Galaxie 500 ‎– On Fire

Rough Trade ‎– Rough CD 146
CD, Album

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1 Blue Thunder 3:45
2 Tell Me 3:50
3 Snowstorm 5:10
4 Strange 3:16
5 When Will You Come Home 5:21
6 Decomposing Trees
Tenor Saxophone – Ralph Carney
7 Another Day
Vocals – Naomi Yang
8 Leave The Planet 2:40
9 Plastic Bird 3:15
10 Isn't It A Pity
Backing Vocals, Organ [Cheap organ] – Kramer (2)

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Produced and engineered at Noise New York, 1989.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 5014644601467
  • Matrix / Runout: ROUGH CD 146 MPO 01 @@
  • Label Code: LC5661

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ROUGH US 74 Galaxie 500 On Fire(LP, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH US 74 US 1989 Sell This Version
RCD 10357 Galaxie 500 On Fire(CD, Album, Enh, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10357 US 1997 Sell This Version
ROUGH 146 Galaxie 500 On Fire(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Rough Trade ROUGH 146 UK 1989 Sell This Version
L 30280, ROUGH 146 Galaxie 500 On Fire(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade, Festival Records L 30280, ROUGH 146 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
RCD 10357 Galaxie 500 On Fire(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RP) Rykodisc RCD 10357 Europe 2001 Sell This Version



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February 11, 2011
edited over 7 years ago

Having only been around for about four years, Galaxie 500 were able to create three of the most glorious liquid neo-psychedelic albums of all time ... they flashed like a cigarette tossed from a passing car, bouncing off a wall at midnight, to forever hold your attention, because the beauty seen in that moment, like all lasting art, was recognized by but a few, witnessed by even less, and then went on to become the stuff of legend.

I feel forced here, to pick which of their albums echos with imperfect perfection, and that would, without a doubt be On Fire. Galaxie 500 stood in sharp contrast to much that was going on in New York at the time, they were more like The Beach Boys, bathed in that erie harmonic half light of the setting sun on a warm California afternoon, steeped in melancholy for the loss of another day, and filled with the apprehension that there was another waiting just over the horizon. There was a swirling sweetness to On Fire that often gets over looked ... probably because of it’s simplicity, and hazy imagery; harking back to “Oh! Sweet Nothin’,” “New Age,” and “I Found A Reason,” by The Velvet Underground. Dean Wareham was able to sweep washes filled with delay and reverb, and he did it with nothing more than two or three chords magically strung together in tender emotional bliss. The album has a palpable heat to it, like standing in front of a fire, and feeling the flames warm the backs of your hands. Yes, at times On Fire seems rather lazy, but is that the music, or its effect on the listener? Galaxie 500 do not have to reach out and grab you by the shoulders, they manage to slowly draw you in, gently spin you around, and bath you in sheer selfish delight ... and isn’t that what any good drug is supposed to do?

Galaxie 500, were able to make each note, each rhythm, each chord, and every syllable sound sincere.