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UKNY For November 28: Shoegazing

Ride's Mark Gardener, Andy Bell, Loz Colbert and Steve Queralt at FUV (photo by Sabrina Sitton)

Ride's Mark Gardener, Andy Bell, Loz Colbert and Steve Queralt at FUV (photo by Sabrina Sitton)

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We've had a bounty of live music on WFUV over the last few days, so it seemed a perfect excuse to revisit one of my favorite sessions of this year on UKNY at 11, with the reunited Oxford band Ride, and to dip into the forthcoming five-album set, Still A Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995, released on Cherry Red on January 26.

Although tagged by music journalists of the era as "shoegaze," Ride's music transcended easy categorization; the quartet's debut album, Nowhere, remains one of the most influential albums of the '90s. To mark its 25th anniversary this year, the record was reissued as Nowhere 25 (expanded to 15 tracks) accompaned by a bonus DVD of a previously unreleased 1991 concert from London's Town and Country Club and a 36-page booklet with notes from Ride guitarist Andy Bell. When Ride visited WFUV this fall, they played three tracks from Nowhere, including the beautiful "Vapour Trail," and discussed their reasons for reuniting after twenty years.

Following the session with Ride, more of their "shoegazing" compadres, including a new live track from Slowdive and selections from Still A Dream.

Away for the long Thanksgiving weekend? You can catch up to UKNY on demand in the FUV weekend archives up to two weeks after broadcast.

Songs Played:

1. FUV Live Session with Ride (“In A Different Place,” “Polar Bear,” “Vapour Trail”)
2. Lush, “De-Luxe,” Still In A Dream: The Story of Shoegaze, 1988-1995
3. Cocteau Twins, “Iceblink Luck,” Heaven or Las Vegas
4. Slowdive, “Avalyn (live),” single
5. Chapterhouse, “Falling Down, “ Still In A Dream: The Story of Shoegaze, 1988-1995
6. My Bloody Valentine, “Loomer,” Loveless