On Fire (Galaxie 500 album)

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On Fire
Onfire galaxie500.jpg
Studio album by Galaxie 500
Released 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Dream pop, slowcore, shoegazing
Length 40:13
51:32 (with bonus tracks)
Label Rough Trade
Producer Mark Kramer
Galaxie 500 chronology
On Fire
This Is Our Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 10/10[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[4]
Spin 8/10[5]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Village Voice B[7]

On Fire is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Galaxie 500, released in 1989 on Rough Trade Records. It was recorded at Noise NY in New York City with Mark Kramer handling production duties. The Rolling Stone Album Guide called it Galaxie 500's "best album by far".[4]

In 1997, Rykodisc re-released the album with three bonus tracks. The CD version of the re-issue also included the music video for the song "When Will You Come Home".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Galaxie 500 except where noted.
No. Title Length
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:

1997 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
11. "Victory Garden" (Steve Cunningham, Mayo Thompson) 2:48
12. "Ceremony" (Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner) 5:55
13. "Cold Night"   2:36



  • Rykodisc
    • 1997
    • Remastered by Mark Kramer and Alan Douches in 1996.
    • Includes "Victory Garden" by Red Crayola, "Ceremony" by New Order and "Cold Night", an original, as bonus tracks.
    • Includes the music video for "When Will You Come Home", directed by Sergio Huidor in 1988.
  • 20/20/20
    • 2010
    • Released on vinyl LP and CD. Vinyl version contains no bonus tracks.
    • CD version contains "Victory Garden," "Ceremony" and "Cold Night," and also contains Peel Sessions as a bonus disc.



  • Weisbard, Eric; Craig Marks (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 

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