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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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  • bingbongbilly

    One of the best bands of all-time, but you never hear them on the radio.

    25 Feb 8:51am Reply
  • Spaceboy_

    All the other cool kids are reforming THEIR bands..

    25 Feb 1:27am Reply
  • drowsybaker

    good band, bad album covers

    22 Feb 1:29pm Reply
  • Crane79

    И какого хрена они числятся среди похожих исполнителей Mudvayne?

    21 Feb 4:27pm Reply
  • jamesdark

    @tjd9 He might actually be both at the same time

    31 Jan 7:53am Reply
  • tjd9

    Love them. I've gotten my 11 year old son hooked on them. He will either be the coolest kid in junior high, or total misfit.

    26 Jan 3:11pm Reply
  • helvettt

    Naomi Yang may be one of the coolest girls ever. And what a voice.

    5 Jan 10:04pm Reply
  • goldfishclowns

    @interhole Why would it matter if they're from Harvard? They made good music and that's all that matters.

    3 Jan 11:51pm Reply
  • Howsoonisnow-

    só amor

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • smoothysmoothy

    blue thunder is clearly post industrial. you are an idiot.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Mochitsuki

    Blue Thunder is sort of shoegaze-y but who cares what genre they are

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • IamFlood

    radical in the kinda way where i end up rolling around nude on the carpet

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JessicaOuhshit

    Someone wants a t-shirt?

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Britou

    Tão linda

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • bkelleher

    I think they're more twee (belle & sebastian) than shoegazey.. Goodness either way.

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Get the biggest speakers in the world out and get Galaxie 500 back on stage.

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • interhole

    if i'd known that they were some harvard pricks, i would've never listened to them in the first place. but it's too late for that now.

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • saud82

    "When will you come home" you guys?

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • l1lyone

    "i hear nothing shoegazer in their sound . . . never understood them being called shoegazer." this.

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    I would daresay that their discography is flawless. [3] This band had three phenomenal albums, and it's rare that a band can form, create music, and breakup without a single bad song under their belt. Fantastic.

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
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