Galaxie 500 - Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste 1987 - 1991
Comprehensive account of the history of Galaxie 500, one of indepedent music's most influential and beloved bands. This release is a compendium of all their music videos, a rare TV appearance and an archive of over 40 songs performed live, including two songs that have never previously been released.
Galaxie 500: Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste 1987-1991 is an ideal collection of materials both for completist fans of Galaxie 500 and anyone who hasn't heard the Boston low-fi band's sometimes powerful legacy. The two discs in this set cover, among other things, the trio's ventures in music videos, each of which is a provocative barrage of found footage suited to Galaxie's searching, psychedelic sound. More focused is a suite of live performances, with plenty of space for Galaxie's introspective jamming, taped for British television in 1990 and including a fine version of "Here She Comes Now," with a floating, Velvet Underground-like feel and imaginative guitar solo by Dean Wareham. Most of what's here, however, is bootleg concert video shot in the U.S. and U.K. Quality varies radically, but the best of these live dates transcends technical limitations, particularly a fierce, October 1990 set played at San Francisco's Kennel Club and a brilliant show, one month later, at the University of London, in which this inspired if sometimes-lugubrious outfit played as if possessed. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
- 4 music videos
- Over 20 songs recored live in concert
- UK TV broadcast
- Two bootleg concerts
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The picture and sound quality aren't state-of-the-art-2006. I can't believe that anyone who reflected upon it for even a moment would've expected otherwise (a pleasing irony of the sometimes cavernous sound is that the viewer feels that much more like she is actually in the performance space. Pristine sound would be hard-pressed to rival this effect) . One of the larger swatches of history on display here is a concert bootleg the band members themselves had never watched until putting the DVD together; they'd picked it up overseas, and it was in PAL.
All four of Galaxie 500's music videos are included. The videos are (not surprisingly) very low budget, and the visuals reflect this. They are shot with a dream-like aura that almost forces one to focus upon the music, and allows the video to sit on the back burner. The aesthetics of the videos only serve to make the viewer appreciate the music that much more. I'd prefer to watch them with my eyes closed or my back to the TV, but if I am ever so inclined to watch the video, it's certainly nice to have the option...
The live performances, which are compiled from a combination of low-budget professional and fan footage, are great. Most of them appear to have been shot on VHS or Hi-8. The quality of which is lacking, but also lending to a more intimate atmosphere. It puts the viewer at the show. It's not like watching HBOs newest incarnation of a Britney Spears concert (should I say spectacle?), nor should it be. It's kinda like watching your neighbors home movies, only this time it doesn't suck. The settings are so intimate (some looking as though they were shot in a basement), that you can't help but to appreciate what you are watching. At least I couldn't.
This DVD was a pleasant surprise. It is loaded with material, and the material is good. Given the quality of the sources, one couldn't ask for much more, and so I can wholeheartedly recommend this, even to the most casual of fans.
While the music videos are great and surprisingly violent (but effective), the live performances are the real treasures here. Ranging from professionally-produced concert footage, to a performance in a high school gym (!), to a rare 3-guitar-attack set on UK TV (featuring drummer Damon Krukowski on acoustic guitar), the live bootlegs are each as charming and unique as the band's music and their occasionally questionable quality only adds to the band's beautifully stark aesthetic.
Another great thing about this DVD is its 28-page color booklet featuring an entertaining interview with the band by James McNew of Yo La Tengo. Topics range from the ever-changing hairstyles of Naomi Yang to the never-changing Spacemen 3 shirt of Dean Wareham.
Anyone interested in Galaxie 500 should pick up this extensive and delightful DVD set.
The entire 2nd dvd of bootleg concerts sounds as if it was recorded on a 1970's boombox. Almost unwatchable.
The 1st dvd is OK in places. The Commonwealth School set audio/visual is OK. The Middle East footage is OK (interesting to me b/c I go there). Some of the Kennel Club is OK. The BBC is very good but no drums, all 3 play guitar, bass. The videos stink (why is the sound so bad?).
Whoever thought this was worth releasing has a lot of nerve.
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