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Oxford, United Kingdom (1988 – 1996)

Ride was an band which formed in 1988 in Oxford, United Kingdom and officially broke up in 1996. During that time they received much critical acclaim, and though this never translated into the chart and financial success that they aimed for, it seemed for a short while that the band could prove themselves as defying the fate that befell lesser bands. Since then, the band members have gone on to other projects:

The band members did a one-off television documentary in 2001; subsequently their entire catalogue was re-released, as well as archived live recordings and some previously unreleased outtakes.

Source: Wikipedia

1988-1989 Starting out
Gardener and Bell had been to Cheney School in Oxford, appearing in the school’s musical theatre productions and, in October 1988, moved to Banbury to do Foundation Studies in Art and Design. There they met Colbert. Queralt was recruited from a local record shop. After considering the name ‘Donkey’ the band called itself ‘Ride’ after a piece of graphic design Gardener produced for a typography workshop. The first gig as Ride was for the College’s Christmas Party in 1988. While still at Banbury the band produced a tape demo including the tracks ‘Chelsea Girl’ and ‘Drive Blind’. In February 1989 ‘Ride’ was asked to stand in for a cancelled slot at a student union gig at Oxford Poly that brought them to the attention of Alan McGee. After supporting The Soup Dragons in 1989, McGee from Creation Records signed a record deal with them.

1989-1993 Early Creation years


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