Former Galaxie 500 Members' Album Re-Issued

If you missed More Sad Hits the first time, now's the chance to check it out.

After Galaxie 500 broke up, while Dean Wareham formed the more

up-tempo, but still Velvet Underground-obsessed, Luna, the group's rhythm

section--Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang--recorded an album, More Sad

Hits, for producer Kramer's Shimmy Disc label.

On May 6, that 1992

album, a beautifully-crafted suite of frail love songs and downbeat anthems,

will be re-issued by Sub Pop. "In 1992, Naomi [Yang] and I thought we were

retired from the music business--Galaxie 500 had broken up very bitterly, Rough

Trade (Galaxie 500's record label) had gone bankrupt, and we had decided the

hell with it, and packed our instruments in a closet," writes Krukowski,

explaining how the album, released under the name Damon & Naomi, came about.

"We nonetheless kept writing songs from time to time, without any thought of

what we would 'do' with them.

"Then Kramer started calling and asking us

to make a record with him for Shimmy Disc," continues Krukowski. "After

summarily saying no for months, Naomi had a change of heart and decided that

even if we were giving up on making records, we needed to do it on our own

terms and not just have the plug pulled on us--a record of our own would give

us a chance to close it on ourselves. Eventually I was convinced by Naomi and

worn down by Kramer, and in the summer we went down to Noise with the bunch of

songs we had collected since the end of Galaxie 500."

The songs Krukowski

speaks of range from the ethereal jangle of "Little Red Record Co." with its

hypnotic and revealing refrain, "and when the bubble breaks/ will we fall too

far?/ will we fall in place/ or will it move us on?" to the "Space Oddity"-like

"Information Age" which seamlessly blends Krukowski and Yang's vocals in a

wavering lament on the collapse of computers, love and everything that used to

make sense.

Other songs range from the dirge "This Car Climbed Mt.

Washington" with its Neil Youngian guitar solo to the dreamy "Boston's Daily

Temperature," on which Krukowski's breathy vocals joust with cellos, violins

and cryptic lyrics about storms and driving. Krukowski and Yang, who released

another Damon & Naomi album on Sub Pop in 1995, The Wondrous World of Damon

and Naomi, were last seen jamming with Wayne Rogers' neo-psychedelic

outfit, Magic Hour.

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