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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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  • Howsoonisnow-

    só amor

    20 Dec 3:11pm Reply
  • smoothysmoothy

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

    25 Nov 4:39am Reply
  • Mochitsuki

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

    15 Nov 7:10pm Reply
  • IamFlood

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

    24 Sep 12:36am Reply
  • JessicaOuhshit

    Someone wants a t-shirt? https://www.facebook.com/JesStoreTees

    22 Sep 10:09pm Reply
  • Britou

    Tão linda

    19 Sep 6:27pm Reply
  • bkelleher

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

    10 Sep 9:22pm Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    i don't know what it is about this band and their songs, but i just can't keep myself from listening to them

    25 Aug 12:43pm Reply
  • bingbongbilly

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

    22 Aug 9:54am 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 11:21pm Reply
  • saud82

    "When will you come home" you guys?

    9 Aug 3:33pm Reply
  • l1lyone

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

    9 Aug 12:14am 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 1:28am Reply
  • goldfishclowns

    Galaxie 500 wrote some killer tunes, in fact, I would daresay that their discography is flawless. This band could've gone far if it wasn't for their sudden breakup.

    3 Aug 10:03pm 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
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