Ride is a {{Shoegazing}} band from Oxford, England. The band was active from 1988 to 1996. They briefly reunited in 2001. They have now reunited for a 2015 tour in Europe and North America. They were part of the wave of popular shoegazing bands that arrived in the wake of Music/MyBloodyValentine, such as Music/{{Lush}} and Music/{{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 Music/{{Nirvana}}'s ''Music/{{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''.

During their breakup, Andy Bell served as Music/{{Oasis}}' bass player.

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

* ''[[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
!!Ride showcases the following tropes:
* CoverVersion - ''Carnival of Light'' has a cover of "How Does It Feel To Feel?" by The Creation.
* 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''.
* FourMoreMeasures: In "Dreams Burn Down".
* 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.
** "Chelsea Girl" nicks the guitar melody from "Ticket to Ride" by the same band.
* 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.