On Fire - side 1, track 2: Tell Me

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I’d guess that Tell Me is probably one of the lesser known tracks from On Fire - I always wonder how hard it must be sequencing an album so the balance and transitions work. I think that is one of the things that makes On Fire so great. It’s not just all killer and no filler but the sequencing is flawless. Tell Me isn’t lost after Blue Thunder but is a gentle come down.

There’s a lovely live version recorded for MTV in the UK back then - with Damon playing second guitar (and not drums obv) - it was released on the Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste DVD.

Galaxie 500 on 120 Minutes

I think I only noticed how truly sad Tell Me is when ballboy’s cover came out in 2003 - I think that’s because it’s drenched in cello - which might be the saddest sounding of the strings family. I’ve written about my love of ballboy’s cover before.


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.

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