Galaxie 500 were a short-lived yet very influential Dream Pop band with elements of Shoegazing.Throughout their existence the band's members were:
- Dean Wareham - vocals, guitars
- Naomi Yang - bass
- Damon Krukowski - drums
- 1988 - Today
- 1989 - On Fire
- 1990 - This Is Our Music
- 2004 - Uncollected (rarities compilation)
Tropes evidenced by Galaxie 500:
- Apologises a Lot: "Sorry"Are you sorry that you love me
Am I sorry that I love you too
Seems it doesn't make a difference
That we're sorry all the time
- Cover Version: "Ceremony" by Joy Division and New Order, "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste" by Jonathan Richman, "Here She Comes Now" by Velvet Underground, "Rain" by The Beatles, "Isn't It a Pity" by George Harrison, "Victory Garden" by Red Krayola, "Listen, the Snow is Falling" by Yoko Ono and "Cheese and Onions" by The Rutles. Those are the ones that made it to their albums - they played a few more in concert.
- Epic Rocking: "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste", "Ceremony", "Summertime", "Listen, the Snow is Falling", "Here She Comes Now", the live medley of "Rain/Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste".
- I Am the Band: In recent years, Wareham has occasionally toured as "Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500".
- Mushroom Samba: "Strange" is about going grocery shopping while high on acid.Why's everybody actin funny?
Why's everybody look so strange?
Why's everybody look so nasty?
What do I want with all these things?
- Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Wareham and Yang.
- Record Producer: Mark Kramer.
- Shout-Out: This Is Our Music borrows its title from an Ornette Coleman album from 1960.
- And in reverse, one of the lyrics of "Stratford-on-Guy" by Liz Phair is And I was pretending that I was in a Galaxie 500 video.
- The cover of Cat Power's You Are Free is modeled after the one for Today.
- "Tugboat" is a shoutout to Sterling Morrison of Velvet Underground, who became a tugboat captain after the VU broke up.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Yang sings most of "Another Day" (Wareham joins in on the last chorus) and the Yoko Ono cover "Listen, the Snow is Falling", the latter being the only Galaxie 500 song without vocals by Wareham.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Some of Wareham's lyrics are just WTF-inducing, like "4th of July".