On Fire - side 1, track 1: Blue Thunder

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Dodge Dart.
Dodge Dart - photo: Bryan Jones (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
PERFECTION: this has sepulchral bass, guitars which caress and crumble as through an opium-drenched haze, straining out-of-tune vocals which never quite attain, a wired saxophone which bursts in just when you don't need it, silence so full of wailing noise as to make you shiver in awe every time. "Blue Thunder" is the sound of a storm brewing, oppresively, in the eventide.

The opening track of On Fire is one that Galaxie 500 and all post-Galaxie 500 configurations have performed live…

Galaxie 500… obviously

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Galaxie 500 - Blue Thunder (video)


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Damon & Naomi

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Dean & Britta

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Dean Wareham

Blue Thunder review (Melody Maker, January 1990)

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As On Fire approaches it’s 30th birthday I thought I’d post a series of posts of randomness about each of the tracks on the album - some from me and some from other fans.

On Fire | 30

A 30th anniversary celebration of Galaxie 500's masterpiece

On Fire 30 CD sleeve (design: John Conley)
Buy On Fire | 30