PRINT February 1997


Galaxie 500

So, a few years ago I’m at Wasteland in LA and I hear this fantastic music: sort of a dense mix of trance, overripe pop, sonic hooks, and incompetence. Yum. I ask the deeply cool cashier, “What’s playing?” He replies, numbly, “GALAXIE 500.” Oh, okay. So I’m thinking, I’ve got to get some of this stuff. Forget it. You can’t get it anywhere, because Galaxie 500 were already out of business. They were history, and their sounds had entered the fetish phase of the alt. music universe: a rare and pricey cult product. But one morning, in a tiny London record store, my search is rewarded. Sure enough, under the G file, a CD of This Is Our Music at a bargain basement price. Very cool. I bring it home and play it over and over. I make a tape and pop it into my car. Canyons, streets, and skies float by, veneered by Dean Wareham’s deadpan vocals and Naomi Yang’s and Damon Krukowski’s gorgeously rhythmic

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