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


Citay


MP3: Tugboat – Citay (box.net)

Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev played the song for a radio show in Dublin.

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.

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)

British Sea Power

British Sea Power released a version on a Rough Trade compilation

MP3: Tugboat – British Sea Power (mediafire)

Portastatic

Portastatic also recorded their version for Elefant’s Galaxie 500 tribute album, Snowstorm

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)

Submarine

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 (box.net)

Dean & Britta

Joanna Gruesome

… and now with addded Joanna Gruesome

Meursault

And another one… Meursault recorded the track for their crowd-funded, crowd-chosen album made to help fund the band’s US tour

Finnmark!

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!

X-Lion Tamer

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