The singer has taken on the song ahead of the recently reunited Oxford band’s 25th anniversary reissue of debut album, ‘Nowhere’.
Although the remix won’t feature on the reissue, you can hear the extended version of Smith’s reworking below.
Smith, a long time friend of the band, says: “I instantly remember songs like ‘Vapour Trail’… it’s one of the best 15 second intros of all time!”
Hear the remix below.
Ride have announced that they will perform their debut album ‘Nowhere’ in full for the first time at their upcoming UK live shows.
‘Nowhere’, released on Creation Records in October 1990, is widely cited as a classic of the shoegaze genre. It reached Number 11 in the UK charts first time around, and was eventually classified silver in the UK.
The band tour the UK later in October, playing shows in Leeds, Norwich, London, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Birmingham. They have now confirmed on BBC 6 Music that they will play a 45-minute set of varied material before returning for an encore of ‘Nowhere’ in full.
Guitarist and vocalist Andy Bell, who went on to play with Oasis and Beady Eye, said of the news: “I’m so excited about playing ‘Nowhere’ in full… I didn’t realise how few times we’d actually played most of the songs. And of course we have never played the album in its original track order before.
“All in all, it’s a big deal to us, and we haven’t been certain we could pull it off until now. We as a band are so proud of the album and we are aware that fans have been campaigning for us to perform it in full on this tour but it’s only now that we are sure we can do the album justice.”
‘Nowhere’ will be reissued on November 6. The new version will feature a DVD recorded at a 1991 concert at the Town & Country Club in London (now The Forum). It will be presented in a hardback cardboard case with a canvas-style cover, and include a 36-page booklet full of unseen photos and new sleeve notes written by Bell, compiled using the help of Ride fans via a Twitter Q&A.
Ride play the following live dates:
Leeds O2 Academy (October 11)
Norwich UEA (12)
London O2 Academy Brixton (14)
Liverpool O2 Academy (15)
Bristol Anson Rooms (17)
Newcastle O2 Academy (18)
Edinburgh Corn Exchange (19)
Nottingham Rock City (21)
Birmingham Institute (22)