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Ride are a shoegazing band from Oxford, England. They were active from 1988 to 1996, made a one-off appearance in 2001, then 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 Slowdive and Lush. While not having My Bloody Valentine's monstrously imposing sound, Slowdive's Dream Pop tendencies, or Lush's spaciness, they distinguished themselves mainly through a more aggressive, faster-paced sound that drew from classic rock and Punk Rock, and their all-male lineup (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Lush 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 sometimes 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 band-members admit to being inspired by Nirvana's Nevermind while recording), Power Pop and classic rock, giving it a sort of proto-Britpop sound. Once shoegazing collapsed, the band tried 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 Tarantula. During their break-up, Andy Bell served as Oasis' bassist.

On 21 February 2017, "Charm Assault" premiered, their first new single since 1996's "Black Nite Crash", and first new song in 21 years. The next day, they released another single, "Home Is a Feeling". Their fifth album, Weather Diairies, was released on 16 June.


  • Andy Bell guitar, vocals
  • Mark Gardener guitar, vocals
  • Steve Queralt bass
  • Laurence 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
  • Weather Diaries (LP) - 2017

Acid troping hunchback apparition:

  • 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.
    • Don't forget "Seagull", which if the vocals are ignored, pretty much serves as an Epic Instrumental Opener for Nowhere.
  • Fish-Eye Lens: The cover photograph for Carnival of Light.
  • Four More Measures: In "Dreams Burn Down".
  • Long-Runner Line-up: This band is a Type 3.
  • Lyrical Tic: Hearing "aah"s in many of their songs is quite common.
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: Nowhere; its just a picture of an uncrested wave.
  • New Sound Album: To a certain extent Going Blank Again, practically Carnival of Light.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: On the cover of Tarantula is a hand pointing a revolver at the "camera", showing 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".
  • Textless Album Cover: Nowhere, depending on the printing. Some of the earlier, rarer prints have the name of the album and band on it; nearly all of the vinyl copies have that.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Vocal duties are split pretty much evenly between Mark Gardener and Andy Bell.