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Galaxie 500

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There are two bands with the name Galaxie 500:
1) an American alternative rock band that formed in 1987 and split in 1991
2) a francophone indie garage rock formed in 2002 in Montreal, Canada, and now known as GALAXIE

1) Galaxie 500 formed in Boston, MA in 1986 and comprised vocalist/guitarist Dean Wareham (a transplanted New Zealand native), bassist Naomi Yang and drummer Damon Krukowski, longtime friends who first met in high school in New York City before all three attended Harvard University. Wareham and Krukowski initially teamed in the short-lived Speedy and the Castanets, which was just the two of them playing a sort of mock punk; later, the duo recruited Yang to play bass.

Named after a friend’s car, Galaxie 500 began performing live throughout Boston and New York before recording a three-song demo tape which they sent to Shimmy Disc honcho Kramer, who agreed to become the trio’s producer. In early 1988 the singleTugboat was released, followed by their full-length debut, Today.

After signing to the U.S. branch of Rough Trade, Galaxie 500 issued 1989’s On Fire, including the single Blue Thunder. The band did a few critically acclaimed cover songs; the Beatle’s Rain , Joy Division’sCeremony and The Velvet Underground’s Here She Comes Now. The group returned in 1990 with This Is Our Music, including the single Fourth of July and a cover of a Yoko Ono’s piece called Listen, The Snow Is Falling. Following a subsequent tour, Galaxie 500 disbanded. Dean Wareham left to form the band, Luna. He later said playing with Galaxie 500 was ,” … too much like a job.”

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  • thelionrampant

    cover of "ceremony" has me on the floor

    16 Jun 10:32pm Reply
  • SirSomaCruz

    cool song

    10 Jun 9:41pm Reply
  • mattmacneil

    V yes I totally agree. Considering the fact that the original is such a sketch of a song; they filled in instrumentation flawlessly.

    16 Apr 7:12pm Reply
  • helvettt

    Seriously, Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste is one of the best songs ever recorded. They always made great covers, but that one is just outstanding.

    9 Apr 2:48am Reply
  • agutainen4ad

    cool dudes

    19 Mar 12:26am Reply
  • bgk90

    I'd say they're a bit shoegaze, but without all the effects? Perhaps minimalist..

    22 Feb 10:35am Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    Another reunion I'm waiting for

    5 Feb 10:26pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    @Pulsars Try the band Felt

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Pulsars

    Haven't quite found another band with a similar guitar tone and lyrical mood. Any suggestion?

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tenrapid

    i dunno, i hear nothing shoegazer in their sound... nothing to do with them being from the US. never understood them being called shoegazer.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CURED

    More like ceilingaze.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • bradleybee

    They were from the US instead of the UK. Other than that, what about them is NOT shoegaze? It would seem to me that their sound was a huge influence on many of the prototypical bands in the genre. Someone disagrees?

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Ah, one of the sexy time bands from the days of old/yore.

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • luiz_kogut

    So sincere, so sad, so real

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    EFRIM, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE, COME BACK TO THE TRA LA LA BAND :(

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • traytray89

    Twinkiegaze

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • johannez1

    The whole "[insert band name here] is not [insert tag here]" thing is getting a bit tiring, to be honest, seriously, it's just annoying when half of the shoutboxes on Last.fm are dedicated to discussions like that, it's not like you can do anything about the tags anyway, so why don't we all just try to ignore stuff like that and just focus on talking about the actual quality of the music instead? Can't we just talk about how fucking awesome Galaxie 500 were instead? They were fucking awesome.

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ZioBobby

    Well if you look at this page http://www.last.fm/tag/shoegaze/artists you'll notice that half the bands tagged as shoegaze aren't shoegaze indeed. I'll never understand lastfm users' tagging. RYM is way better.

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Pulsars

    Try listening to them with a fever. I'm on fire.

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Brilliant!

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
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