Ride (1988 – 1996, listen on Spotify)
Ride were maybe the ultimate shoegaze band, combining equal parts volume, melody and chops. Both 1990’s Nowhere and 1992’s Going Blank Again are classics of the era; their live shows rivaled My Bloody Valentine’s in sound and fury — in addition to the cranked guitars, drummer Loz Colbert was a beast behind the kit. After a successful transition into the Britpop era with 1994’s Carnival of Light before fumbling and fizzling out before 1996’s Tarantula hit the shelves. Singer/guitarist Mark Gardener formed the shortlived The Animalfarm with Colbert before going solo; singer/guitarist Andy Bell formed lame Oasis clones Hurricane #1 before joining Oasis as bassist in 1999 (which became Beady Eye last year).
Could it happen?†Andy Bell seems to be the holdout, telling the NME in 2007 that a reunion wouldn’t live up to expectations. But he can’t really be happy merely playing bass in Beady Eye, can he? While England might not care, a Ride reunion would be big news in America, at least†among†30-something Pitchfork readers.
We’d also welcome back:Pale Saints (with Ian Masters), Lush, The Boo Radleys, Slowdive, Curve…basically every shoegaze band of that era.