Anglo For Your Ear: Ride’s “Vapour Trail”

There’s a Guardian article today about the revival of shoegazing, the woozy, depressive, anti-rock sound pioneered in the late ’80s/early ’90s by groups like Ride, My Bloody Valentine, and Chapterhouse. Shoegazing bands would usually stand in one position on stage and stare down at their feet, hence the name. The most successful of these bands was Ride, and they managed a major hit with the song, “Vapour Trail,” in 1990. Have a listen.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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