Ride will re-release Going Blank Again in a deluxe edition for its 20th birthday. Ride's albums Carnival of Light, Tarantula, OX4_The Best Of, and Smile will also be repackaged and reissued by the band's label Ride Music on August 20.
To celebrate the release, Ride are giving away Portishead's remix of "Moonlight Medicine", the opening track from Carnival of Light. The original track features organ by Jon Lord, the Deep Purple keyboardist who passed away this week.
The Going Blank Again reissue will come with a DVD of a show from London's Brixton Academy, which was originally released on VHS in 1992. It's also accompanied by a 36-page booklet of unseen photos, and new sleeve notes.
Listen to the remix HERE while reading singer/guitarist Mark Gardener and bassist Steve Queralt's recollections of how it came to pass:
"The song subject and title is about a highly charged, emotional, rather interesting rollercoaster ride of a night at a full moon summer party that I attended in a large chateau in the Dordogne region of France where LSD was consumed by all! We all had the run of the chateau and the grounds and enjoyed a legendary night. A very good mutual friend of all at the party and a close friend of mine at the time was Sara Lord who is the daughter of Jon Lord so I asked her to ask "dad" to come in and play some Hammond organ for us whilst we were finishing the recordings and mixing at Abbey Road studios. He came in and broke the first Hammond delivered to the studio, so after the second organ was hastily delivered to the studio we got these amazing Hammond takes from him for "Moonlight Medicine" and "At the End of the Universe".
"I remember at the time we wanted to approach a number of the big name DJs to remix the whole EP but were constrained by costs. Paul Oakenfold was extremely expensive. At the same time we had a promo of the first Portishead single which at the time sounded like no other music around, dark, atmospheric and heavy on the bass and drums. I certainly remember being very excited by it as was Loz so they made it onto our very short list of possibles. Thankfully, we pursued them and amazingly they agreed to do it.
The result was almost an education in itself. This is how you remix a song. Get rid of the original performance, take a slice of the vocal track and put your own composition behind it. The only similarities to the original tune are the vocal loop and general tempo. Oh, and the Hammond which was played by Jon Lord anyway so, for us to take any credit would be stretching it a bit.
Having said that, I'm still immensely proud to have the track as part of our catalogue. As a stand alone piece of music it is stunning, not only a cool Ride track but a really great Portishead one too."