Galaxie 500- On Fire (1989)

If you’re wondering why these idiots decided to call themselves Galaxie 500, it’s because one of their friends had a Ford. The Ford Galaxie was a 4-door sedan in production in the United States from 1958 to 1974. Some versions of the vehicle were branded the Galaxie 500 to denote their luxury status. Ford Europe also released the Galaxy in 1996, but it’s a stupid looking car and has nothing to do with this band. Don’t ask me how I know this, but  the reason Galaxie 500 actually broke up is because they were tired of having a shitty name.

Luckily for us, Galaxie 500 is better at making awesome records than coming up with band names that don’t totally suck. On Fire is a jangly,  lo-fi dream pop masterpiece.

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Meat Puppets- II (1984)

You may have heard of the Meat Puppets because they wrote three of Nirvana’s best songs. The Vaselines, David Bowie, and Lead Belly wrote the other three. But, the Meat Puppets have many other good songs, too. Some of them are on this album.

II is all over the place in a good way. There’s a lot of variety in the roster. Some songs are plucky and slow and others are going to make you feel angry. It’s funky in a folky way. It’s like a less stupid Ween album.

I saw the Meat Puppets at The Independent in San Francisco fairly recently. These dudes are pretty fat now but they still put on a really good show with a lot of improvisation. It’s clear that they love what they are doing.

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre- Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request (1996)

This is quite possibly the most underrated and overlooked album of all time. Everyone says that about Pink Moon but they’re wrong. At least, I think people say that about Pink Moon. Pink Moon seems like an album people would say that about. Pink Moon is just okay. People only really like Nick Drake because he was sad.

Their Satanic Majesties’ is one of three wildly different albums released by BJM in 1996 and it is floral in the best of ways. It is a not-so-subtle tribute to The Rolling Stones and Donovan, but it is not derivative. The Brian Jonestown Massacre took these inspirations and created something less naive and in my opinion, more interesting. The drugs are stronger and the moods darker. Songs like “Feelers”, “Anenome”, and “Miss June ’75” help define a dreamy sound that was and is entirely unique to the band.

All you dads who relate to young people by bragging about having seen Hendrix once are going to hate me for ragging on the Stones, but anyone who says they don’t prefer the KISS version of “2000 Man” is lying.

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