On Fire (Galaxie 500 album)

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On Fire
On Fire (Front Cover).png
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 1989 (1989-10-20)[1]
Recorded1989
StudioNoise New York
Genre
Length40:13
LabelRough Trade
ProducerMark Kramer
Galaxie 500 chronology
Today
(1988)
On Fire
(1989)
This Is Our Music
(1990)
Singles from On Fire
  1. "Blue Thunder"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound8/10[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[7]
Mojo5/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork10/10[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[10]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[11]
The Village VoiceB[12]

On Fire is the second studio album by American indie rock band Galaxie 500, released in 1989 on Rough Trade Records.

The Rolling Stone Album Guide called it Galaxie 500's "best album by far".[10] In 2002, Pitchfork placed it at number 16 on its "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s" list.[13] In 2013, Fact placed it at number 51 on its "100 Best Albums of the 1980s" list.[14] In 2018, Pitchfork ranked it fourth on its "The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums" list.[3]

In 2010, the album was re-issued and peaked at number 45 on the UK Independent Albums Chart[15] and number 10 on the UK Independent Album Breakers Chart.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Galaxie 500, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Blue Thunder"3:45
2."Tell Me"3:50
3."Snowstorm"5:10
4."Strange"3:16
5."When Will You Come Home"5:21
6."Decomposing Trees"4:05
7."Another Day"3:41
8."Leave the Planet"2:40
9."Plastic Bird"3:15
10."Isn't It a Pity" (George Harrison)5:10
Total length:40:13

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

Galaxie 500

Additional personnel

  • Mark Kramer – production, engineering, "cheap organ" on "Isn't It a Pity"
  • Ralph Carney – tenor saxophone on "Decomposing Trees"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[15] 45
UK Independent Album Breakers (OCC)[16] 10

Release history[edit]

Year Label Format Region
1989 Rough Trade LP, CD, cassette UK
1989 Rough Trade US LP, CD US
1997 Rykodisc LP, CD US
2009 20/20/20 LP US

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGonigal, Mike (2013). "On The Floor". Temperature's Rising Galaxie 500: An Oral and Visual History (1st ed.). Verse Chorus Press. p. 101. ISBN 1-8912-4156-7.
  2. ^ a b Richardson, Mark (March 30, 2010). "Galaxie 500: Today / On Fire / This Is Our Music". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums". Pitchfork. April 16, 2018. p. 3. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "On Fire – Galaxie 500". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (November 23, 1989). "Galaxie 500: On Fire (Rough Trade)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  6. ^ alex_snax (March 26, 2010). "Album Review: Galaxie 500 – Today, On Fire, This is Our Music (reissued)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  8. ^ "Galaxie 500: Today / On Fire / This Is Our Music". Mojo (197). April 2010.
  9. ^ Azerrad, Michael (March 22, 1990). "On Fire: Galaxie 500". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 31, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Galaxie 500". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 321. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 13, 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s (page 9 of 10)". Pitchfork. November 20, 2002. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s (page 51 of 101)". Fact. June 24, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50: 28 March 2010 - 03 April 2010". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Official Independent Album Breakers Chart Top 20: 28 March 2010 - 03 April 2010". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 15, 2018.

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