Ride the Tiger (album)

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Ride the Tiger
Ride the Tiger (album) cover.jpg
Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released January 1986
Recorded December 1985 in Boston, United States
Genre Indie rock
Length 50:18
Label Coyote
Producer Clint Conley
Yo La Tengo chronology
Ride the Tiger
New Wave Hot Dogs
(1987)New Wave Hot Dogs1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]

Ride the Tiger is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Yo La Tengo. It was released in 1986 by record label Coyote.


The song "Big Sky" is a cover of The Kinks' song from their album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. The song "A House Is Not a Motel" is a cover of Love's song from their album Forever Changes.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ira Kaplan, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Cone of Silence"   2:49
2. "Big Sky" Ray Davies 2:46
3. "The Evil That Men Do"   4:11
4. "The Forest Green" Kaplan, Georgia Hubley 3:23
5. "The Pain of Pain"   5:35
6. "The Way Some People Die" Dave Schramm 3:37
7. "The Empty Pool" Dave Weckerman 2:21
8. "Alrock's Bells"   4:08
9. "Five Years" Tony Rubin, Schramm 3:45
10. "Screaming Dead Balloons"   3:17
11. "Living in the Country" Pete Seeger 2:14


Yo La Tengo

  • Ira Kaplan – vocals, guitar
  • Dave Schramm – vocals, guitar
  • Mike Lewis – bass guitar
  • Georgia Hubley – drums

Additional personnel

  • David Bither – saxophone
  • Mike Tchang – saxophone
  • Chris Nelson – trombone
  • Clint Conley – bass guitar
  • Dave Rick – bass guitar



  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Ride the Tiger – Yo La Tengo | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "[Ride the Tiger review]". Q: 131. September 1994. 

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