Galaxie 500 ‎– Blue Thunder

Rough Trade ‎– ROUGH TRADE T246, Rough Trade ‎– RTT246, Rough Trade ‎– RTD 066T
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A1 Blue Thunder (W/Sax)
Tenor Saxophone – Ralph CarneyWritten-By – Galaxie 500
A2 Victory Garden
Written-By – Thompson*, Cunningham*
B1 Ceremony
Written-By – Joy Division
B2 Cold Night
Written-By – Galaxie 500

Companies, etc.



Produced and engineered at Noise New York, 1989.

Made in England

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 014644 202466
  • Barcode: 5014644202466
  • Label Code: LC5661
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): RTT246A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): RTT246B1

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RTT246 CD, RTDCD066, T246CD, DCD066 Galaxie 500 Blue Thunder(CD, Single) Rough Trade, Rough Trade, Rough Trade, Rough Trade RTT246 CD, RTDCD066, T246CD, DCD066 UK 1990 Sell This Version
RTT 246 Galaxie 500 Blue Thunder(12", EP, TP) Rough Trade RTT 246 UK 1990 Sell This Version



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February 11, 2011

So there you are, cursing down the highway, tank full of gas, distant headlights far off in the rear view mirror, the evening sky blessed by a big ol’ moon who’s yellow glow meshes with that of the dashboard lights, you and your Dodge Dart are one, and everything is perfect ... though despite the fact that the radio’s turned on, there’s no station worth listening to, though truth of the matter is, the radio’s not working. Which is pretty much were Dean Wareham found himself back in 1987, but the circumstances were so wonderful that even the silence didn’t matter, making for the perfect opportunity, by being in the right place at the right time, to turn the silence into a song about a recognized moment in time. “Blue Thunder” is a stunning lament, a song like road weary travels for the last thousand years have been writing and singing, often just to themselves, to pass the time. “Blue Thunder” is the first song from the album On Fire, and is one of the best the trio has ever done; balancing this understated, slow, droning, steadily building number that forever edges towards a quivering, loving climax ... and it’s all about a beat-up Dodge Dart.

“Victory Garden” by the Red Krayola’s, and “Ceremony” from New Order/Joy Division are brilliant covers, one of Galaxie 500’s strongest talents ... where they musically manage to slow down the pace while keeping the melodic melancholic inspiration in place, leaving Dean Wareham’s vocal delivery to bring the songs home in a fashion that leads one to believe that the original versions were actually the covers. Blue Thunder is a UK Import only, and like the record, even the disc is now long out of print, so finding a copy may prove difficult, but well worth your while. There of two versions of the song “Blue Thunder,” with and without sax, you get the sax here, making for a nice variation to be treasured for all time.