Thursday, March 9
[Third installment in our series of broken-up bands.]
Luna was born out of the break-up of Dean Wareham's previous band, Galaxie 500. I can't be sure, but I think I discovered them with the song "California (All the Way)," which remains my favorite Luna tune till this day. I don't know what it is, exactly, about Wareham's voice that I like so much. It has a certain unassuming, "woozy" quality that leaves me halfway between sadness and laughter (actually, a hell of a lot closer to "laughter").
All things considered, the group had a good, 12-year run, though I've heard a lot of Galaxie 500/early Luna fans bitch about the quality of the later albums. Granted, Rendezvous may not have been the strongest of swansongs, but there is ample solid material on each of their records to satisfy this listener.
Dean Wareham, by the way, released an album with second Luna bassist Britta Phillips in 2003 called L'Avventura. Their voices work well together, so I was happy to see that they're currently in the studio recording a follow-up with producer Tony Visconti. Stay tuned.
From the LP Bewitched, 1994 >>>
[MP3] "California (All the Way)"
From the LP Penthouse, 1995 >>>
[MP3] "Double Feature"
From the LP The Days of Our Nights, 1999 >>>
[MP3] "Superfreaky Memories"
From the LP Romantica, 2002 >>>
[MP3] "Mermaid Eyes"
From the LP Rendezvous, 2004 >>>