Galaxie 500 Vinyl, CD & tapes by Galaxie 500 at Norman Records
Dream pop as disaster, Galaxie 500 made sparse, spacey love songs and then let Dean Wareham loose, his wailing and whining proving a hit to teen indie kids with feelings everywhere -- or was that just me, crying and clapping, over and over? They hit their creative peak in the middle of things, with the wonderful, surreal, sad and funny On Fire. A record about watching TV on your own, being too high to queue and running as far away from your problems as possible, it ended with the best of things: a really melodramatic version of George Harrison's already dramatic "Isn't It A Pity?". Isn't it indeed.
The trio (also featuring Damon Krukowski and Naomi Young) had a long, loud legacy in tribute to the friend's car they named themselves after. Records Today and This Is Our Music may have been a little more understated, but offered the same strange juxtaposition of desperate and lackadaisical. Dean went on to do largely the same kinda thing as before in the lesser known Luna, while Krukowski and Yang developed further shennangians as Damon and Naomi, offering a series of slowcore that began with the fittingly titled More Sad Hits. Sad songs are always the best, aren't they?