Audio: A fleet of Tugboats

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


The fleet

Venice is Sinking

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MP3: Tugboat – Citay (

Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev played the song for a radio show in Dublin.
MP3: Tugboat – Mercury Rev (

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.
MP3: Tugboat – BMX Bandits featuring Angel Corpus Christi (

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 (

Blue Haired Girl

MP3: Tugboat – Blue Haired Girl (Jamendo)

British Sea Power

British Sea Power released a version on a Rough Trade compilation
MP3: Tugboat – British Sea Power (mediafire)


Portastatic also recorded their version for Elefant’s Galaxie 500 tribute album, Snowstorm
MP3: Tugboat – Portastatic (

The Standby Connection

Spanish band The Standby Connection are an off-shoot of Polar
MP3: Tugboat – The Standby Connection (


UK 90s indie band Submarine released Tugboat on the flip of their Jodie Foster 7″ single
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 (

Dean & Britta


Joanna Gruesome

… and now with addded Joanna Gruesome
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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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