There’s a lot of good stuff in this just-published interview with Andy Bell in the ’90s issue of Guitar World – it covers his whole career from Ride through Hurricane #1 to Oasis, as well as new Happy Mondays spin-off Mantra of the Cosmos – including this bit on Graham Coxon of Blur encouraging him to get his first Gibson Les Paul, which does nothing to help the “I need a Les Paul”-itis I’ve been fighting all year:
I loved Graham’s fluid, bendy guitar style. That sort of elastic guitar playing appealed to me, and I remember saying to him, ‘How are you getting that sound?’ And Graham said, ‘It’s really simple; it’s just a Les Paul,’ and then he said, ‘See, you’re playing a 12-string Rickenbacker; the strings are not going to bend. You’ll kill your fingers trying to bend on that guitar.Andy Bell, Ride
“I hadn’t played bass to any great degree before I tried out for Oasis. When I was invited to come out and got on the plane, I didn’t have a bass”: Andy Bell looks back on crafting Ride’s mind-expanding shoegaze sound and playing in Britpop’s biggest band @ Guitar World
But the best takeaway was this Carnival Of Light-heavy, 5-song excerpt of Ride’s performance at Glastonbury 1994, taken from a Channel 4 broadcast.