Originals: Victory Garden by Red Krayola (covered by Galaxie 500)

Victory Gardens!
Just a quickie to-day as I’ve posted a couple of times about Victory Garden before:
Mp3: Victory Garden – Enough or Adolf
Friday recycling: Victory Garden
Originally by Red Krayola on their second LP “God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It” in 1968

Galaxie 500 released it on the b-side of their Blue Thunder single, and it has more recently been on the CD reissues of On Fire.

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Victory Garden (live in The Netherlands, 1989)

Originals: Submission by The Sex Pistols (covered by Galaxie 500)

Rowing Boat and Sub
On a submarine mission

Submission was recorded by The Sex Pistols in 1976 and appeared on (most copies of) their only studio album ‘Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols’)

Galaxie 500 covered the track for their second session for BBC Radio One’s John Peel show in October 1990.

The Sex Pistols were a 1970s british novelty act – here they are playing it live in 2007 to a large room full of middle aged men:

See all posts in the Originals series

On this day in 1987… Galaxie 500 were born*

It was after college, when I was in my first year of architecture school, and miserable, that Damon and Dean started talking about reforming a band. I thought that sounded like fun and volunteered to play bass
Naomi Yang – Temperature’s Rising: Galaxie 500 an oral and visual history (p16)

Galaxie 500 was born the day that Naomi volunteered to play the bass guitar
You can spend your time placing ads in the Village Voice and sifting through messages on your answering machine by idiot musicians […] but the best thing is to start a band with your friends. Your friends are tasteful and smart and like the same things you do. Who cares if one of you doesn’t play an instrument? She can learn.
We had our first rehearsal on May 27, 1987
Dean Wareham – Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance (p33)

MP3: Pride – Galaxie 500 (1987 – extended demo cassette)

* OK, there’s a receipt for Naomi’s bass guitar in Temperature’s Rising that’s dated 2nd May 1987 which suggests I may have to revise Galaxie 500′s birthday… AGAIN!

Photos: Galaxie 500 in Bristol in 1990

Getting photos of Galaxie 500 is always a treat, in the days before digital cameras most of our memories have to just live in our heads. If anyone has any they’d like to share please, please do get in touch.

A couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, Stephen got in touch with me and emailed me some photos he’d taken in February 1990 of Galaxie 500 at the Bierkeller in Bristol on tour supporting The Sundays.

So thanks Stephen, and here for your delectation…

Dean and Damon of Galaxie 500, Bristol 1990. Photo: Stephen Blake
Naomi of Galaxie 500, Bristol 1990. Photo: Stephen Blake
Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500, Bristol 1990. Photo: Stephen Blake
Bristol Bierkellar flyer. February 1990

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste in London in 1989

Galaxioe 500 in London in 1990

While working on this web site I found myself, as I often do, listening to Galaxie 500. And, as it often does, it ended up with me listening to as many different versions of Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste as I can find. You can hear all four officially released versions on the “Originals” post over here.

But here’s another gem, and one I was in the room for, a live version from Galaxie 500′s show at The Subterania in late 1989.

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste – 13th December 1989 at Subterania, London, UK