Galaxie 500 was a seminal American slowcore/shoegaze guitar band from the late 1980s.
Guitarist Dean Wareham, drummer Damon Krukowski and bassist Naomi Yang began playing together during their time as students at Harvard University. In their early years, Krukowski didn't own a drum kit, so he borrowed one from his Harvard classmate Conan O'Brien, who'd bought a kit but had recently given up playing it. This drum kit can be heard on many of Galaxie 500's early recordings. In interviews on the Galaxie 500 DVD "Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste", Wareham cites the Spacemen 3 as another key inspiration. The band's name comes from a Ford car of the 1960s, the Ford Galaxie 500.
Galaxie 500 leveraged fairly minimal instrumental technique with intense atmospherics, provided by producer Mark Kramer, and their distinctive sound bore an influence beyond the small audience for their independently released albums. With Kramer's live sound production at the mixing board at the band's every gig, the...
Track listing: Cheese and OnionsThemFinal DayBlue Thunder (w/sax)Maracas SongCrazyJeromeSong in 3ObliviousI Can't Believe It's MeWalking SongThe Other SideOn the FloorRain / Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste