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This Is My Music: Dean Wareham's Favourite Albums
April Clare Welsh , May 12th, 2014 08:06

April Clare Welsh gets a rundown of the former Galaxie 500 frontman's all-time top 13 LPs before he comes to the UK to tour in support of his debut solo album next week

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Forming in Boston in 1987, Galaxie 500's triptych of albums, Today (1988), On Fire (1989) and This Is Our Music (1990) were all chiseled from a palpably higher altitude than the boulders of the late-80s college rock scene they were loosely part of. With Dean Wareham's quivering upper register and torpid, widescreen guitar drenched in reverb, unraveling like dreamscapes in slow motion, the band - Wareham, drummer Damon Krukowski and bassist Naomi Yang - were dubbed 'slowcore' but hold a timeless place in the indie canon.

After Galaxie 500 split up in 1991, Wareham tuned his winsome channel into other frequencies, most notably Luna - with whom he released seven albums - and later, as part of Dean & Britta (with wife Britta Phillips). March marked his solo foray with Wareham's full-length self-titled LP on Sonic Cathedral, following last year's mini-album Emancipated Hearts.

Having turned their imagination to a number of songs over the years - Jonathan Richman's 'Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste', The Beatles' 'Rain', Joy Division's 'Ceremony' and Yoko Ono's 'Listen, The Snow Is Falling', to name but a few - it's fair to say Galaxie 500 have always been partial to a cover or two. And for anyone familiar with their repertoire, some of Dean Wareham's Baker's Dozen choices - Spacemen 3 and The Modern Lovers for instance - can certainly be mapped to their sound. We chatted to Dean over a (pleasantly protracted) Skype call…

Dean Wareham is out now via Sonic Cathedral. Wareham is currently on tour in Europe, playing El Lokal in Zurich, Switzerland, tomorrow, May 13, and beginning the UK leg at the Exchange in Bristol on May 20; head here for full details. Click on his image below to begin scrolling through Dean's choices


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Moonee Ponds
May 12, 2014 6:00pm

He's right about Sandinista & he's right about Movement.

And Luna were a VERY good band btw.

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May 12, 2014 6:14pm

A tasteful collection of some fine albums as could be expected. My Bakers Dozen would have 'Today' by Galaxie 500 in it. Dean's solo album is fantastic incidentally.

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May 13, 2014 11:27am

Such a great list & passionately talked about that I'm inclined to buy all the ones I don't have. Bit confused by this line though: "You know, it has this great energy to it but it's still just become for the rich and I'm hyper aware of that."

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Matt Cousin
May 13, 2014 11:41am

In reply to Babs:

I think he means New York, as a place. I love Galaxie 500 and Luna. A nice list.

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May 13, 2014 5:06pm

White people suck and Dean Wareham hasn't made a half interesting record in what... 20 years? 25?

And fucking Sandanista... were Linton Kwesi Johnson already dead then?

When two sevens clash, ofay simps will still be listening to this garbage...

At least Greg Dulli knows A LOT better (one of best of these lists, suprisngly enough).

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May 13, 2014 5:59pm

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Next time you're considering commenting on here, do us all a favour & have a wank first, eh?

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May 13, 2014 6:09pm

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Linton Kwesi Johnson is still, thankfully, very much alive

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May 15, 2014 3:27pm

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Oh Kramer... Yr such a hoot.

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Ciao Luna
Jan 7, 2015 11:02pm

Always interesting when someone you respect so much shares your taste in albums from similar time periods. I was fortunate in high school to have a buddy a few years older that took me to cb's for the first time to see television 7 patti smith. I too was at that first clash show & the awful who show that they opened at shea stadium. Not ashamed to admit we drove there just to see david jo & the clash. Don't like the who much and wasn't gonna stand in the rain any longer. Must say some of my fondest musical experience were at luna shows on nye '98 at the knitting factory, any time they played the bowery ballroom and the ny tour when they opened for lou. can't wait for the reunion shows. Hope the bell house is in the tour mix.

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