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pretty ace really.
Going blank again especially. cool your boots is a tune
with Dreams Burn Down
the first few EPs were excellent. Their first LP Nowhere was extraordinary; possibly the best guitar album of the 90s.
Today Forever's first track might be my pick - anything off the back end of Nowhere could trump it.
By Going Blank Again they were trailing off.... after? Ditch it.
I think I've written the above a lot of times.
though GBA is excellent too.
or the GBA-era b-sides which are fucking amazing, even better than Today Forever
I'm still stunned by it a zillion years later, especially the brain aneurysm guitar explosion at the end. The whole EP was excellent as well - a superior version of Chrome Waves and then Grasshopper...epic post-rock before it had a label. I seem to remember really zoning out to that EP! I agree that the Going Blank again b-sides were great, but then I still regularly listen to the album. Today Forever is next favourite...Fall EP was also stunning
Carnival of Light was disappointing but another b-side of that era- 'Let's get lost' was a tune!
And the ending is more than perfect, a kick when you think it can't get any better.
Personally I prefer the early EP's then GBA then Nowhere. I've never listened to Carnival of Light or Tarantula ( if that's what it's called.) just never felt the need...
honestly, it's fucking terrible
But I can see why people don't as it's totally different to their earlier stuff. Birdman, Time to Time and 1000 Miles are among my favourite Ride tunes and I quite like the history of it and the first half being written by Gardner and the second by Bell. Tarantular is awful though. It's just the sound of Andy Bell trying to be in Oasis. To his credit it worked out ok if that was his goal.
every time I listen to them I get the inescapable feeling that... they are really shit
I'm not really sure why
Nowhere is really good, huh? They don't seem to be that similar to MBV - some squalling guitars and all that, but you can hear things like words and bass guitars, and the drums aren't all programmed. They sound like a band, whereas MBV sound like a christ-knows-what.
I just remembered, I have a signed single by Hurricane #1! They played the Virgin Megastore in Kingston, and I was there on lunch in 1999, maybe?
The single itself was forgettable, although there was an MBV remix of another tune, Rising Sign, that was great. So I bought it and got the band to sign it.
The remix has a sort of slowed down jungle beat behind it, so I guess this might be the only thing to be released from Kevin Shields' lost jungle phase (until mbv that is).
The point being that, er, Ride and MBV did eventually get along together fine, or something.