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On Fire
Galaxie 500
On Fire
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Galaxie 500
Title: On Fire
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Original Release Date: 1/1/1990
Re-Release Date: 4/29/1997
Album Type: Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 014431035722, 014431035760

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Wrist-slitting fun
Pedro | New Zero Brazil | 02/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You just got dumped by your girlfriend, your dog just died, your really late on your college papers, you never get enough sleep... oh hell, put in G500's "On Fire" and just start crying. Because you're sad? No, no. Just 'cause the songs are just too damn beutiful. I love music, I got hundreds of CDs, but very few touch me like this one. It doesn't matter if you're listening to it in the subway, on bed or on the top of the Empire State Building, it always makes you feel kinda funny, inadequate, really. The world becomes absurd, abstract, deadly at every little corner. "Blue Thunder" is one of the most warm and gutsy song I've ever heard. And "Strange", makes you feel like one. If you want to be a lonely argonaut travelling in a sea of faceless people, then buy this album, lock your door and hide all pointy objects."
I once got beat up to this C.D.
hominuslupus | albuquerque, nm USA | 09/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"And while it was no fun having a skinny white guy's boot repeatedly assault my groin and lower abdomen, I couldn't help but notice the etheral guittar chords and well written lyrics playing in the background. Until then, I had only been beat up to rap music. They say music is the strongest source of nostalgia, and they are right. This C.D. takes me back to some good times."
Firing on All Cylinders
Greg Cleary | Marquette, MI United States | 02/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just one year after a very good debut album ("Today"), Galaxie 500 hit the jackpot with "On Fire." This is one of those albums where a band miraculously gets everything right, with all the elements of their sound falling into place. The Galaxie 500 formula was basically pretty simple, and all three instrumentalists contributed about equally. Damon Krukowski's splashy drumming did as much to set the mood as did Naomi Yang's understated bass and Dean Wareham's blaring guitars. The overall effect is sort of a musical glow, as suggested by the orange album cover, and there are enough earthly concerns in the lyrics to remind us which planet we inhabit after all. "On Fire" is pervaded by themes of escape, isolation, and longing. Though the music has a soothing effect, there is an angst here, a genuine attempt to connect. This is no mere exercise in style. The Galaxie 500 sound was heavily influenced by the Velvet Underground, especially VU's droniest material, such as "Venus in Furs." Yet somehow, the Galaxie 500 drone does not borrow so obviously from Indian music. It sounds entirely American, with hints of jazz, blues, folk, and rock and roll. But only hints. Mostly, Galaxie 500 sounded nothing like any band that came before it--at least as far as I know. Their music was ahead of its time. "Blue Thunder" may be the band's best song ever, with a crescendo leading to the chorus: "I'll drive so far away!" "Snowstorm" is a brilliant take on how we experience snowstorms nowadays, watching the TV and maybe hoping we can get out of work early; the music approaches quietly before rushing in and enveloping us. "Another Day" features a haunting vocal by Naomi Yang, and the remake of George Harrison's "Isn't It A Pity" is perfect, staying true to the spirit of the song while gently recasting it in the Galaxie 500 mold. "On Fire" is a classic of its genre, and a great combination of sound and songwriting. This is the place to start if you are interested in the music of Galaxie 500."