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Damon Krukowski Looks Back on Galaxie 500’s “On Fire”

Galaxie 500

“We knew we sounded wimpy compared to the rock ideal of the time. But to ourselves, we really were on fire” —Damon Krukowski

On Fire, which I recorded with my then-band Galaxie 500, was the last all-analog album I participated in. That means it’s not just old—it’s ancient. It was made to be a record—with two sides, and a paper sleeve. There was no other way to listen to it.

I can’t help but hear it now as preserved in analog amber for that reason. There’s a hesitation, an aura of space around its sounds that’s more than producer Kramer’s beloved plate reverb—I hear it even in the silences between tracks. Maybe it’s the awe we felt toward the recording process itself. Tape was rolling, our palms were sweating, we had one chance to get this down and here it was, for better or worse. Can you hear the sound of a moment passing from present to past?

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