Galaxie 500, Peel Sessions

Keith Cameron

By Keith Cameron

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Think this indie trio was a product of brilliant producers and studio magic? Think again.

Suspicions that Galaxie 500's groovily somnolent romanticism was purely a product of the recording studio were spectacularly disproved on encountering the band live, where the brooding interplay between Dean Wareham's guitar strafes and the limber rhythm section of Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang was simply intensified. Thanks to the Peel Sessions 'live-with-optional-overdubs format, these eight tracks present a fascinating congruence between the two disciplines. The earlier session (October 1989) features three off-beam covers, demonstrating G500's facility for metamorphosing conceivably anything into one of their own. You don't need to know the original to tremble at Dean Wareham's arch reading of the Sex Pistols'"Submission." From November 1990, the version of "Flowers" arguably bests that on debut album Today, while Jonathan Richman's "Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste" is transformed from gnomic sliver to epic soundtrack. Anyone curious to fathom the devotion still harboured towards this unique group need only listen and understand.