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Signed drum head
Signed drum head

Luna reunited in 2015 after a ten year hiatus and I got to see them live when they played in Porto on the 24th April. That afternoon I managed to wangle us in to see the soundcheck at the amazing Casa da Musica - and, once Britta had managed to come out and get us in, Hazel and I hung around the hall during the soundcheck. Lee, spotted me and rushed off to the dressing room to recover this fantastic gift.

Lee’s drum head signed by all of Luna. It has lived on a shelf in the study ever since - Hazel doesn’t think it’s beautiful enough to warrant more prominent wall space!?

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For years now you have been able to subscribe to get email updates from A Head Full of Wishes - this service was provided by Feedburner which has never been updated, and is frankly rubbish, it doesn’t look very good and isn’t very flexible. So today I have moved the mailing list to a new provider.

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And, since Monday’s break-up post was so heartbreaking here’s a postcard from happier times lifted from the fab Temperature’s Rising oral history book!

Postcard from Dean to D&N, 1989
Postcard from Dean to D&N, 1989

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Dean & Britta - Massachusetts (We Love The Betsey, June 2020)

Another lovely Dean & Britta sofa perfromance - this, their cover of The Bee Gees Massachusetts was recorded for the (first) We Love The Betsey stream in support of London’s fabulous Betsey Trotwood pub/venue.

The whole evening was packed with good stuff (including contributions from Robyn Hitchcock, Darren Hayman and The Clientele) and you can view the whole thing over here.

A different performance of Massachusetts turned up on the Quarantine Tapes release last year which, if you didn’t manage to get one of the the lovely lathe-cut box sets, you can buy digitally from Bandcamp for $7 (or more)!.

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Back in 1996, while still a member of Luna, Justin Harwood teamed up with Pete Buck (REM) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) to form the instrumental collective/supergroup Tuatara.

They’ve been an off/on thing ever since, releasing a number of albums of cinematic instrumental music.

Their fourth album East of The Sun (from 2007) however was a bit of a departure in that it included contributions from guest vocalists such as Mark Eitzel, Victoria Williams and John Wesley Harding. It was also a departure in that it didn’t include Justin since he’d moved back to New Zealand by the time it was recorded - he is however still involved with the project, having played (from NZ) on their 2016 album Shamanic Nights.

Dean Wareham lent his voice to two tracks on the album.

Most of Tuatara’s output can be found on Spotify - and there’s some video of a great 1998 performance on YouTube.

Tuatara promo photo from 1997
Tuatara promo photo from 1997

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Poster for Galaxie 500's final show
Poster for Galaxie 500's final show

Back in 2003 Dan got in touch with me out of the blue and sent me this poster promoting what turned out to be Galaxie 500’s final show at Bowdoin College 30 years ago today. He also sent me some photos he took - all of which has been shared before … but - now it’s being shared as an artefact.

My post from earlier today has more on Galaxie 500’s sad and bitter end.

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GALAXIE 500 split
GALAXIE 500 split

GALAXIE 500 have split after guitarist/vocalist Dean Wareham quit unexpectedly. All band commitments, including a June tour of Japan, have been cancelled.

The break-up occurred when the band returned from a successful tour of the States with Cocteau Twins.

Drummer Damon Krukowski told the Maker, “One day we were planning for a tour of Japan, and the next day he just quit. twas a big surprise for me and Naomi”. Galaxie 500 Split - Melody Maker (4th May 1991)

Thirty years ago today Galaxie 500 played their last show, three days later the band was no more.

It’s hard to write this because three people I love who were once friends aren’t friends any more - that’s sad. Of course a band splitting up is bad, but a friendship disolving is so much sadder. Maybe I should have just let this anniversary go by unmentioned, after all the stories around the split have been out there a while now and kicking up the dust again won’t change anything, but … this is a Galxie 500 web site and it’s hard to let this week pass without thinking back to 30 years ago.

This is just a collection of snippets related to those last few days of Galaxie 500, taken from various publications and interviews - it’s not comprehensive and it’s here just as a record - without any comment or editorialising. Nothing I say can change the fact that 30 years ago a band and a friendship died.

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Everything's Swirling #2
Everything's Swirling #2

On Monday it will be the 30th anniversary of Galaxie 500’s last show - three days later a phone call brought it all to a sad end. So, it seemed time to publish issue #2 of Everything’s Swirling.

I opened the Melody Maker in the first week of May 1991 to the news that Galaxie 500 had split after “guitarist/vocalist Dean Wareham quit unexpectedly” - to be honest I don’t really remember noticing what was written, I don’t think I picked up on the undercurrent of bitterness in that news item. I maybe just noticed that headline, and that first sentence.

I think I was just sad that a band that I loved could do this to me. My past had seen me drifting away from my music loves - this was the first time one had been torn away from me. This was them breaking up with me, not me breaking up with them. Perhaps selfishly all I felt was my hurt. How could they do this to ME!

This is the second edition of Everything’s Swirling - the first celebrated the 30th anniversary of the band’s birth - it seemed only right to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its demise. To bookend the fans-eye view of Galaxie 500.

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So it’s been a year since the current shitshow kicked in good and proper and I have hardly been on a train since then. We had one trip to the North East in the brief period of relaxed restrictions in late Spetember but otherwise my primary mode of transport for a year has been my feet… and I LOVE being on trains - and over the years I’ve loved having my train journeys soundtracked by Galaxie 500.

Over tha past four years in my regular searches of YouTube for Galaxie 500 stuff - in amongst all the videos of cars being stripped down or rebuilt - have been Walter Carlton’s lovely videos. They have been shot through the windows of trains all around the world and have been soundtracked with Galaxie 500’s. I’ve loved them but somehow coming across one this week after a year of almost no train travel made them seem more beautiful than ever.

Departing Buenos Aires’ Estación Constitución southbound to the tune of Galaxie 500’s “Decomposing Trees.” Shot & edited on iPhone February 6, 2018.

Buenos Aries train ride

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