Probably unlike everyone else, this is not my least favourite Ride album. Black Nite Crash was the single that was released before the album. It is a great single, and I thought that it was a return to form.
I have to admit I was not a fan of the 60s pastiche Carnival of Light. In that album half the songs were penned by Mark Gardener and the other half by Andy Bell. In Tarantula they were nearly all written by Andy, causing it to be called his solo project. This was showing the growing tension within the band. It was a miracle that the fifth album was released.
Andy documents Mark’s divorce from the rest of the band, in the song Castle on the Hill. There is another school of thought that suggests that this is about Alan McGee instead.
A friend of mine, one of the few. Has locked himself away like Howard Hughes. They’re trying to replace him, but they know they never will. It ain’t the same without him on the castle on the hill.
It is the most heaviest Ride album, but not in a distorted, effects smothered way like Drive Blind. The heavy sound showed Andy and Mark’s vocals as not quiet strong enough. By the time Tarantula was released the band had split up, and the album was deleted after a week. Sadly Mary Anne is not the Glenn Campbell song, which Spacemen covered so well.