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The Galaxie 500 and related artists FAQ Compiled by Andy Aldridge About this FAQ The latest version of this FAQ is always available on the WWW http://www.aald.demon.co.uk/galaxie/galaxie-500-faq.txt Any additions, corrections or comments should be mailed to andy@aald.demon.co.uk for future versions of this FAQ For full details of recordings see the Galaxie 500 and related bands discography which is currently only available in HTML format. http://www.aald.demon.co.uk/galaxie/discog/ + = New in this version * = Changed in this version # = Information required ------------------------------ The Questions PART I - The artists and the songs 1 Galaxie 500 and related artists 1.1 Galaxie 500 1.2 Luna 1.3 Magnetophone 1.4 Pierre Etoile 1.5 Damon and Naomi 1.6 Magic Hour 1.7 Kramer 1.8 Cagney and Lacee 1.9 Tuatara 2 Collaborators 2.1 Angel Corpus Christi 2.2 The Pastels 2.3 The 6ths/Stephen Merritt 2.4 Pee Shy 2.5 Mercury Rev 2.6 Hugh Hopper 2.7 Mutton Gun 2.8 Ivy 2.9 Laetitia Sadier 2.10 Ralph Carney 2.11 Sterling Morrison 2.12 Tom Verlaine 2.13 Tom Rapp 2.14 Kickstand 2.15 Batoh and Kurihara 3 Cover Versions 3.1 Galaxie 500 3.1.1 Don't Let Our Youth Got To Waste 3.1.2 Isn't It A Pity 3.1.3 Victory Garden 3.1.4 Ceremony 3.1.5 Listen The Snow Is Falling 3.1.6 Here She Comes Now 3.1.7 Cheese And Onions 3.1.8 Final Day 3.1.9 Rain 3.2 Luna 3.2.1 Indian Summer 3.2.2 That's What You Always Say 3.2.3 Ride Into The Sun 3.2.4 Dream Baby Dream 3.2.5 Bonnie And Clyde 3.2.6 Thank You For Sending Me An Angel 3.2.7 No Regrets 3.2.8 Happy New Year 3.2.9 Outdoor Miner 3.2.10 Season Of The Witch 3.2.11 In The Flesh 3.2.12 Dance With Me 3.2.13 Everybody's Talkin' 3.2.14 Jealous Guy 3.2.15 Neon Lights 3.2.16 Sweet Child O' Mine # 3.2.17 La Poupee Qui Fait Non 3.2.18 Fly Into The Sun 3.3 Damon & Naomi 3.3.1 Memories # 3.3.2 This Changing World 3.3.3 Life Will Pass You By 3.3.4 Who Am I 3.3.5 Whispering Pines 3.3.6 Awake In A Muddle 3.3.7 Spirit Of Love 3.3.8 Translucent Carriages 3.3.9 I Shall Be Released 3.3.10 It's All Over Now Baby Blue 3.3.11 Yoo Doo Right 3.3.12 After The Goldrush 3.4 Magic Hour 3.4.1 Sally Free And Easy 3.5 Cagney and Lacee # 3.5.1 Time 3.5.2 Be Mine 3.5.3 Lovin' You 3.5.4 Six Feet of Chain # 3.5.5 The Last Goodbye 3.5.6 By The Way 3.5.7 Greyhound Goin' Somewhere 3.5.8 For the Sake of the Children 3.5.9 Memphis 3.5.10 I'm Not Sayin' 3.5.11 Borderline 4 Discography and availability information PART II - Frequently Asked Questions 1 Where can I see ... play live? When are ... going to play in ...? 2 Where can I find Galaxie 500/Luna/Damon & Naomi guitar tabs? 3 Didn't Galaxie 500 do a couple of Peel Sessions? Will they ever get released? 4 Why did Galaxie 500 split? + 5 Why were Luna called Luna2 (or Luna squared)? 6 Why did Stanley Demeski leave Luna? * 7 Haven't I heard ... in a TV commercial? 8 Haven't I heard ... in a film? 9 What is a Galaxie 500? PART III - Internet * 1 Web Pages * 2 Mailing Lists and Message/Bulletin Boards 3 Newsgroups PART IV - Credits ------------------------------ The Answers PART I - The artists and the songs 1 Galaxie 500 and related artists 1.1 Galaxie 500 Galaxie 500 were a magical three piece comprising of... Dean Wareham (guitar/vocals) Naomi Yang (bass/vocals) Damon Krukowski (drums) Seminal is a word often bandied about in describing certain influential groups and their works. And sadly, I must use the hackneyed word in an attempt to convey the underrated greatness that was Galaxie 500. Like the Velvet Underground before them, Galaxie 500 didn't have a large contemporary audience, but they had a profound effect on almost everyone who listened to them. And just as the Velvet Underground are credited as the prodigious founders of a new movement in rock and roll, the same can be said of Galaxie 500. Like contemporaries such as Hugo Largo and the Cowboy Junkies, Galaxie 500 took a slower approach to constructing and performing their music. And with Shimmy-Disc founder and producer Kramer at the helm of the mixing board, Galaxie 500 managed to achieve a unique sound that both captivated and repulsed critics and reviewers. Often brought up in reference to a "slow" movement in rock and roll today, bands such as Low, Sugar Plant, and Mazzy Star owe an obvious debt to Galaxie 500. Unfortunately, as with many intensely creative groups, differences between Dean and Damon & Naomi led to their premature disbanding. Dean went on to form Luna, and Damon & Naomi continued on together, under the name Damon & Naomi. Maybe, just maybe, if we're lucky, 20 years from now there will be a Galaxie 500 reunion concert (if the VU can do it, so can they, damn it!). Until then we have a legacy of three flawless albums to get us through. Gary Ruisinger <gruisinger@CCTR.UMKC.EDU> 1.2 Luna Dean Wareham (guitar/vocals) Justin Harwood (bass) Sean Eden (guitar) Lee Wall (drums) After the split Dean Wareham put together Luna, with Justin Harwood (bass), formally of excellent New Zealand popsters The Chills and Stanley Demeski (drums) ex Feelies, with this line up they released their first album (Lunapark), subsequently the line up was expanded with the addition of previously unknown guitarist Sean Eden to their line up. A deal with major label Elektra saw them achieve a modicum of success, and clinched them prestigious support slots, most notably on the Velvet Underground's reunion tour of 1994. They have also managed to get some equally prestigious guest stars on their albums, the late Sterling Morrison on Bewitched, and Tom Verlaine on Penthouse. In summer 1996 Luna replaced Stanley Demeski with Lee Wall. Lee was previously in NYC based band 44, who, as far as I know never released anything commercially. He has apparently recently been playing with 44's singer/guitarist Mark in the band Champale. In January 2000 Justin Harwood took a "leave of absence" from Luna and returned to NZ "to prepare for the arrival of a baby in his life". He was replaced by Matt Quigley formerly of pop duo Vaganza. 1.3 Magnetophone Sean O'Brien writes... The lineup of Magnetophone was: Damon Krukowski (guitar/vocals) Naomi Yang (bass/vocals) Jon Williams (guitar) Chris Guttmacher (drums) At the time, Chris was also a member of Cul-de-Sac, a band he left about a year and a half ago He was also the original drummer in Bullet Lavolta. Jon Williams is probably best remembered as the original guitarist in Volcano Suns, but is also a very prolific producer and engineer. If memory serves, Magnetophone played a grand total of about two shows (one of which I saw) here in Boston. No recordings were released, although some do exist (produced by Jon Willaims) I hope this helps a little. 1.4 Pierre Etoile Before the split of Galaxie 500, Naomi Yang and Damon Krukowski recorded an EP as Pierre Etoile (it was actually released shortly after Galaxie 500's demise). After Galaxie 500 split they were encouraged by Kramer to opt for the less imaginative Damon and Naomi for subsequent releases. 1.5 Damon and Naomi Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, have now released three exceptional albums and a number of equally exceptional singles, which they've fitted around their other careers as artists and publishers. 1.6 Magic Hour Magic Hour is a project conceived by ex Crystallized Movements members Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar, who recruited Naomi Yang and Damon Krukowski as their rhythm section, they released three albums of very long songs, which are of an acquired taste - but in my opinion a taste well worth acquiring. After the release of the third album in 1996 it was decided that Magic Hour had run it's course. Damon & Naomi returned to work as Damon & Naomi, and Wayne and Kate became the Major Stars. At the Terrastock festival in April 1997 Magic Hour re-united for a special one-off performance. 1.7 Kramer (Mark) Kramer is all things to all men... Record Company Boss He is the man behind both the Shimmy Disc and Kokopop record labels. He was the owner of Noise New York studio where Galaxie 500 did most of their recording, and is currently the owner of Noise New Jersey. Record Producer As well as being the producer of all of Galaxie 500 and Damon and Naomi's records, he has produced an awful lot of the output of Shimmy Disc. Check out Grenadine and Low for starters. Recording Artist Kramer has released records as a solo artist; As member of Shockabilly (with Eugene Chadbourne), Bongwater (with actress Ann Magnusson - Bongwater split in 1994 in a very acrimonious manner); and in collaboration with a myriad of other artists including Gong, Hugh Hopper, John Hall, Daevid Allen. He has also toured as a member of the Butthole Surfers. His recorded output is very variable, some of it is exquisite some of it is downright irritating, take your chances. Kramer could quite easily warrant a FAQ all of his own (anyone fancy taking on that task?). 1.8 Cagney and Lacee Cagney and Lacee are Dean Wareham and his wife Claudia Silver, they released a single, Time/By The Way (I Still Love You) on No6 and followed it up with an album Six Feet of Chain, described on the cover as "An album of cover versions lovingly performed by Dean Wareham and Claudia Silver". 1.9 Tuatara Tuatara are a side project of Justin Harwood's that also features Pete Buck of REM (more details to follow) 2 Collaborators 2.1 Angel Corpus Christi American female singer/accordionist. Released single "Je T'aime" with Dean Wareham. 2.2 The Pastels Scottish "indie-pop" band who first came around in the mid 80s. They were a big part of the C-86 scene in the UK - along with the Wedding Present and the BMX Bandits - and forerunners of the so-called "shambling" style: bands who wrote simple, heart-felt pop songs, and couldn't play their instruments all that well...the Pastels persevered, learned to play, and are generally considered grandparents of modern twee/indie-pop. Dean Wareham has guested on two Pastel's albums "Mobile Safari" and "Illumination". 2.3 The 6ths/Stephen Merritt Stephen Merritt, the man behind the 6ths, is also the man behind the excellent Magnetic Fields. 2.4 Pee Shy Pop and poetry collective formed in Florida in 1993. Dean Wareham produced Pee Shy's debut Album "Who Let All The Monkeys Out". 2.5 Mercury Rev Rock band formed in 1989. Guitarist Grasshopper played on Dean Wareham's solo single "Anesthesia" and guested as Luna guitarist in the band's initial phase. Dean Wareham guested on Mercury Rev's "Car Wash Hair" single. 2.6 Hugh Hopper Former member of seventies rock band Soft Machine. Naomi Yang co-wrote the Damon & Naomi track "14 Auspicious Dreams" with Hugh Hopper. 2.7 Mutton Gun Mutton Gun is/was Justin Harwood, Gordon Rutherford, Justin's girlfriend Lisa, David Boyd (Hut Records UK mogul), and his girlfriend Sarah. Dean Wareham has guested on at least one of Mutton Gun's albums. 2.8 Ivy US based popsters with French lead singer and a couple of albums under their belt. Dean Wareham guests on their "Apartment Life" album. 2.9 Laetitia Sadier Vocalist from excellent avant garde pop sensations Stereolab. Guest vocalist on Luna's "Bonnie and Clyde". 2.10 Ralph Carney A member of Tom Waits' backing band. Guested on sax on Galaxie 500's "Decomposing Trees" and on "Blue Thunder w/sax". 2.11 Sterling Morrison Guitarist for the Velvet Underground, also worked for a time after VU's demise on a tugboat as referenced in the Galaxie 500 song of that name. Sadly died in 1995 Guested on "Friendly Advice" and "Great Jones Street" on Luna's second album "Bewitched". 2.12 Tom Verlaine A founder member of influential 70s band Television, he has also released a number of solo albums. Guested on "Moon Palace" and "23 Minutes in Brussels" on Luna's third album "Penthouse". 2.13 Tom Rapp Was the founder and main man of late 60s band Pearls Before Swine, between 1967 and 1973 he recorded nine albums of strange and wonderful folk-rock, at which point he retired from music. He was coaxed out of retirement in 1997 for a series of performances and has made some new recordings with the help of Damon & Naomi for a forthcoming retrospective collection. Damon & Naomi performed with Tom Rapp at the 1997 Terrastock festival, a track from which is available on the Ptolemaic Terrascope celebratory CD, All Access. 2.14 Kickstand Kickstand were a NY/NJ underground pop trio featuring twin sisters Tammi & Torry Colichio and independent filmmaker, Jeff Feuerzeig (director of the feature length film - Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King). Dean Wareham appeared on three tracks on Kickstand's Autostrada album. 2.15 Batoh and Kurihara Batoh is the prime mover behind ecxellent Japanese psych-pop outfit Ghost, Kurihara is a sometime member of Ghost 3 Cover Versions 3.1 Galaxie 500 3.1.1 Don't Let Our Youth Got To Waste Written by Jonathan Richman, originally recorded by The Modern Lovers. Initially available on "Original Modern Lovers" a collection of demos, a live version is now available on "Precise Modern Lovers Order" (Rounder). 3.1.2 Isn't It A Pity Written and recorded by George Harrison on the album "All Things Must Pass" (Apple 1970) - which is currently available on a Capitol re-issue. 3.1.3 Victory Garden Written and originally recorded by Red Krayola on "God Bless The Red Krayola And All Who Sail In Her" (1968) 3.1.4 Ceremony Written but never released by Joy Division, later recorded by New Order. A live version performed by Joy Division is available on the album "Still" 3.1.5 Listen The Snow Is Falling Written by Yoko Ono, originally recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as the b-side of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (Apple 1971). Currently available on the Rykodisc re-issue of John and Yoko's "Wedding Album". 3.1.6 Here She Comes Now Written and originally recorded by The Velvet Underground on the album "White Light/White Heat". Still available. 3.1.7 Cheese And Onions Written by Neil Innes and originally recorded by spoof Beatles band The Rutles and is available on "The Rutles" (Rhino). 3.1.8 Final Day Written by Stuart Moxham, originally recorded by Young Marble Giants on a single (Rough Trade). Possibly now available on "Colossal Youth", a compilation of all of their recorded output. 3.1.9 Rain Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and originally recorded by the Beatles. Released as the b-side of the "Paperback Writer" single (Parlophone 1966). Currently available on "Past Masters Volume 2" (Capitol). 3.2 Luna 3.2.1 Indian Summer Written and originally recorded by Beat Happening on the album "Jamboree" (K 1988). Currently available on a Sub Pop re-issue. 3.2.2 That's What You Always Say Written by Steve Wynn and originally recorded by Dream Syndicate on "Days Of Wine And Roses". Slash re-issue still available. 3.2.3 Ride Into The Sun Written by Lou Reed and John Cale, originally recorded by The Velvet Underground. Available on "Another View". 3.2.4 Dream Baby Dream Written by Martin Rev and Alan Vega, originally recorded by Suicide. 3.2.5 Bonnie And Clyde Written by Serge Gainsbourg, originally recorded by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot. 3.2.6 Thank You For Sending Me An Angel Written by David Byrne, originally recorded by Talking Heads on the album "More Songs About Buildings And Food" (Warner 1978). Still available. 3.2.7 No Regrets Written and originally recorded by Tom Rush. Available on "Circle Game" (Elektra). 3.2.8 Happy New Year Written and originally recorded by Shockabilly on the album "Heaven" (Fundamental 1985). Possibly still available on a Shimmy Disc re-issue. Shockabilly featured Eugene Chadbourne and Kramer. 3.2.9 Outdoor Miner Written by Lewis and Colin Newman, originally recorded by Wire on the album "Chairs Missing" (Harvest 1978). Possibly available on an EMI/Harvest re-issue. 3.2.10 Season Of The Witch Written and originally recorded by Donovan on the album "Sunshine Superman" (1966). Should be available on most cheap Donovan compilations. 3.2.11 In The Flesh Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, originally recorded by Blondie on the album "Blondie" (Private Stock 1976). Still available on a Chrysalis re-issue. 3.2.12 Dance With Me Written by Jonathan Richman. 3.2.13 Everybody's Talkin Written and originally recorded by Fred Neil and recorded since by scores of people from Nillson to The Beautiful South to Leonard Nimmoy. 3.2.14 Jealous Guy Written and originally performed by John Lennon 3.2.15 Neon Lights Written and originally recorded by Kraftwerk on their album "The Man Machine" (1978), which is still available. 3.2.16 Sweet Child O' Mine Written and originally recorded by Guns n' Roses on their album "Appetite For Destruction" (1987) which is still available. 3.2.17 La Poupee Qui Fait Non Written by Michel Polnareff 3.2.18 Fly Into The Sun Written and originally recorded by Jonathan Richman, the song should actually be called "Fly Into The Mystery" but appears to have become confused with an arlier Luna cover version "Ride Into The Sun" (see 3.2.3). 3.3 Damon & Naomi 3.3.1 Memories Written by Hugh Hopper, originally recorded by Soft Machine. 3.3.2 This Changing World Written by J C Oliver. 3.3.3 Life Will Pass You By Written by C Darrow, originally recorded by Kaleidoscope. 3.3.4 Who Am I Written by Joe MacDonald, originally recorded by Country Joe & The Fish. 3.3.5 Whispering Pines Written by Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson, originally recorded by The Band, on the album "The Band" (Capitol 1969). Still available. 3.3.6 Awake In A Muddle Written and originally recorded by Ghost. 3.3.7 Spirit Of Love Written by Clive Palmer, originally recorded by C.O.B. 3.3.8 Translucent Carriages Written by Tom Rapp (see I/2.13) and recorded by Pearls Before Swine on their second album Balaklava, which is currently availabvle. Also a new version should appear on a Tom Rapp/Pearls Before Swine retrospective due out soon. 3.3.9 I Shall Be Released Written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan. Currently available on a number of releases including "Greatest Hits Volume 2" and the Dylan and The Band album "Before The Flood". 3.3.10 It's All Over Now Baby Blue Written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan 3.3.11 Yoo Doo Right Written and originally recorded by Can 3.3.12 After The Goldrush Written and originally recorded by Neil Young 3.4 Magic Hour 3.4.1 Sally Free And Easy Written by Cyril Tawney. 3.5 Cagney and Lacee 3.5.1 Time (details required) 3.5.2 Be Mine Written and originally recorded by Martin Rev, on the album "See Me Riding" (ROIR 1995). Still available. 3.5.3 Lovin' You Written by Ripperton and Rudolph, originally performed by Minnie Ripperton on the album "Perfect Angel". Still available. 3.5.4 Six Feet of Chain Written and originally performed by Lee Hazlewood on the album "Trouble Is A Lonesome Town" (1963). 3.5.5 The Last Goodbye (details required) 3.5.6 By The Way Written and originally performed by Lee Hazlewood on the album "Forty" (1971). 3.5.7 Greyhound Goin' Somewhere performed by Bobbie Gentry on her 1968 LP "Touch 'Em With Love" on Capitol Records. 3.5.8 For the Sake of the Children 3.5.9 Memphis Both of these songs were originally written for the excellent 1975 Robert Altman movie "Nashville", which used a convoluted set of story lines woven around the country music scene in Nashville to satirize American politics, entertainment, and the media culture. The movie was quite funny, acerbic, and sad. "For the Sake of the Children" was sung by actor Henry Gibson, formerly of Laugh-In. In "Nashville" Gibson played diminutive, hypocritical, sequined, hyper-patriotic country music icon Haven Hamilton whose family-values-turned-on-its-head theme song was "For the Sake of the Children (We Must Say Good-Bye)". "Memphis" was actually written by actress Karen Black, who played a second-tier singer destined to serve as perpetual stand-in for emotionally fragile superstar Barbara Jean, another icon who is accidentally assassinated at a political rally at the movie's end. "Memphis" was generally considered an egregiously bad song written by an amateur whose dislike for country music was evident from the song's sappiness. At the time it was generally thought that Altman let it into the film as an indulgence to Karen Black, but it is certainly a strange choice for a cover. Back in the 70's there was a soundtrack album to "Nahville", but it's probably long out of print. - Bill Jaynes 3.5.10 I'm Not Sayin' Written and originally performed by Gordon Lightfoot on the album "Lightfoot!" (United Artists 1965). Currently available. More significantly perhaps, however, is that this song was Nico's first single (Immediate 1965). 3.5.11 Borderline Written by Reggie Lucas and originally performed by Madonna. 4 Discography and availability information The recorded works of all Galaxie 500 related artists, can be found in The Galaxie 500 and related bands discography (see PART III/1). Galaxie 500 Rykodisc have all three Galaxie 500 albums plus a box set, a compilation album and a very good live set available. Damon & Naomi All Damon & Naomi albums are available on Sub Pop in the US and on Rykodisc in Europe. The Pierre Etoile EP has recently been re-issued on CD by Spanish label Elefant. Luna Luna release their material on Beggars Banquet in the UK/Europe and Elektra everywhere else in the world - as far as I know all of their albums are currently available. In spring 1999 Luna were dropped by Elektra just prior to the release of The Days Of Our Nights. Luna have now signed to Jericho a Sire records imprint, who will be releasing Luna's latest album (The Days Of Our Nights) in the US. Magic Hour Magic Hour released their material on Che in the UK (first two albums only) and Twisted Village in the US, as far as I know all three albums are still available. Cagney and Lacee The Cagney and Lacee material was released on No.6 records and should still be available. A limited edition (500 copies) 7" single was released by UK independent label Earworm. PART II - Frequently Asked Questions 1 Where can I see ... play live? When are ... going to play in ...? As soon as I hear of any live dates I will put them on the Galaxie 500 - Luna - Damon & Naomi web page (see PART III/1) and post them on the mailing list (see PART III/2) and on the newsgroup alt.music.galaxie-500 (see PART III/3). I DO NOT get informed as a matter of course by any of the bands and so I rely on people telling me and by keeping an eye on the official web pages (see PART III/1). If anyone hears of any dates I'd be grateful if you could email them to me so that I can notify people via the web page, mailing list and newsgroup. 2 Where can I find Galaxie 500/Luna/Damon & Naomi guitar tabs? The chords to most Galaxie 500, and quite a few Luna tracks are available on the Galaxie 500 - Luna - Damon & Naomi web page (see PART III/1), you will also find links to other pages that contain tabs which I will add as and when I come across them. 3 Didn't Galaxie 500 do a couple of Peel Sessions? Will they ever get released? Galaxie 500 recorded two sessions for the John Peel show - the ground breaking BBC radio show... Recorded 24th September 1989 Broadcast 17th October 1989 Flowers Blue Thunder Decomposing Trees Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste (Richman) Recorded 30th October 1990 Broadcast 4th November 1990 Moonshot (Buffy St Marie) Submission (Sex Pistols) When Will You Come Home Final Day (Moxham) (this version of Final Day has Naomi doing the vocal) According to an interview Damon & Naomi gave in Ptolemaic Terrascope (issue 23) these will "probably surface at some point". 4 Why did Galaxie 500 split? The generally considered reasoning behind the split was simply that Dean Wareham decided he didn't want to be in the band anymore. Damon and Naomi gave a very thorough interview in "The Ptolemaic Terrascope" magazine (issue 23) where they give their version of the events that led to the split. As far as I know Dean hasn't given a full public explanation for his decision. 5 Why were Luna called Luna2 (or Luna squared)? I beleive that a US new age singer was using the name Luna and so Lunapark was released as Luna2, after which an agreement/settlement was reached with the artist in question. 6 Why did Stanley Demeski leave Luna? Stanley's reluctance to tour was the officially given reason for his departure from the band - these two quotes from interviews given to music magazine "Stomp and Stammer" (http://monsterbit.com/stammer/) give a bit more insight into the separation... "But I was never really in Luna. I was an employee of the band and I made it clear from the beginning that whenever we went on the road, I had to be paid. Then, they sort of ran out of money and at that point, they just kept bugging me to tour with them but I just wasn't that into it to be honest with you." Stanley Demeski - "Stomp & Stammer" - June 1997 "He didn't like touring I guess that was true with everyone in The Feelies, but I got tired of begging and twisting his arm. And it was kind of always that way from the beginning, he made that sort of clear, that he would rather stay home." Dean Wareham - "Stomp & Stammer - September 1997 7 Haven't I heard ... in a TV commercial? The Luna track "California (All The Way)" has appeared as the soundtrack to at least two TV commercials - Calvin Klein CK1 (in the US) and American Express (in the UK). The Galaxie 500 track "Instrumental" from the album "On Fire" has recently (Sept 99) appeared in a US TV commercial for Acura cars. 8 Haven't I heard ... in a film? Galaxie 500 songs have appeared in (unconfirmed)... Remembering Sex (aka: Getting Off) (1998 - dir: Julie Lynch) Luna songs/music have appeared in the following films... I Shot Andy Warhol (1996 - dir: Mary Harron) - Soundtrack available Mr Jealousy (1997 - dir: Noah Baumbach) - Soundtrack available Thursday (1998 - dir: Skip Woods) Irma Vep (1996 - dir: Olivier Assayas) 9 What is a Galaxie 500? It's a make of car. If you're really interested check out this page on Yahoo - http://www.yahoo.com/Recreation/Automotive/Makes_and_Models/Ford/Galax ie/ PART III - Internet 1 Web Pages The following web pages have Galaxie 500 etc. content. Galaxie 500 - Luna - Damon & Naomi Excellent (but I would say that!) and thorough web pages with full discography, lyrics and the home of this FAQ http://www.aald.demon.co.uk/galaxie/ Rykodisc's Galaxie 500 web pages Very smart web page promoting Rykidisc's re-issue of the Galaxie 500 back-catalogue, with a good discography, pictures and sounds. http://www.rykodisc.com/3/features/g500/ this page has recently gone AWOL during Ryko's restructuring of their web site - an unofficial mirror is available here... http://home.inreach.com/jbakken/Galaxie500/ or http://www.slowriver.com/3/features/g500/ Damon and Naomi on Sub Pop Damon & Naomi's Sub Pop web site has recently been relaunched Flashy new graphics and the usual pics and sounds, as well as pieces on Galaxie 500, Magic Hour and Exact Change. No news section though. Sub Pop also have a tours section which will normally have any D+N dates mentioned. http://www.subpop.com/bands/damon+naomi/newwebsite/ The old and out of date version is still up and running... http://www.subpop.com/bands/damon+naomi/website/ Javier Balanche's Wondrous Web of Damon &amp; Naomi Half finished, graphic intensive and in Spanish D+N web page http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Metro/9915/ Fuzzy Wuzzy Originally started by band member Justin Harwood as a repository for various pics and snippets it became the band's official site when the rather tame site that origianally held that title finally gave up the ghost. It was been sporadically updated with pictures and articles by band members. In January 2000 Justin, having left the band, handed over the reins of the site to (I believe) a Jericho records employee and a prettied up Fuzzy Wuzzy appeared. The band will still have a major input into the web sites content and hopefully Fuzzy Wuzzy will be more regularly updated. http://www.fuzzywuzzy.com/ The ex-official Luna web page This site has been officially abandoned, while still available for viewing there is very little worth visiting for, particularly with Fuzzy Wuzzy now relaunched. http://www.triangle23.com/luna/ Chris's Luna discography Complete Luna discography with lots of scans. All on one page so make a cup of tea while you wait for it to load. Currently offline for a refit. Luna on the Beggars Banquet site Small but neat page by Luna's UK record label. A quick scour round the Beggars Banquet site will also throw up a RealVideo Luna video. http://www.beggars.com/luna/luna.html Luna on the Elektra site Small out of date (surprise) page by Luna's ex-US/World record label. http://www.elektra.com/alternative_club/luna/luna.html Magic Hour on the Che site This is a tidy one page affair with details of record releases. http://www.che.co.uk/magichour/index.html The Shrine A lovingly compiled collection of photographs of Dean Wareham from various stages of his career. http://www.angelfire.com/on2/wareham/ A collection of links to pages with reviews, interviews and features can be found on the links page of the Galaxie 500 - Luna - Damon & Naomi web site http://www.aald.demon.co.uk/galaxie/links.html 2 Mailing Lists & Message/Bulletin Boards 2.1 The Galaxie 500 Mailing List - a lively debate forum for all things Galaxie 500 related and more To subscribe email majordomo@listbox.com with subscribe galaxie <your email address> or subscribe galaxie-digest <your email address> in the BODY of the email. Any problems feel free to email me at andy@aald.demon.co.uk 2.2 Fuzzy Wuzzy Mailing List The official Luna news and information mailing list recently mislaid all the email addresses. If you wish to receive Luna news from the horses mouth you'll have to sign up again. Email sideshow@fuzzywuzzy.com and ask them nicely to add you to the list. 2.2 Luna Message Board A newly established and splendidly fizzy web based discussion can be found at http://disc.server.com/Indices/67663.html 3 Newsgroups In the following Newsgroups Galaxie 500 (etc.) discussion is acceptable... alt.music.galaxie-500 alt.music.luna both of the above newsgroups have been pretty much nothing but spam for a few months now. Best join the Galaxie 500 mailing list! alt.music.independent Lively, medium/high traffic newsgroup, with a stress on independent, so Luna debate may be frowned upon by Indie purists. alt.music.alternative Very busy newsgroup, and only recommended if you can cope with tedious debates about mainstream alternative Rock. PART IV - Credits Thanks to gary <gruisinger@CCTR.UMKC.EDU> for donating a particularly good answer for question 1.1, I've never been able to describe Galaxie 500. Thanks to Sean O'Brien <critual@aol.com> for filling me in on the Magnetophone project. Thanks to cruster@seanet.com for donating a fine yet concise history of The Pastels. Thanks to Lars Murray from Rykodisc <lmurray@rykodisc.mhub.com> - for explaining the CD-ROM video problem. Thanks to Rob Gronette, Steve Beeho, Rhys Davies, Brent Aliverti, Jonathan Litchfield, Static50 - for correcting mistakes and filling holes. Thanks to Bill Jaynes for filling me in on the two songs from the film "Nashville" that were covered by Cagney and Lacee, and to Simon Murphy for a bit of "Greyhound Goin' Somewhere" info. Thanks to the subscribers and contributors of the Galaxie 500 mailing list from whom a large chunk of this information was gleaned. Please mail me (andy@aald.demon.co.uk) any corrections, additions or comments to me for later versions of this FAQ. ----------------------------- Copyright (c) 1997-2000 by Andrew Aldridge, all rights reserved. This FAQ may be freely distributed by any means as long as there is no charge (except to cover materials) and that this copyright notice remains intact. This FAQ may not be distributed for financial gain. This FAQ may not be included in commercial collections or compilations without the express permission of the author. -- Galaxie 500 - Luna - Damon & Naomi http://www.aald.demon.co.uk/galaxie/ Brian - http://www.aald.demon.co.uk/brian/