The Long Ryders

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American rock band formed in 1981 in West Los Angeles, CA.

The group was founded by Kentucky born guitarist Sid Griffin (previously of The Unclaimed) with drummer Greg Sowders (formerly of The Boxboys) at a jam session in the notorious ON Klub in Silverlake. The other guitar player was Steve Wynn, who soon left to form The Dream Syndicate, whereupon Virginia’s Stephen McCarthy joined after answering a want ad in a local newspaper. The original bass player was Barry Shank but he quit to return to graduate school and was replaced by ex-pat Englishman Des Brewer. This lineup recorded and released an EP 10-5-60, produced by ex-Sparks guitarist/former The Beach Boys engineer Earle Mankey. A US tour followed. Des Brewer dropped out at this point to continue his career as a longshoreman in San Pedro and was replaced by Indiana’s Tom Stevens (2).

The group signed to indie label Frontier Records and recorded their debut LP Native Sons which was produced by Henry Lewy. The album was called “a modern American classic” by Melody Maker and the band made the cover of the New Musical Express as well as playing live on the BBC’s Whistle Test TV show. The band toured the US in 1984, and Europe in March/April 1985. Next the band signed to Island Records and released the album State Of Our Union in September 1985, which hit number one in the College Radio/Alternative charts for four weeks. After a spring tour the band released Two Fisted Tales in early summer 1987. Produced by Ed Stasium, the album produced the hit single “I Want You Bad”.

Bassist Tom Stevens left the road to be with his family in August and by Christmas Stephen McCarthy left to write musicials. Island asked Griffin and Sowders for another album but they declined. Since then the band has released several reissues, The Best Of on Prima Records (2), released June 2004, and State Of Our Reunion (Live 2004), a reprise of the Ryders reunion tour released in October 2008. In 2014 the band played their first L.A. show in 27 years, the Earle Mankey Appreciation Concert. A short run of dates in Spain followed in December of that year. On January 22, 2016, Cherry Red released a four CD box set Final Wild Songs.
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Albums

MOP 3036 Native Sons — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Native Sons (Album) Frontier Records MOP 3036 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
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LR 1 A Conversation With The Long Ryders — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders A Conversation With The Long Ryders Island Records LR 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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C 38495 State Of Our Union — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders State Of Our Union (Album) Island Records C 38495 Australia & New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
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ILPS 9869 Two Fisted Tales — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Two Fisted Tales (Album) Island Records ILPS 9869 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
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prod. 002 Metallic B.O. — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Metallic B.O. (Comp) R.W.Y.C.O. prod. 002 US 1989 Sell This Version
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WINCD 058 BBC Radio One Live In Concert — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders BBC Radio One Live In Concert(CD, Album) Windsong Records WINCD 058 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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SID015 Three Minute Warnings: Live In New York City — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Three Minute Warnings: Live In New York City(CD, Album) Prima Records (2) SID015 UK 2003 Sell This Version
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SID021 State Of Our Reunion (Live 2004) — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders State Of Our Reunion (Live 2004)(CD, Album) Prima Records (2) SID021 UK 2007 Sell This Version
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BREDD734 Psychedelic Country Soul — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Psychedelic Country Soul (Album) Cherry Red BREDD734 UK 2019 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

PVC TM 501 10-5-60 — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders 10-5-60 (EP, MiniAlbum) PVC Records PVC TM 501 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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10005 Tell It To The Judge On Sunday — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Tell It To The Judge On Sunday(7", Single) Lolita 10005 France 1984 Sell This Version
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IS 237 Looking For Lewis & Clark — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Looking For Lewis & Clark (EP, Single) Island Records IS 237 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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none I Had A Dream — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders I Had A Dream (Single) Zippo Records, Demon Records none UK 1985 Sell This Version
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PR 828 Looking For Lewis & Clark / Lights Of Downtown — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Looking For Lewis & Clark / Lights Of Downtown(12", Promo) Island Records PR 828 US 1985 Sell This Version
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108565 State Of The Union. Tour 86 — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders State Of The Union. Tour 86(7", EP, Promo) Ariola 108565 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
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PR 2016 Gunslinger Man — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Gunslinger Man (Single) Ariola, Island Records PR 2016 US 1987 Sell This Version
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109 270 I Want You Bad — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders I Want You Bad (Single) Island Records 109 270 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
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SIDHIT007 Bear in the Woods — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Bear in the Woods(File, MP3, WAV, Single) Prima Records (2) SIDHIT007 US 2017
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none Down To The Well — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Down To The Well(2xFile, FLAC, Single) Prima Records (2) none 2020
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Compilations

ZONG CD 003 Native Sons / 10-5-60 — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Native Sons / 10-5-60 (Comp) Zippo Records ZONG CD 003 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
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314 558 280-2 Anthology (Looking For Lewis And Clark) — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Anthology (Looking For Lewis And Clark)(2xCD, Comp, RM) Chronicles 314 558 280-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
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SID016 The Best Of — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders The Best Of(CD, Comp) Prima Records (2) SID016 UK 2004 Sell This Version
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SID 024 Native Sons/10-5-60/Radio Tokyo/5by5 — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Native Sons/10-5-60/Radio Tokyo/5by5(CD, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Del) Prima Records (2) SID 024 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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CRCDBOX21 Final Wild Songs — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders Final Wild Songs(4xCD, Comp, Box) Cherry Red CRCDBOX21 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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Videos

60 01870 1936 The Long Ryders: Rockin' At The Roxy — The Long Ryders The Long Ryders The Long Ryders: Rockin' At The Roxy Classic Pictures Entertainment 60 01870 1936 France 2002 Sell This Version