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Luna Demos 1991

by Dean Wareham

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Alasdair Dickson
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Alasdair Dickson When I was fifteen years old I took a chance on Galaxie 500’s ‘On Fire’, having wandered into the aftermath of their Rough Trade Neal’s Yard instore during my work lunch-break. I’d not heard of the band but had a nice chat with the singer Dean, one which touched upon The Cure and the Bunnymen. I sloped back to work with the album in its bag, unaware that Wareham would become my favourite singer-songwriter and lyricist for the next three decades. Favorite track: Crazy People.
Jesse Mullen
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Jesse Mullen Some of these demos might be even better than the finished tracks. It's easy to see why Elektra said "Yes." (For what it's worth, Dean's multiple layers of guitars at the end of "Anesthesia" had me blown away especially. And the clean-esque jangle of "I Can't Wait" sounds even better with an actual member of the legendary group joining him. "Slash Your Tires" is brilliant and cutting in any form you can find.) Buy it now Favorite track: Anesthesia.
phil obbard
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phil obbard Thank you Dean for sharing these with us (and for a good cause). Hope this isn't the last trip to Luna's vaults... Favorite track: Slash Your Tires.
alan clark
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alan clark Great to hear early versions of these well known songs - looking forward to seeing Luna in Leeds this August Favorite track: Anesthesia.
Aleksandra rimmer
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Aleksandra rimmer Do we really need to discuss this ?
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rgnyct It's great to hear the transition from Galaxie 500 to Luna. These demos stand on their own. Favorite track: Anesthesia.
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Anesthesia 02:31
I Can't Wait 02:39
Time 02:13
Crazy People 03:25


These are demo tracks from the period after Galaxie 500 broke up, recorded at Wharton Tiers' Fun City Studios in New York City, featuring Dean Wareham accompanied by drummer Jimy Chambers (Mercury Rev) and, on "I Can't Wait" by Hamish Kilgour of the Clean. Later versions of the songs appear on Luna's Lunapark album.

Luna (at this early stage Dean Wareham) was signed to Elektra by A&R man Terry Tolkin who had previously worked at Rough Trade, Touch & Go and Caroline Records. Terry now lives in New Orleans and is gravely ill. He is fighting a rare and aggressive virus that has his doctors perplexed, and facing huge medical bills for hospital visits, thrice-weekly dialysis and prescription drug co-pays.

All profits from the sale of this digital EP on Bandcamp are being sent directly to Terry to help pay his bills. Price is $7 but you are free to donate more. . .


released June 27, 2015

Engineered and Mixed by Wharton Tiers at Fun City. Mastered at Cauliflower Audio.
Photograph by Michael Lavine. Design by Laurie Henzel. Dean Wareham all instruments except drums by Jimy Chambers on Tracks 1, 3,4,5 and Hamish Kilgour on Track 2.


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Luna was formed in 1991 by Dean Wareham after the breakup of Galaxie 500, with Stanley Demeski of The Feelies and Justin Harwood of The Chills. Guitarist Sean Eden joined in 1994, Lee Wall replaced Demeski on drums in 1997, and Britta Phillips replaced Harwood on bass in 2000. Luna released their final album, Rendezvous, in 2005 after playing their final concert at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. ... more


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