Luna’s Lost in Space dissected

Following on from Chris Stroffolino’s Piano Van session with Dean & Britta he’s wriiten a (long!) blog post opening up the song and having a poke around it’s innards…

As with many songs with catchy, sing along choruses, these lines are often the only lines of the song many casual listeners know, or have made it into long-term memory. They sink in, but on repeated listens, they call attention to the verses, especially if you’re looking for insights into unanswered questions about the significance of the chorus’s words.

The verses are certainly sad; perhaps tragic, but definitely ridden with pathos. The singer is non-judgmental and sympathetic with the struggle the “you” is going through, as if he’s also talking to himself. Since the sadness is at least as present in the second verse (after the chorus) as in the first, it shows how the chorus (despite their now calling you magic) didn’t really change much.

Link: The Feuerzeig Video Covers Project: Luna (Lost in Space), with Dean & Britta

Dean Wareham’s Tokyo Diary

The Paris Review has posted Dean Wareham’s diary of his recent trip to Tokyo to play a couple of “Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500″ shows, 20 years after Galaxie 500 had split meaning they never got to play there.

From the stage tonight I notice three different people crying as I sing “Blue Thunder,” which is a song about the power-steering action in my old 1975 Dodge Dart and doesn’t quite seem worth crying about, though admittedly it is also a song about being alone behind the wheel, and I wail about driving “so far away,” so maybe that’s what did it.

Read the whole diary at The Paris Review

Backstage at the Liquid Room, we are trying to staying awake before the show, eating rice cakes and unusual candy bars and staring at the poster of Kurt and Courtney on the wall

Everett True deconstructs his Blue Thunder single review

Not sure how this slipped by but last week Everett Truerevisited his review of Galaxie 500’s Blue Thunder single.

The record was given the Single of the Week accolade in the Melody Maker’s singles reviews on 22nd January 1990 and was a pretty important step in Galaxie 500’s success.

The review covers the a-side as well as the two ace covers on the flip (Victory Garden and Ceremony) and the article is more about ET revisiting his writing than about him revisiting the single – but makes for a fascinating read all the same…

The latter half of this sentence works fine, but really I should have said: Dean Wareham can’t quite hit the notes he’s reaching for, and man that’s disorientating over such a meticulous rhythm section. The sax just confused the hell out of me. Still does.

Read the full article on ETs rather good Collapse Board site and you can see the original review on the excellent, but currently dormant, Archived Music Press blog

Interview with Penthouse sleeve designer Frank Olinsky

Design blog Rock That Font has a short interview with designer Frank Olinsky the designer of Luna’s Penthouse sleeve, as well as many subsequent Luna and Dean & Britta sleeves.

Dean had discovered Ted Croner’s magical photos of New York City and knew they were just right for the package. Three pictures were used: the cover photo of the lit-up skyscraper, a group of light-streaked high-rise buildings, and a blurry speeding taxi. (This same taxi photo appeared on the cover of Bob Dylan’s 2006 album, Modern Times.)

See also Frank Olinsky’s website