Galaxie 500 – Strange

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Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.

Galaxie 500 followed up their impressive 1988 debut album Today with 1989’s near perfect On Fire. The tunes were stronger, the lyrics more cutting. It remains the highlight of the band’s all too brief career – Dean Wareham’s affecting unconventional vocals in tandem with his Velvet Underground inspired guitar riffs, Naomi Yang’s slowcore bass, and Damon Krukowski’s perfect drums displaying a band perfectly in sync. Strange is the 4th song on the album and perfectly encapsulates the Galaxie 500 experience. Warbling, slightly out of tune vocals working hand in hand with infectious guitar & bass riffs. The emotional havoc emanating from Wareham’s vocal delivery is a rewarding & exhilarating journey. The lyrics alternate between philosophical & ordinary, tying the two together as one. How can anyone know what someone’s impression is of you or if it lines up with your self view? That’s my take on it, and the song has served me well for years.

Why’s everybody actin funny?
Why’s everybody look so strange?
Why’s everybody look so pretty?
What do I want with all these things?

I went alone down to the drugstore
I went in back and took a Coke
I stood in line and ate my Twinkies
I stood in line, I had to wait

The Weepikes / we are weepikes

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The Weepikes came to life in the late 90’s in Helsinki, Finland playing a unique form of music that has become known as pronk (progressive / punk). The band was active for 3 years or so and called it quits at the 10th Anniversary party for record label Bad Vagum. A handful of well received releases, and on with life. Or so it seemed. In late 2010 the band received an email from Kramer (famous producer of Galaxie 500, not Jerry Seinfeld’s odd friend) indicating that he loved the early EP’s and would be interested in working with them. The band regrouped and recorded / released a Kramer produced self titled EP in 2012. we are weepikes is the sophomore release from The Weepikes Mach II, and it is an impressive mini LP that delivers noise & beauty in equal measures. 

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