Galaxie 500

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Galaxie 500 was a trio: Dean Wareham, Naomi Yang, and Damon Krukowski. The band formed in Boston in 1987, and broke up in 1991. While the band was active, it released three albums on Rough Trade Records: Today (1988), On Fire (1989), and This Is Our Music (1990). Since the band’s demise, three additional archival recordings have also been released: Uncollected (rarities and outtakes, 1987-90), Peel Sessions (recorded for BBC Radio 1′s John Peel Show, 1989 & 1990), and Copenhagen (recorded live by Danish National Radio, 1990). The three original albums have now been remastered and reissued on LP, as they originally appeared. On CD, each has been packaged with one of the three archival discs as a bonus. These physical releases are available worldwide from 20-20-20.
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Albums

AU 002 Galaxie 500 - Today album art Galaxie 500 Today (Album) Aurora Records (2) AU 002 US 1988 Sell This Version
ROUGH US 74 Galaxie 500 - On Fire album art Galaxie 500 On Fire (Album) Rough Trade ROUGH US 74 US 1989 Sell This Version
ROUGH CD 156L Galaxie 500 - This Is Our Music album art Galaxie 500 This Is Our Music (Album) Rough Trade ROUGH CD 156L Europe 1990 Sell This Version
RCD 10373 Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen album art Galaxie 500 Copenhagen (Album) Rykodisc RCD 10373 US 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AU 001 Galaxie 500 - Tugboat / King Of Spain album art Galaxie 500 Tugboat / King Of Spain (Single) Aurora Records (2) AU 001 US 1988 Sell This Version
G5SF 1 Galaxie 500 - Blue Thunder / Hail album art Galaxie 500 / Straitjacket Fits Galaxie 500 / Straitjacket Fits - Blue Thunder / Hail(7", Promo) Rough Trade G5SF 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RT 249 Galaxie 500 - Fourth Of July album art Galaxie 500 Fourth Of July (EP, Single) Rough Trade, Rough Trade, Rough Trade RT 249 UK 1990 Sell This Version
RTT246 CD, RTT246CD, RTDCD066, T246CD, DCD066 Galaxie 500 - Blue Thunder album art Galaxie 500 Blue Thunder (Single, EP) Rough Trade, Rough Trade, Rough Trade RTT246 CD, RTT246CD, RTDCD066, T246CD, DCD066 UK 1990 Sell This Version
none Galaxie 500 - Rain album art Galaxie 500 Rain (Single) Caff Corporation none US 1989 Sell This Version
promo Galaxie 500 - Snowstorm / Pictures album art Galaxie 500 Snowstorm / Pictures(7", Promo, Tra) Plexifilm promo US 2004 Sell This Version
DOMG500CDP Galaxie 500 - Radio Sampler  album art Galaxie 500 Radio Sampler (CD, EP, Promo, Smplr) Domino DOMG500CDP Europe 2009 Sell This Version
none Galaxie 500 - Temperature's Rising album art Galaxie 500 Temperature's Rising Yeti Publishing LLC none US 2013 Sell This Version

Compilations

VRCD 0355 Galaxie 500 - Selected Galaxie 500 album art Galaxie 500 Selected Galaxie 500 (Comp) Rykodisc VRCD 0355 US 1996 Sell This Version
RCD 10355 Galaxie 500 - Galaxie 500 album art Galaxie 500 Galaxie 500(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM + CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM + ) Rykodisc RCD 10355 US 1996 Sell This Version
RCD 10445 Galaxie 500 - The Portable Galaxie 500 album art Galaxie 500 The Portable Galaxie 500 (Comp) Rykodisc RCD 10445 US 1998 Sell This Version
XXX Galaxie 500 - Uncollected album art Galaxie 500 Uncollected (Comp) Rykodisc XXX US 1996 Sell This Version
202020.02 Galaxie 500 - Peel Sessions album art Galaxie 500 Peel Sessions (Comp, Album) 20|20|20 202020.02 US 2005 Sell This Version
6315732 Galaxie 500 - Today & Uncollected album art Galaxie 500 Today & Uncollected (Comp, Album) 20|20|20 6315732 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
6315792 Galaxie 500 - This Is Our Music & Copenhagen album art Galaxie 500 This Is Our Music & Copenhagen (Album, Comp) 20|20|20 6315792 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
202020.08 Galaxie 500 - On Fire & Peel Sessions album art Galaxie 500 On Fire & Peel Sessions (Album, Comp) 20|20|20 202020.08 US 2010 Sell This Version

Videos

none Galaxie 500 - Blue Thunder album art Galaxie 500 Blue Thunder (Single) Rough Trade none US 1990 Sell This Version
none Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July album art Galaxie 500 Fourth of July(VHS, Single, Promo) Rough Trade none 1990 Sell This Version
none Galaxie 500 4th Of July(VHS, Promo, PAL) Vanderquest none UK 1990 Sell This Version
015 Plexifilm, GALAXY 500 Galaxie 500 - 1987-1991 - Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste album art Galaxie 500 1987-1991 - Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste (Single) Plexifilm 015 Plexifilm, GALAXY 500 US 2004 Sell This Version

Reviews

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deepconcentration

deepconcentration

March 13, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
we've all heard the crass joke about what it would take to reunite the Beatles. if you could reunite any band, who would it be? of course, you'll never get the Beatles or the Clash... and so on for obvious reason. so does it make it less difficult that some bands just choose not to play together anymore?

i missed the final Galaxie 500 tour (opening for Cocteau Twins) and simply assumed they would be back through town in months, never knowing i was missing what seems to be my last chance. soon after, they were done, and i was left trying to marry my Damon and Naomi records to my Luna records, with no degree of success.

Galaxie 500 had a certain simple magic, like being stoned in an unfamiliar part of town on a bright spring day. when they first played for Kramer (who would become their producer) he thought they were "retarded", playing their "two-chord drone". it's that musical brevity, nothing excessive (except the reverb) that reflects on that pop music punk sensibility, that draws a line back directly to the Velvets. i'm sorry. doesn't everybody always have to say something about VU?

maybe it was the era. maybe it was the drugs. either way, the songs were fabulous, the sound was epic. there is an undeniable charm about Galaxie 500. now that Luna is defunct, it's time for these old college kids to make amends, and a new record or two. hey Dean, Damon and Naomi, come back and ride the fiery breeze!

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