Formed at art school in Oxfordshire, in 1988, Ride were leading lights of the shoegaze scene, and within a year the quartet’s serrated guitar melodies were attracting unusual amounts of attention. Their 1990 debut EP for Creation Records reached number 71 in the U.K. charts, while the follow-up, the Play EP, entered the U.K. Top 40. Their debut full-length, Nowhere, was also successful, breaking into the U.K. Top 20 before the close of the year. Ride consolidated their position with the excellent follow-up, Going Blank Again (1992), which spawned the hypnotic U.K. Top Ten single "Leave Them All Behind." The lackluster Carnival of Light was released just as the Brit-pop scene was about to explode, to poor reviews; the band split following the release of Tarantula (1996). ~ Rovi Staff
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