I'm a boat, floatin's what I do... *explored*
I'm a boat, floatin's what I do... by Sarah Brooks

Tugboat was Galaxie 500's first single, recorded in February 1988 at Noise New York by Kramer and released as a 7” single on Aurora Records. When some other artist decides to cover a Galaxie 500 song Tugboat is the one they invariably reach for. Here’s a selection of those cover versions. If anyone has (or knows of) any I haven’t included please get in touch.

So many... time to do an index:

The index

The original and best

[youtube http://youtu.be/wEwouUjDTTE]

The fleet

Venice is Sinking

[youtube http://youtu.be/mca4J5ymXvc]
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[youtube http://youtu.be/KMOHRjuTO28]
MP3: Tugboat – Citay (box.net)

Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev played the song for a radio show in Dublin.
[youtube http://youtu.be/AO1-FqxtWwk]
MP3: Tugboat – Mercury Rev (box.net)

BMX Bandits featuring Angel Corpus Christi

Fab scottish indie stars BMX Bandits recorded the track for a Galaxie 500 tribute album that was released on Spanish label Elefant Records. The recording also features the lovely Angel Corpus Christi on the chorus.
[youtube http://youtu.be/fGdTl5-JEOE]
MP3: Tugboat – BMX Bandits featuring Angel Corpus Christi (box.net)

The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy

The Jazz Butcher released a version, titled Tugboat Captain on their 1992 Western Family live album
MP3: The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy - Tugboat Captain (box.net)

Blue Haired Girl

MP3: Tugboat - Blue Haired Girl (Jamendo)
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG_qGz7EPww]

British Sea Power

British Sea Power released a version on a Rough Trade compilation
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM9fqFOMWt8]
MP3: Tugboat - British Sea Power (mediafire)


Portastatic also recorded their version for Elefant's Galaxie 500 tribute album, Snowstorm
[youtube http://youtu.be/JMJ6Skalc9A]
MP3: Tugboat - Portastatic (box.net)

The Standby Connection

Spanish band The Standby Connection are an off-shoot of Polar
MP3: Tugboat - The Standby Connection (box.net)


UK 90s indie band Submarine released Tugboat on the flip of their Jodie Foster 7" single
[youtube http://youtu.be/yIhCBsx4h_w]
MP3: Tugboat - Submarine (mediafire)

The Submarines

... and not to be confused with LA indie band The Submarines who recorded their version for an iTunes only EP
MP3: Tugboat - The Submarines (mediafire)
WWW: The Submarines website

The Transmissionary Six

The Transmissionary Six recorded Tugboat for KEXP (you can still download the whole set from the KEXP site)
MP3: Tugboat - The Transmissionary Six (box.net)

Dean & Britta

[youtube http://youtu.be/r19X_o1KMIA]

Joanna Gruesome

... and now with addded Joanna Gruesome
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpRxAh--pMc]


And another one... Meursault recorded the track for their crowd-funded, crowd-chosen album made to help fund the band's US tour
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Another lovely (and beautifully cheery) cover, this time by Leeds band Finnmark! It's "pay what you want" over on Bandcamp - and all proceeds to charity... so go grab it!
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X-Lion Tamer

[youtube http://youtu.be/MXAQDE5vfSY]