You Are a Vapour Trail: Ride

A belated Happy New Years to everyone.

I admit, I have been missing in action. As anyone who lives in New England or the north-east can attest January 2011 has been a month of one large snow storm after another. And let’s not forget the occasional snow sleet and freezing rain storm to liven things up. One’s daily routine now consists of shoveling snow, work, and combing home from work to shovel more snow or chop ice. It all leaves one with just about enough energy to watch TV.


The English group Ride (guitarist/vocalist Andy Bell, vocalist/guitarist Mark Gardener, bassist Stephan Queralt, and drummer Loz Colbert) formed in Oxfordshire, England, in 1988. Their sound married the massive, trembling, distorted wall of My Bloody Valentine with a

simpler, more direct melodic approach.

Part of England’s shoegazing movement (so dubbed  by the British musical press because band members stared at their feet while performing) Ride 

with their keen sense songcraft and dynamics … for a while was proclaimed the last great hope of British rock

Signing with Creation Records in 1989 the group released it’s self-tilted EP later that year. With the original, "Chelsea Girl" and three other long noise-pop creations, the EP was praised by the critics, and even managed to make the U.K charts.

With it’s harder edged sound, Ride’s second EP, Play, entered the U.K. Top 40 when it was released in the spring of 1990. Both EPs were later combined as the eight song Smile, which would be America’s introduction to the group.

Nowhere, the band’s first album, was released at the end of 1990. With it’s mix of

delicious shoegaze-guitar-fuzz-echo

and songs like

the ambling "Dreams Burn Down," the magnificent "Vapour Trail" and "Taste"   

it was a significant hit, peaking at number 14 on the U.K. charts.

"Leave Them All Behind", the first single off 1992’s  Going Blank Again was a top ten U.K single, but it’s success and the album’s other strong songs; “Leave Them All Behind," "Time of Her Time" and "Cool Your Boots," simply weren’t enough to create an increased audience for the band’s music. A less then successful American tour that followed the album’s release created so such tension within the band, especially between Bell and Gardener, that the band took an extended hiatus.

Two years after the frustrations generated by the lack of  breakthrough success forced the band to take an extended break from themselves Ride re-emerged with their third album, Carnival of Light.

Carnival of Light was a major musical shift for the group. They abandoned their signature sound of

shatteringly loud, droning neo-psychedelia

for more conventional psychedelic rock, ending

Ride’s reliance on guitar textures, relegating deep-pile sensuality to a part- time hobby via Bell’s keyboard competence.

Tarantula, Ride’s fourth album was recorded during the summer of 1995. Tensions between Bell and Gardener escalated to the point that both quit the band shortly after recording was finished in August 1995. Even with that Tarantula was

just the kind of direct, unpretentious and easily likable guitar-pop album it always needed to make… and winds up sounding like a young Teenage Fanclub with more ideas and a different accent.

In January 1996 the band announced their break-up, Tarantula would be released two months later, in March 1996.

 DISCOGRAPHY

Albums 

Nowhere (CD) Sire Records 1990   
Nowhere (CD) Sire Records, Warner Music Japan 1990   
Nowhere (CD) Sire Records 1990   
Nowhere (Cass, CD, LP) Creation Records 1990   
Nowhere (CD) Sire Records 1990   
Nowhere (Cass, CD, LP, MP3) Reprise / WEA  1990   
Nowhere (CD) Sire Records 1990   
Nowhere (CD, MP3) Ignition Records, Label Jericho  2001   
Nowhere (LP) Rhino Records 2010   
Nowhere (2xLP) Creation Records 2010   
Nowhere (CD) Sire Records, Reprise Records 
Going Blank Again (Cass, CD) Sire Records 1992   
Going Blank Again (2×12") Sire Records 1992   
Going Blank Again (CD) Warner Music Canada, Sire Records 1992   
Going Blank Again (Cass) Creation Records 1992   
Going Blank Again (CD) Sire Records, Reprise 1992   
Going Blank Again (CD) Creation Records 1992   
Going Blank Again (2xLP) Creation Records 1992   
Going Blank Again (Cass, CD, LP, MP3) Reprise / WEA  1992   
Going Blank Again (CD) Creation Records 1992   
Going Blank Again (CD) Ignition Records 2001 
Carnival Of Light (CD) Sire Records 1994   
Carnival Of Light (2xLP) Creation Records 1994   
Carnival Of Light (CD) Sire Records 1994   
Carnival Of Light (CD) Creation Records 1994   
Carnival Of Light (CD) Sire Records Europe 1994   
Carnival Of Light (CD) Creation Records 1994   
Carnival Of Light (CD) Ignition Records 2001   
Tarantula (LP) Creation Records UK 1996
Tarantula (CD) Sire Records Canada 1996
Tarantula (CD) Creation Records UK 1996
Tarantula (CD) Sire Records Europe 1996
Tarantula (CD) Sire Records US 1996
Tarantula (CD) Creation Records UK 1996
Tarantula (CD) Ignition Records UK 2001

Singles & EPs

Ride (12", CD EP) Creation Records 1990
Play (12", CD EP) Creation Records 1990
Kaleidoscope (12", CD) Sire Records 1990
Fall (12" Promo) Creation Records 1990
Fall (12", CD EP) Creation Records 1990
Taste (7" Single) Creation Records 1990
Today Forever (Cass EP) Creation Records 1991
Today Forever (12") Sire Records 1991
Today Forever (CD Single) Sire Records 1991
Today Forever (12", CD EP) Creation Records 1991
Today Forever (12" Promo) Creation Records 1991
Vapour Trail (CD Maxi) Sire Records 1991
Like A Snowflake (7") Not On Label 1991
Twisterella (12" Promo) Creation Records 1992
Twisterella (7" Promo) Warner Bros. Records 1992
Twisterella (CD Single) Sire / Reprise 1992
Twisterella (12") Creation Records 1992
Twisterella (CD Single) Sire 1992
Twisterella (CD Single) Creation Records 1992
Leave Them All Behind (CD Maxi) Sire / Reprise 1992 Leave Them All Behind (12") Sire 1992
Leave Them All Behind (CD Single) Sire 1992
Leave Them All Behind (CD Maxi) Sire / Reprise 1992 Leave Them All Behind (12" Promo) Creation Records 1992
Leave Them All Behind (12") Creation Records 1992
Leave Them All Behind (CD Single) Creation Records 1992
Grasshopper EP (CD) Warner Music Japan / Sire 1992  I Don’t Know Where It Comes From (12") Creation Records 1994
I Don’t Know Where It Comes From (CD Single, CD1) Creation Records 1994
I Don’t Know Where It Comes From (CD Single, CD2) Creation Records 1994
Birdman (12") Creation Records 1994
Birdman (CD Single) Reprise Records 1994
Birdman (12") Creation Records 1994
Birdman (CD Single) Creation Records 1994
How Does It Feel To Feel? (CD Single) Creation Records 1994
How Does It Feel To Feel? (CD Maxi) Sire 1994
How Does It Feel To Feel? (12") Creation Records 1994 How Does It Feel To Feel? (7") Creation Records 1994
How Does It Feel To Feel? (CD Maxi) Creation Records 1994
Live (CD Single) Sire / Reprise Records 1994
Black Nite Crash (CD Single) Creation Records 1996
Black Nite Crash (12") Creation Records 1996
Black Nite Crash (CD Single) Creation Records 1996

Videos

Primal Scream / My Bloody Valentine / Ride – The Story Of Creation (VHS) Warner Reprise Video 1992

Compilations

Cosmic Carnival (CD) Sire/Reprise Records, WEA Japan 1994  
OX4 The Best Of Ride (
CD, 2xCD, 2xLP) Ignition Records 2001   
OX4 The Best Of Ride (2xCD) The First Time Records 2002   
OX4 The Best Of Ride (CD) Sinnamon Records 2003   
The Box Set
(3xCD) Ignition Records 2001  
Waves (CD) The First Time Records 2003   
Waves (CD, MP3
) Ignition Records 2003 

Miscellaneous

Smile (CD) Sire Records US 1990   
Smile (CD) WEA Music Of Canada, Sire Records 1990   
Smile (CD) Sire Records 1990   
Smile (CD) Creation Records 1992   
Smile (CD) Ignition Records 2001   
I Don’t Know Where It Comes From (CD Promo) Sire / Reprise Records 1994  
Coming Up For Air (CD) Ride 2002

Appears On

"Eight Miles High" Through The Looking Glass – 1966 (CD, LP) Imaginary Records 1990   
"European Son" Heaven & Hell – A Tribute To The Velvet Underground – Volume One (CD, LP) Communion Label  1990   
"European Son" Heaven & Hell – A Tribute To The Velvet Underground – Volume One (CD, LP) Imaginary Records 1990   
"Chelsea Girl (Album Version)" Follow Our Trax Volume V – Use Alternative Routes (CD) Reprise 1990  
"Chelsea Girl" Rough Trade – Music For The 90’s • Vol. 2 (CD) Rough Trade 1990  
"Taste" Un Printemps 1991 (CD) Oscar / Virgin France S.A. 1991   
"Taste" Un Printemps 91 (CD) Virgin France S.A. 1991   
"Today" Just Say Anything (Vol. V Of Just Say Yes) (CD) Sire Records 1991  
"Leave Them All Behind" IndieHits (Cass, CD) Telstar  1992   
"Twisterella"  Precious (Cass, CD, 2xLP) Dino Entertainment 1992   
"Twisterella" Follow Our Trax Volume 8: Another Disc, Another Planet (CD) Reprise Records  1992  
"From Time To Time" Class Of ’94 (Cass) Vox Magazine 1994  
"I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier" Just Say Roe (Vol. VII Of Just Say Yes) (CD) Sire Records 1994  
"Moonlight Medicine (Portishead’s Ride On The Wire Mix)" Further Self Evident Truths 2 (2xLP Promo) Rising High Records 1995   
"Moonlight Medicine (Portishead’s Ride On The Wire Mix)" Further Self Evident Truths 2 (2xLP) Rising High Records 1995   
"Moonlight Medicine (Portishead’s Ride On The Wire Mix)" Further Self Evident Truths 2 (CD) Rising High Records 1995   
"Moonlight Medicine (Ride On The Wire Mix)" Triphoprisy (Cass, CD, 2xLP) Squat Recordings 1995   
"Time Of Her Time"  …Hold On (CD) Melody Maker 1995  
"That Man" Long Agos And Worlds Apart – A Tribute To The Small Faces (12") Nice Records 1996  
"Drive Blind" Creation Records • International Guardians Of Rock ‘N’ Roll 1983-1999 (2xCD, 3xLP) Columbia 2000   
"Moonlight Medicine (Portishead’s Ride On The Wire Mix)" Portishead – Portishead Remix Collection (2xCDr) Not On Label (Portishead) 2002  
"Rolling Thunder" The Karma Collection (2xCD) Ministry Of Sound 2002  
"How Does It Feel To Feel?" Rarities: Volume 2 (CD) Not On Label 2003  
"Like A Daydream" Like A Daydream – A Shoegazing Guide (CD) Castle Music  2006  
"Vapour Trail" Selections From The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium (4xCD) Rhino 2007
 

Compilations

"Taste" Happy Daze – Volume One (CD, LP) Island Records 1990
"Chelsea Girl" Do You Believe In Love? (CD, LP) Creation Records 1990
"Like A Daydream" CMJ Presents Certain Damage! – Volume 31 (CD) College Music Journal 1990
"European Son" Out Of Time – The Very Best Of The Imaginary Tribute Series (CD) Imaginary Records 1991
"Taste" CMJ Presents Certain Damage! – Volume 32 (CD) College Music Journal 1991
"The Model" Ruby Trax – The NME’s Roaring Forty (2xCass, 3xCD, 3xLP) New Musical Express 1992
"Chrome Waves" All The President’s Men (CD, LP) Creation Records 1992
"Twisterella" Great Movement – Marithé François Girbaud (CD) Warner Music 1992
"Paralysed" The Best Of Bizarre Festival (1987 – 1992) (2xCD) Columbia 1992
"Time Of Her Time (Live)" Creation Tape (Cass) Select Magazine / Creation Records 1992
"Chelsea Girl" The Rock Collection: Indie Rock (2xCD) Time Life Music 1993
"Ride On Time" Five Alive (Cass) Melody Maker 1993
"I Don’t Know Where It Comes From (Single Version)" Top Hits Selections November 1994 (CD) Warner Music Japan 1994
"How Does It Feel To Feel ?" Generation Rock (2xLP) Chart Records 1994
"Leave Them All Behind" The Patron Saints Of Teenage (CD) Creation Records 1994
"How Does It Feel To Feel?" Indie Top 20 Volume 20 (CD) Beechwood Music 1994
"Birdman" Go Ape! (CD) The Hit Label 1994
"European Son" Fifteen Minutes – A Tribute To The Velvet Underground (CD) Imaginary Records 1994
"Only Now (US Remix)" Volume Twelve – Winter ’94 (CD) Volume 1994
"I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier (Live)" The Mutha Of Creation (Cass) New Musical Express 1994
"Let’s Get Lost" Secret Tracks 2 (Cass) Select Magazine 1994
"That Man" Long Agos And Worlds Apart – A Tribute To The Small Faces (CD) Nippon Crown 1995
"That Man" Long Agos And Worlds Apart – A Tribute To The Small Faces (CD) Nice Records 1996
"Moonlight Medicine (Portishead’s Ride On The Wire Mix)" The Real Trip – Further Self Evident Truths (CD) Rising High USA 1995
"I Don’t Know Where It Comes From" Music To Light Your Pilot By: Reprise Alternative Sampler (CD) Reprise Records 1995
"I Don’t Know Where It Comes From" Indie Top 20 Volume 21 (CD) Beechwood Music 1995
"Howard Hughes" Coming Down – A Creation Compilation (CD) Creation Records 1995
"Only Now" Sharks Patrol These Waters – The Best Of Volume Part 2 (2xCD) Volume 1995
"Leave Them All Behind" Truebrit – 40 Essential Indie Hits (2xCD) PolyGram TV 1996
"Vapour Trail" Priceless Creation (CD) Creation Records 1996
"Drive Blind" Noise Annoys – A Creation Compilation (CD) Creation Records 1996
"Natural Grace" Gobshite And Godsend – A Creation Compilation (CD) Creation Records 1996
"I Don’t Know Where It Comes From" The Mark Radcliffe Sessions (Cass) Vox Magazine 1996
"I Don’t Know Where It Comes From" Priceless Creation: Sampladelica (CD) Creation Records 1998
"Twisterella" Guitar Pop Jamboree – Starting (Here) (CD) Warner Music Japan 1999
"Vapour Trail" 18-Track Guide To The Month’s Best Music (CD) Uncut Magazine 2001
"Like A Daydream" Feedback To The Future (CD, LP) Mobilé 2003
"Leave Them All Behind" Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story (3xCD) Sire / Rhino 2005
"Beneath" Rare Trax Vol. 41 – Clouds Like Sugar – Shoegazing & Dream Pop (CD) Rolling Stone Germany 2005
"Vapour Trail" The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium (4xCD) Rhino Records 2007
"Nowhere" Sci-Fi-Lo-Fi Vol. 3 (Shoegazing 1985 – 2007) (CD) Soma Quality Recordings 2008
"Nowhere" Sci-Fi-Lo-Fi Vol. 3 (Shoegazing 1985 – 2009) (CD) Soma Quality Recordings 2009
"Taste" 100 Hits Indie (5xCD) Demon Music Group 2009
"Moonlight Medicine" Portishead – Remixes (LP) Not On Label (Portishead) 2010

Mixes

"Dreams Burn Down" Depth Affect – Mix#5 (MP3) Autres Directions In Music 2008
"Like A Daydream" Ning Nong – Ning Nong Typecast II (MP3) Type 2010

Videos

"Like A Daydream" The Creation Records Compilation (VHS, PAL) Creation / Virgin Music Video 1990
"Like A Daydream" Just Say Yes 1 (VHS) Warner Reprise Video 1991
"Taste" The Creation Records Anthology (DVD) Top Hat Productions 2005

Smile (1990)

Playing Time: 31:05

ride-smile

1. Chelsea Girl 2:57
2. Drive Blind 4:45
3. All I Can See 3:24
4. Close My Eyes 5:27
5. Like a Daydream 3:06
6. Silver 4:10
7. Furthest Sense 3:24
8. Perfect Time 3:52

Nowhere (1990)

Playing Time: 52:04

ride-nowhere

1. Seagull 6:08
2. Kaleidoscope 3:01
3. In a Different Place 5:29
4. Polar Bear 4:46
5. Dreams Burn Down 6:06
6. Decay 3:36
7. Paralysed 5:34
8. Vapour Trail 4:18
9. Taste 3:17
10. Here and Now 4:27
11. Nowhere 5:22

Nowhere (Part 1) (Part 2)

Buy Nowhere from Amazon.com

Buy Nowhere in 180 Gram Vinyl from Amazon.com

Kaleidoscope (1990)

Playing Time: 38:55

ride-kaleidoscopeplus 6 live tracks

1. Kaleidoscope (Album Version) 3:02
2. Seagull (Live) 5:52
3. Dreams Burn Down (Live) 5:36
4. Vapour Trail (Live) 3:28
5. In A Different Place (Live) 5:25
6. Nowhere (Live) 8:27
7. Drive Blind (Live) 7:05

Live in Milan 30 Sept 92

Playing Time: 68:57

1. Leave Them All Behind 8:59
2. Taste 3:13
3. Not Fazed 3:35
4. Sennen 4:08
5. Like a Daydream 2:35
6. Twisterella 3:43
7. Ox4 4:24
8. Time of Her Time 3:13
9. Making Judy Smile 2:39
10. Nowhere 9:25
11. Vapour Trail 3:49
12. Mouse Trap 4:57
13. Close My Eyes 4:53
14. Chelsea Girl 3:26
15. Drive Blind 5:58

Carnival of Light (1994)

Playing Time: 56:29

ride-carnival of light

1. Moonlight Medicine 6:49
2. 1000 Miles 4:59
3. From Time To Time 5:05
4. Natural Grace 4:39
5. Only Now 4:25
6. Birdman 6:38
7. Crown Of Creation 4:41
8. How Does It Feel? 3:39
9. Endless Road 3:30
10. Magical Spring 4:25
11. Rolling Thunder 2:08
12. I Don’t Know Where It Comes From 5:31

OX 4 The Best of Ride (2001)

Playing Time: 67:31

ride-ox4 the best of ride

1. Chelsea Girl 2:58
2. Drive Blind 4:45
3. Like A Daydream 3:06
4. Taste 3:17
5. Dreams Burn Down 6:04
6. Vapour Trail 4:17
7. Unfamiliar 5:09
8. Leave Them All Behind 8:16
9. Twisterella 3:42
10. OX4 5:05
11. Birdman 6:37
12. From Time To Time 4:39
13. How Does It Feel To Feel? 3:39
14. I Don’t Know Where It Comes From 3:25
15. Black Nite Crash 2:32

 

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