March 23, 2012

Ride - one of the seminal bands in the Shoegaze movement who aren't given much credit for it.

I thought I would end the week and start the weekend off with one of the most influential, yet somehow glossed over bands of the Shoegaze movement, Ride.

Ride formed in 1988 and quickly spearheaded what became known as Shoegaze; an ethereal mix of noise, guitars and haunting vocals. This was one of those bands you got stoned and listened to over and over. They had more success in the UK than they did in the U.S. (again, for no good reason - something I say a lot when talking about under-appreciated bands of any decade).

They eventually dropped Shoegaze in favor of more alternative Rock, while still maintaining an output of great albums and a small but loyal following. They eventually called it quits by the time the 90's were almost over (1996) and went separate ways and to different fortunes.

Tonight it's a BBC session recorded on February 4, 1990 and features three songs from that session:

1. Like A Daydream
2. Dreams Burn Down
3. Perfect Time

I realize it's been twenty-two years since that session happened and it still sounds fresh to me.

You may agree or you may not. But it's here to check out in any case.

Welcome to the weekend.

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