Some of the earlier, rarer prints have the name of the album and band on it and nearly all of the vinyl copies have that.