Galaxie 500 - Classic or dud?

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Galaxie 500 - to me they never set a foot wrong, and split before they became tedious (two thirds of Luna's output and half of Damon & Naomi's).. or should they be shot for spawning a million tedious slow bands?

electric sound of jim, Wednesday, 5 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Unsuccessful bands (in the money/widespread aclaim sense) that spawn millions are by definition classic. I think they had a few dud songs but definately classic overall. And I would switch your tedium ratios for Luna and D&N, and that's still being generous to D&N and unduly harsh on Luna.

nickn, Wednesday, 5 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

For some reason, I always side with the rhythm section.

electric sound of jim, Wednesday, 5 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

On Fire was beyond seminal for me when it came out. I couldn't believe music could be so beautiful. So classic, hell yes.

Mark, Wednesday, 5 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

ON FIRE is a complete classic. "Blue Thunder" is untouchably great, and their cover of "Ceremony" is celestial. Bless'em.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 5 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Galaxie 500 Rule!!!!

They were an utterly undebatable classic.

Michael Taylor, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Grand. AMG rants available on request.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Classic, especially "On Fire". When I heard the original version of "Isn't It A Pity" I was let down quite a lot.

Nude Spock, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Outrageously classic for a band with such an, ahem, untrained singer. Still, don't dis Luna - which other band has had the nous to cover both Bonnie and Clyde and Sweet Child o' Mine in drone-pop style? For any Wareham fanatics, check out the 4th track on the 6ths Wasps' Nest album - sublime doesn't describe it.

baboon, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

They were a classic group!.. but "This Is Our Music" was not perfect... although it had many gems, it was their weakest of the 3.. "On Fire" is perfect... an amazing Lp.. perfect from start to finish.. "Another Day" is amazing!

Damon & Naomi is great and Luna is cool too.. but Galaxie 500 is amazing!

Did you ever see the movie HIGHBALL?.. Dean Wareham is in it and does the music.. He plays Justine Bateman's date... He sings "Frankie And Johnny" kereoke.

Todd, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

D&N didn't need so many records, but two at least belong in every collection. Playback Singers and, uh, any other rilly.

Sterling Clover, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Today and On Fire are really good. The other two albums in the box set you don't really need. 'Strange', 'King Of Spain' 'Oblivious', 'Plastic Bird', their version of 'Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste' - all these are fantastic!

youn, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Sorry.

youn, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Really.

youn, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

There's some form of perfection in the intro to "Decomposing Trees" from On Fire. Loved Everett True's "whizzened innocence" description from MM yers ago.

Love their 3 LPs. "Listen The Snow Is Falling" puts Yoko Ono in a whole new light.

David Gunnip, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

"Listen The Snow Is Falling" puts Yoko Ono in a whole new light.

Yoko Ono's original of Listen, The Snow Is Falling is beautiful, what do you mean? Whereas Galaxie 500's cover is one of the few things of theirs that bores me.

You're dead right about the intro to Decomposing Trees, though. How did they do that? It is total perfection. I could imagine a poem that was the analogue of that intro. Sadly, I couldn't write it.

Nick, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Baboon, you are right about that The 6ths album. I think that's the best song on the album. It's weird, though, because the entire song sounded like I'd heard it before upon first listen. That guy's voice is so effin' cool.

Nude Spock, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

yeh, they were good. as for Luna and D&N, I'vbe always felt Bewitched is the best Luna album and Playback singers is the best D&N. Magic Hour was good too.

g, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

That first 6ths album is pretty good all the way through - don't know why I always see it in sale bins and second hand. The song that Dean sings is one of the best on it. The very, very crap Tullycraft cover of it should be destroyed.

Magic Hour? Oh god no. That guy's voice makes me want to be sick.

electric sound of jim, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Don't miss the posthumous live G500 LP, Copenhagen, either.

nickn, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

You know, unless Ally stumbles across this thread we may well have found a unanimous ILM classic.

Nitsuh, Thursday, 6 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Sorry Nick, I haven't actually heard Yoko's version. Must check it out.

David Gunnip, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Sorry - I've never been able to phantom Galaxie 500. That voice! Even worse than the muppet out of Mercury Rev! I've tried to listen to them several times with charitable intentions but I...Just...Don't...Get...It. I think their classicist reverence for the VU lineage irritates me, particularly. Unanimity begone!

Edna Welthorpe, Mrs, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Sort of agree with this in a small way. Recently put This Is Our Music on the record player for the first time in 8 years and the voice did annoy me a little although between the ages of 20-23 I thought they were one of the coolest and precious treasures. And yes, the VU reference is a bit one dimensional with hindsight. Will always love them however.....

David Gunnip, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

You know, I would just like to say that VU was about the most boring influential band that ever existed. I sort of like "Loaded" and I think the Andy Warhol banana one was decent, but that's not much. And even those have their lame spots, for sure. Galaxy 500 never reminded me of them until I heard their first album, and then I think it was more because I'd heard the comparisons or read comparisons in the liner notes. Lou Reed is really terrible on his own, as well. So, am I a VU fan? Two albums?? Not really.

Nude Spock, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

You lose a lot of credibility saying that you can't hear the VU in Galaxie 500. It's pretty blatant. Although I always thought Galaxie 500 was ripping off the Dream Syndicate, ripping off the Vels.

Dave225, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Galaxie 500 are great. Lou Reed solo isn't great - unless you're talking about Metal Machine Music. Which is the fourth best album i've ever heard - roughly

Tony, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I don't know how Tom can say that Alex from NYC has the worst taste on this board when Nude Spock is around to talk his happy horseshit all the live long day. Dissing the VU while raving abt one of their most glaringly obvious sappy imitators - talk abt yr reevaluation of all values!

Andrew L, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

The VU influence is evident in style but largely absent when it comes to tone and mood, which I think is much of what makes G500 valuable. VU = dark, seedy, abraisive, and then rather mannered and baroque on non-dark/seedy/abraisive tracks like "Stephanie Says" or "I'll be Your Mirror" -- G500 = airy, gray shot through with bright colors, lazy loose and intimate. The affect (not a typo -- psychological affect, not effect) is completely different. VU are like walking down a dirty sidewalk in shiny new boots, G500 are like a parader's wave in slow motion. VU strut, G500 could never.

Admittedly, I tend to focus on that sort of thing more than direct technical or structural links ...

Nitsuh, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Me too, Nitsuh, and that's why the VU thing doesn't bother me. Anyway, I'm sure that if the VU hadn't existed that kind of sound would have evolved anyway. Going on about the VU in reference to Galaxie 500 seems to me to either be pointless parading of rock history knowledge or else insensitivity to the kind of mood/tone issues that Nitsuh mentions.

Nick, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Nitsuh, that's fantastic!!!

Hi, Mrs. Welthorpe! I think you should cast the next muppets movie.

youn, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Blimey Nick. I do think 'rock history' is important, a bit. For me, music's a continuum rather than just a series of isolated events and explosions. It's interesting/useful/relevant to know how we got to where we are now. Pop and rock acts promise us 'the new' the whole time - are they delivering? Or are they giving us the same old same old, a watered down, second-hand imitation of something done better once before? And how are you going to find out if you don't at least have SOME interest in 'rock history'?

I know that too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing, and that people who have never heard the VU can have interesting and enlightening things to say abt a Galaxie 500 rec or whatever. Prob. more interesting, 'cos they haven't drowned in all the cliches, received ideas, half-truths etc. of VU rockwrite. But I really don't buy your argument that G500 might well have existed w/out the VU. God knows I'm as sick of the whole VU 'myth' as anyone who was once a fan, but I think that that sound is far more original than you're suggesting, this almost unique coming together of folk, the avant- garde, free jazz, r'n'b, rock and pop. And, you can still hear all those things going on in Velvets recs, whereas all I hear in G500 - bits of loverly 'texture' notwithstanding - is one DOMINATING influence (there, gulp, I said it!) that isn't made use of in an esp. interesting way. I mean, it's more than a fair cop to point out that some kind of relationship/similarity exists between the two groups, isn't it? Just for the sake of erm 'the historical record' or whatever. And don't you like it when new groups can turn you onto old groups and you end up liking the old group better sometimes? I imagine there are B&S who will one day hear a Nick Drake rec and kick themselves!

Maybe I just don't like G500 because they copped an alb title from Ornette Coleman.

Andrew L, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Andrew: I'm not saying we should ignore the technical history, which is interesting in its own right. I think what I'm saying is that when evaluating a specific band -- what makes that particular band unique and valuable, or what makes their music resonate with their fans -- it's important to look past those historical concerns to how they were employed. There are hundreds of bands that sound a lot like VU, and dozens that sound a lot like them in the same way that Galaxie 500 does; what's interesting about G500 in particular isn't the VU blueprint that underlies some of their material, but where they're trying to take it.

The way I read Nick's comment -- that G500 could have existed without VU -- isn't that G500 would necessarily have sounded exactly like they did in the formal sense, but that they quite likely would have been able to create the same tones and moods using different tools.

Nitsuh, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Yeah. But his "On Fire" was nowhere as good as theirs.

ahem.

Seriously, I think the VU influence was precisely the feel. It was as if Cale had stuck around for the s/t album, & they had gone all acoustic-ish anyway.

Sterling Clover, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I've got nothing against people knowing about rock history per se. I was just objecting to it being used to pigeon hole a band as sappy imitators when for me it is, for reasons such as Nitsuh outlines, doing something distinct and worthwhile. I don't get the influence beyond a similar slowburning guitar sound. And I'm suggesting that would have developed anyway. There were lots of other unique things that the VU did, I know, but I was talking about their influence on Galaxie 500.

Nick, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Sterling: I think this might go back to my whole theory of What Indie Is -- the whole slanting-a-blueprint concept. G500 are clearly picking up on a VU-based blueprint*, which is all well and good, but what makes them uniquely G500 -- as opposed to, say, uniquely Yo La Tengo, who pick up on the VU blueprint as well -- is the distortion built into their actual construction, which completely replaced the spirit/attitude that seemed to underly VU records. This is maybe best summed up by Naomi's design work for Today, an image that has everything to do with G500 but is completely inapplicable to VU.

* Although I'd argue that the VU elements they borrow aren't the ones that, in the end, actually defined VU: it's pretty hard to imagine them doing faithful covers of "Waiting for the Man" or "Sister Ray" or even "Sweet Jane," which is a lot closer to the influence they're taking. And the influence is slightly indirect -- the most they've ever sounded like VU was while covering a Jonathan Richman song.

Nitsuh, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Galaxie 500 is unique next to Yo La Tengo as White Light/ White Heat is unique next to The Velvet Underground.

Dave225, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I remember reading an online article that interviewed Dean and Ira Kaplan (separately) where the interviewer asked them about the VU influence - something like "You are the clearest example of the VU sound today." Dean got pissed at this and insisted there was no comparison, and Ira acknowledged it gracefully. I don't think either band is so similar to the Velvets that a big deal should be made about it.

nickn, Friday, 7 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

two weeks pass...
The first 2.5 songs on On Fire are a total cringeworthy dud. At least the Magic Hour had guitar solos and a singer who doesn't sound like Kermit. Not that I plan on listening to them soon either though.

Even my sister, who by her own admission has never heard a slowcore band she disliked, thinks On Fire is sort of a cute, enjoyable, OK album, not a masterpiece of any sort. What's so exceptional about it?

sundar subramanian, Tuesday, 25 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Sundar --

I'm thinking your question deserves a thoughtful reply, so I'll offer this: the value of On Fire lies in the fact that it's surprisingly un-like "slowcore," as that particular genre happened to accrete. "Slowcore" gradually became concerned with its own sonic smoothness: low bubbling organ lines, richly-processed guitars, a pervasive sense of stillness, comfort, a fluffy-pillow phenomenon. On Fire has some resemblances in this sense. But On Fire is one of few records I can think of which are tagged as "slowcore" despite sounding surprisingly real, almost garage -- despite the only processing being reverb, really, and tracks like "Strange" letting you hear the band very much as you'd imagine them sounding in a really large garage. "Slowcore" went for this richness and softness, whereas G500 had a hollowness to their sound that's always really appealed to me.

More importantly, On Fire is not really slowcore, when you get down to it: if you get a chance, go back and listen to "Strange" and notice how really active and passionate it is. (The guitar solo practically makes me imagine fireworks launching.) Quite a bit of the record feels this way to me: what I tend to marvel at is the way three instuments, free of much processing or adornment, lock together to form these fairly dramatic constructions. Hyperbolic as it sounds, the word I'm looking for is probably "glorious." Honestly, the starts of those guitar solos on "Strange" sum it up: they come sweeping in so gloriously.

Nitsuh, Friday, 28 December 2001 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Everybody Felix! it's Felix's birthday everybody Felix He's old in the best way.

Zack, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

one year passes...
CD80 "portable" Galaxie 500 go!

Tugboat
King of Spain
Flowers
Pictures
Parking Lot
Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste
Oblivious
It's Getting Late
Instrumental
Blue Thunder
Snowstorm
When Will You Come Home
Another Day
Isn't It a Pity
Victory Garden
Ceremony
Fourth of July
Listen the Snow is Falling

(my faves, weighted towards the first album and b-sides, 81:15)

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 6 November 2003 01:48 (twenty years ago) link

i couldn't do a CD80. my selection would look like the box set, except it would include their peel sessions too

the surface noise (electricsound), Thursday, 6 November 2003 01:55 (twenty years ago) link

that's mostly chronological too, btw.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 6 November 2003 02:12 (twenty years ago) link

nabisco and sterling upthread arguing about the VU influence compounded with spencer's omission of "summertime" from his best of makes me sad (ie, "summertime" is straight out of the 2-chord VU songbook).

"summertime" was my favorite song of theirs... i put it on every mix i made for myself for a period of about 5 years. i haven't listened to them in forever but if I did, it would be "summertime"".

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 6 November 2003 02:27 (twenty years ago) link

i think "this is our music" is a perfect album. obviously dean's lyrics are dodgy at times but other than that there is not a single mis-step on that record.

the surface noise (electricsound), Thursday, 6 November 2003 02:28 (twenty years ago) link

spencer's indie c80 revival spree is coinciding nicely with my revisiting the early-mid 90s this week

strongo hulkington's ghost (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 6 November 2003 02:30 (twenty years ago) link

What an insane revival!! I just listened to the first two CDs from the box this afternoon, and actually read through this whole thread not 3 hours ago. Actually thought about reviving it myself, but wanted to relisten to the other discs in the box first. Weird coincidence.

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 6 November 2003 02:37 (twenty years ago) link

this was one of my first three threads

the surface noise (electricsound), Thursday, 6 November 2003 02:39 (twenty years ago) link

I wonder if my reviews are still up. *checks AMG* Yup. Opinion unchanged.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 6 November 2003 02:52 (twenty years ago) link

yeah, those sound pretty nice!

tylerw, Thursday, 25 March 2010 00:48 (fourteen years ago) link

maybe those shows will send him back in that G-500 direction ... wasn't crazy about the last Dean & Britta record. Some decent stuff, but a fair amount of boring stuff too.

tylerw, Thursday, 25 March 2010 00:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Usually on lists like that there's at least one (if not more) record that's surprising, but mix all ten of dean's picks together and you basically get Galaxie 500. He knows what his influences were.

dlp9001, Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:34 (fourteen years ago) link

dunno, Combat Rock is sort of surprising. You'd think that Beat Happening or Television would be in there as well.

tylerw, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Agree with the Television point. Didn't think of 13th Floor Elevators, but now he's mentioned it I totally hear them all over Galaxie 500.

Cream Of Some Young Guy, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:40 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...

I wish someone would have schooled me on this band earlier in my life. I don't remember which song it was now, but way back in like '93 or '94 someone put a song of theirs on a mixtape and I thought "this singer sucks", always avoiding them from that day on. Stupid stupid stupid.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 28 June 2010 22:44 (fourteen years ago) link

tbf he is kinda a shitty singer

insert your favorite discriminatory practice here (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 28 June 2010 22:45 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah he is, but I wish I hadn't written off everything else about them at the time. His shitty singing is pretty much besides the point.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 28 June 2010 22:47 (fourteen years ago) link

also hard to imagine this band with anyone else's shitty singing

call all destroyer, Monday, 28 June 2010 22:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Well, Naomi sang on a song or two. Actually one of my favorite tracks from On Fire features her...

dlp9001, Tuesday, 29 June 2010 02:01 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

galaxie 500 = so good. was listening to that "portable g-500" comp last night. made me feel 16 again! in a good way.

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 November 2012 20:03 (eleven years ago) link

did that mike mcgonigal oral history book ever come out?

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 November 2012 20:04 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

So Damon played slow on purpose, right?

calstars, Sunday, 22 November 2015 19:34 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

G500 is Perfect bar music

calstars, Saturday, 2 July 2016 02:05 (eight years ago) link

Heard one of their tunes last week for the first time in a long while and it really hit the spot.

Frankie Teardrop Explodes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 July 2016 02:28 (eight years ago) link

I'll drive sooooo far awayyyyhh

Treeship, Saturday, 2 July 2016 02:44 (eight years ago) link

I just wanna be your tugboat captainnnnn

calstars, Saturday, 2 July 2016 02:48 (eight years ago) link

They should play a one-off at the prospect park bandshell just 'cause

calstars, Saturday, 2 July 2016 02:49 (eight years ago) link

I'll drive sooooo far awayyyyhh

That was the tune!

Frankie Teardrop Explodes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 July 2016 03:07 (eight years ago) link

seven years pass...

https://i.imgur.com/hDO1KOF.jpg

calstars, Tuesday, 31 October 2023 21:33 (eight months ago) link

eight months pass...

Ethan Miller announced this morning:

GALAXIE 500 • Uncollected Noise New York ’88-‘90

The complete uncollected Noise NY studio recordings. A 2xLP, 24 track journey through rarities + outtakes including never-before-heard songs.

Listen + preorder now on 2xLP, 2xCD, 2xTape and digital...

https://galaxie500.bandcamp.com/album/uncollected-noise-new-york-88-90

jaywbabcock, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 14:24 (two days ago) link

Was super excited to see that in my inbox this morning, instant purchase.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 14:26 (two days ago) link

Vinyl looks dope too and seems to be reasonably priced

calstars, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 14:40 (two days ago) link

wow!

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 14:47 (two days ago) link

Shoot You Down is KILLER.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 15:07 (two days ago) link

Yeah, unheard Galaxie 500 was an instant purchase from me this morning.

spastic heritage, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 15:53 (two days ago) link

a lot of it already released in the Ryko box set but still plenty of unreleased tracks on here... bought!

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 16:01 (two days ago) link

The Blue Thunder (Sax) CD-EP was a prized posession of mine for years due to the 1-2 cover punch of Victory Garden and Ceremony, both on the Ryko CD of On Fire and the box set. Don't mind paying for them again. They're that good.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 17:05 (two days ago) link

“I wanna live!”

calstars, Thursday, 11 July 2024 02:06 (yesterday) link

xp to 11 years ago, that Mike McGonigal oral history book did come out and it's really good, with lots of graphic content showing how Naomi cut and pasted all of their early visual content (fliers, cassette covers, band stationary, etc.)

henry s, Thursday, 11 July 2024 10:24 (yesterday) link

An old girlfriend bought me that G500 box set for Christmas a long time ago. That was a damn fine present.

This was an instant buy for me as well, I fell for the fancy version.

Cow_Art, Thursday, 11 July 2024 11:41 (yesterday) link

Stupid question that I could possibly confirm with some targeted googling, but I missed out on that box set. Is the disc of extras that came with that the same one that came with the Domino 2010 reissue of Today? Seems like it, but I wasn't sure if they were any different.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 July 2024 15:32 (yesterday) link

they're the same — this new release is basically the "expanded edition" of that collection.

tylerw, Thursday, 11 July 2024 15:35 (yesterday) link

Cool, thanks! Still all in on the new one, was just curious about the older one.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 July 2024 15:35 (yesterday) link

totally — g500 is the rare band where I want to pretty much hear every note they played ... b-sides, demos, outtakes, radio sessions, etc.

tylerw, Thursday, 11 July 2024 15:38 (yesterday) link

haha, yup!

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 July 2024 15:40 (yesterday) link

also, between this and the Sonic Youth archival stuff, I want to keep supporting Silver Current in this stuff in the hopes of more to come! they do a great job.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 July 2024 15:40 (yesterday) link

Where does the “uncollected” edition on Spotify fit in?

calstars, Thursday, 11 July 2024 17:12 (yesterday) link

iirc, that's the same disc I was referring to earlier, that was initially included in the Ryko box set and later again with the 2010 Today reissue.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 July 2024 17:14 (yesterday) link

it was also issued on its own outside the box set, although not until several years later

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 11 July 2024 17:21 (yesterday) link

here's the rundown though the "otherwise unreleased" tag is a little untrue, as you mention — you could get Uncollected as a standalone CD iirc.

GALAXIE 500 - Uncollected Noise New York '88-'90​
Track Listing:

​(February 1988 session)
1. Shout You Down (previously unreleased)
2. See Through Glasses (previously unreleased)
3. On the Floor (Noise NY version) (previously unreleased)
4. Can't Believe It's Me (Ryko Box Set bonus CD, otherwise unreleased)
5. Oblivious (Ryko Box Set bonus CD, Chemical Imbalance fanzine 7-inch)
6. King of Spain (Today CD bonus track, Aurora Records 7-inch B-side)

(July 1988 session)
7. Jerome (Ryko Box Set bonus CD, otherwise unreleased)
8. Song in 3 (Ryko Box Set bonus CD, otherwise unreleased)
9. Crazy (Ryko Box Set bonus CD, European Today CD bonus track)

(February 1989 session)
10. I Wanna Live (previously unreleased)
11. I Will Walk (previously unreleased)
12. Cold Night (On Fire CD bonus track, Rough Trade BlueThunder EP)
13. Ceremony (On Fire CD bonus track, Rough Trade BlueThunder EP)

(August 1989 session)
14. Never Get to Heaven (previously unreleased)
15. Maracas Song (Ryko Box Set bonus CD, otherwise unreleased)
16. Victory Garden (On Fire CD bonus track, Rough Trade BlueThunder EP)
17. Blue Thunder (w/sax) (Ryko Box Set bonus CD, Rough Trade EP)

(June1990 session)
18. Cheese and Onions (Ryko BoxSet bonus CD, Rutles Highway Revisited Shimmy Disc LP)
19. Fourth of July (video mix)
20. Cactus (previously unreleased)
21. Moonshot (previously unreleased)
22. Them (Ryko Box Set bonus CD, otherwise unreleased)
23.Final Day (Ryko Box Set bonus CD, otherwise unreleased)
24. Here She Comes Now (This Is Our Music CD bonus track, Rough Trade Fourth of July 12-inch B-side)

tylerw, Thursday, 11 July 2024 17:25 (yesterday) link

so 8 tracks of 24 actually previously unreleased

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Thursday, 11 July 2024 17:28 (yesterday) link

nice, thanks for that!

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 July 2024 17:42 (yesterday) link

g500 is the rare band where I want to pretty much hear every note they played ... b-sides, demos, outtakes, radio sessions, etc.

same. there's something about the elements being so simple that it's hard for me to imagine what a bad or uninteresting Galaxie 500 song would even sound like

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Thursday, 11 July 2024 20:21 (yesterday) link

Otm

Thrapple from the Apple (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 July 2024 20:25 (yesterday) link

Luna was fine but a whole different thing

Thrapple from the Apple (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 July 2024 20:25 (yesterday) link

ditto Damon and Naomi

henry s, Thursday, 11 July 2024 23:56 (yesterday) link

I love the whole extended galaxie — some of my favorite music ever, I guess

tylerw, Friday, 12 July 2024 00:23 (nine hours ago) link

classic

well below the otm mendoza line (Hunt3r), Friday, 12 July 2024 00:44 (nine hours ago) link


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