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Ride are a shoegazing band from Oxford, England. The band was active from 1988 to 1996. They briefly reunited in 2001. They reunited in 2014 for a 2015 tour in Europe and North America, and are still going today. They were part of the wave of popular shoegazing bands that arrived in the wake of My Bloody Valentine, such as Lush and Slowdive. While not possessing MBV's monstrously imposing sound, Lush's spaceyness or Slowdive's Dream Pop tendencies, they distinguished themselves mainly through a more aggressive, faster-paced sound that drew from classic rock and Punk Rock, and their all-male lineup (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), Power Pop 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.

During their breakup, Andy Bell served as Oasis' bass player.

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

  • 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

Ride showcases the following tropes:

  • Cover Version - Carnival of Light has a cover of "How Does It Feel to Feel?" by The Creation.
  • Epic Rocking - 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 improvisation.
  • Fish-Eye Lens - The cover photograph for Carnival of Light.
  • Four More Measures: In "Dreams Burn Down".
  • Lyrical Tic - It's not uncommon to hear "aah"s in many of their songs.
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: Nowhere, as its just a picture of a wave.
  • New Sound Album - To a certain extent Going Blank Again, practically Carnival of Light
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You - 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute - "Seagull" swipes the bassline from "Taxman" by The Beatles.
    • "Chelsea Girl" nicks the guitar melody from "Ticket to Ride" by the same band.
  • Textless Album Cover - 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.