In 1992, NME described Ride as "the only band that matters." In
six short years, Ride released five albums and a dozen EPs and
singles, from their self-titled debut to their final album
Tarantula, many with classic songs that never managed to make
their way onto a full-length. Of Ride's four studio albums, two
made their chart debuts in the Top Five and even their lowest
charting album still made it to #21. In the two years since the
demise of former label Creation Records (Ride, My Bloody
Valentine, Primal Scream, Oasis), the band has been working on the
compilation of a suitable "greatest hits" album. The result is
OX4 - The Best Of Ride. Fifteen tracks chosen specifically by the
band members to summarize their story (with bonus material on
the U.S. release).
Ride had tunes, noise, looks, style, confidence - everything. They
gave their fans something to believe in. From start to finish, the
band never rested on their laurels. They were constantly evolving
and always amazing. Along the way, they racked up a succession of
hits, packed venues across the world and sold out a 4,000-ticket
Japanese tour in just twelve minutes! Without Ride, the '90s
guitar band resurgence would have been completely different.
Their influence spans all genres, with a fan base that reads
like an A-Z of modern music - Noel & Liam Gallagher (Oasis),
Radiohead, Chemical Brothers, Supergrass, Blur and Tim Wheeler
all fell in love with them; The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev,
Peter Buck (REM), Courtney Love and Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
made a point of attending every Chicago gig, and Ride are cited as a
major influence on Coldplay, amongst others (Chris Martin admits
"In My Place" is just his own take on "Dreams Burn Down").
"Considered by most to be the flagship band for the entire movement,
Ride stood at the head of the shoegazing pack primarily because of
their keen sense of song craft and dynamics."
- Magnet Magazine