Issue 14 contains:
A Letter from Damon & Naomi
The Poet in my Heart, by Kim Gordon
time again to start again, by Jim O’Rourke
Fortune, by Naomi Yang
Goodbye, by Bill Knott
Postscript to no. 14, by the Editors
Forgive my indulgence as I post another little nostalgia trip to celebrate 20 years of A Head Full of Wishes
6: Tell Me Do You Miss Me – the UK premiere
In 2009 John of Dream Machine records got in touch and told me that he would be putting on the UK première of Matthew Buzzell’s splendid Luna documentary Tell Me Do You Miss Me in a pub back room in Brixton. After an initial postponement it finally happened on a cold December evening. I’d tried to drum up interest but I didn’t have too much pull (just David!) and it was a sparsely attended. After the film John and the Dream Machine All Stars put on an lovely and enjoyable set of Luna favourites. Here they are romping through 23 Minutes in Brussels
7: Jesus made me do it
After the web site had been running happily for a few months I had been contacted by a few fellow fans, and it was suggested by one of them, Jesus, that I should maybe set up a mailing list. So in early July 1995 the first post of The Galaxie 500 Mailing List was sent out, it started “OK, so far it’s just the four of us…”. By the time of the first survey in December of that year there were 124 of us. Now most of the social-interaction happens on Facebook (where the page has over 1200 “likes”) and Twitter.
The mailing list is still ticking over and sporadically bursts into life over here.
9: Watching us watching them
I haven’t found the interview but some time in the mid/late 90s Dean made an oblique reference to the Galaxie 500 Mailing list, I think it was something about how he looked at it for a while but stopped because he couldn’t correct mistakes. The first band member to actually post to the list was Matt Quigley who replaced Justin on bass for a short while… you can read about his time in Luna here (make sure you read Matt’s comments too). Britta became a regular and very active member of the list after she joined the band.
10: 28 seconds from Brussels
OK, I’d decided never to share this because frankly it’s probably a bit weird and stalky to share answerphone messages, but I’ve referred to it so many times over the years, and it’s now 17 years old (Dean if you read this and are bothered by hearing your message to me just shout!). The first time I spoke to Dean was after a show at the Astoria in London in 1997 – he was squatting at the side of the stage, he signed my ticket and took my phone number to let me know some more upcoming dates. A few days later this happened while I was out…
It may all sound rather innocuous… but it did (and still does) blow my mind!
Anyone who read the boring bit of my last post (survey) would have noticed that this web site reaches (or has reached) it’s 20th birthday around this time. I had all these elaborate plans for concerts or records or books to celebrate but just never got around to doing any of that… so the celebration will have to be this blog post of reminiscences and I’ll save the big stuff for the 25th birthday – pop December 2019 in your calendars.
It’s that time of year again where you get to choose your fave tracks by your fave bands – I’ll bore you with a bit of history down the page – but to be honest I’d rather you clicked on that button down there rather than listen to me on another pathetic nostalgia trip! Take the 2014 survey
There’ll possibly be a tombola where one lucky voter can win some bric-a-brac
A Head Full of Wishes came in to being at the tail end of 1994 (followed by the Mailing list a few months later) – the survey arrived for Christmas 1995 and in that poll you could only choose from three Luna albums and two Damon & Naomi ones, the Galaxie 500 albums were out of print and the reissues where only a rumour!
This year’s survey has been hastily thrown together in a Google form since the changes to the website I made in the spring rather broke the old survey engine. This means you’ll have to type your favourite tracks – and I’ll have to sort out the muddle like I used to in the olden days of votes by email.