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Luna

In the wake of the rather acrimonious breakup of his previous band, Galaxie 500, singer/guitarist Dean Wareham issued a 1991 solo EP, Anesthesia, and appeared on the brilliant Mercury Rev single "Car Wash Hair" before announcing the formation of a new band, dubbed Luna, in 1992. Originally named Luna², the trio was a kind of alternative pop supergroup that also included former Chills bassist Justin Harwood and ex-Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski.

After signing with Elektra, they debuted with the LP Lunapark, which earned comparison to Wareham's Galaxie 500 output for his continued reliance on laconic, Lou Reed/Tom Verlaine-inspired vocals and minimalist songcraft. In truth, however, Luna employed more uptempo rhythms and sharper melodies than its predecessor, a point further driven home by the 1994 masterpiece Bewitched. Featuring new second guitarist Sean Eden, the LP also included a guest appearance from the Velvet Underground's legendary Sterling Morrison, who added his distinctive guitar presence to tracks like "Friendly Advice" and "Great Jones Street." Another guest, Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, turned up to duet with Wareham on a cover of the Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot classic "Bonnie and Clyde" for the follow-up, 1995's Penthouse. Minus Demeski, Luna resurfaced in 1997 with Pup Tent.

Just prior to releasing their fifth full-length, The Days of Our Nights, Elektra dropped the band. Eventually landing at the Jericho label, Luna finally issued the album in the U.S. in the fall of 1999. The new millennium saw many changes for the band again. Founding bassist Justin Harwood left the band, moving back to his native New Zealand to spend time raising his baby girl. Ben Lee/Ultrababyfat bassist Britta Phillips replaced Harwood after touring with Luna during a spring 2000 tour. Their first concert album, Luna Live, recorded at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., in December 1999 and the Knitting Factory in New York in July 2000, was issued in early 2001.

Luna wrapped up recording their sixth studio album in late 2001 and prepared it for a spring 2002 release on Jetset Records. Entitled Romantica, it was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Mogwai, Mercury Rev, the Flaming Lips) and produced by Gene Holder. Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips recorded a duet album entitled Avventura that was produced by Tony Visconti and released in May of 2002 also through Jetset. In 2004, after announcing their impending retirement, the group released Rendezvous, their seventh and final record. To commemorate their tenure, Luna issued the 17-song retrospective The Best of Luna on Rhino in June 2006. A digital-only collection of covers entitled Lunafied as well as the DVD version of their Matthew Buzzell-directed tour documentary, Tell Me Do You Miss Me, both arrived in June. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Best Of Luna

1. Moon Palace

2. California (All The Way)

3. Anesthesia

4. Friendly Advice

5. Sideshow By The Seashore

6. Pup Tent

7. Slide

8. Tiger Lily

9. Chinatown

10. Tracy I Love You

11. Bewitched

12. Superfreaky Memories

13. Astronaut

14. Lovedust

15. I Want Everything

16. Lost In Space

17. 23 Minutes In Brussels

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Track List: Rendezvous

1. Malibu Love Nest

3. Speedbumps

4. The Owl & the Pussycat

5. Astronaut

6. Broken Chair

7. Star-Spangled Man

8. Motel Bambi

9. Still at Home

10. Buffalo Boots

11. Rainbow Babe

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Track List: Romantica

1. Lovedust

2. Weird And Woozy

3. Black Postcards

4. Black Champagne

5. Swedish Fish

7. Mermaid Eyes

8. 1995

9. Rememories

10. Dizzy

11. Orange Peel

12. Romantica

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Track List: Live

1. Bewitched (Live)

2. Chinatown (Live)

3. Friendly Advice (Live)

4. Pup Tent (Live)

5. Slide Show By The Sea Shore (Live)

6. Anesthesia (Live)

7. Tiger Lily (Live)

8. 4000 Days (Live)

9. Hello Little One (Live)

10. Moon Palace (Live)

11. Lost In Space (Live)

12. 20 Minutes In Brussels (Live)

13. 4th Of July (Live)

14. Bonnie And Clyde (Live)

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Track List: Penthouse

1. Chinatown

2. Sideshow By The Seashore

3. Moon Palace

4. Double Feature

5. 23 Minutes In Brussels

6. Lost In Space

7. Rhythm King

8. Kalamazoo

9. Hedgehog

10. Freakin' And Peakin'

11. Bonnie And Clyde

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Track List: Bewitched

1. California (All The Way)

2. Tiger Lily

3. Friendly Advice

4. Bewitched

5. This Time Around

6. Great Jones Street

7. Going Home

8. Into The Fold

9. I Know You Tried

10. Sleeping Pill

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Track List: Slide

1. Slide

2. Indian Summer

3. Ride Into The Sun

4. That's What You Always Say

5. Hey Sister

6. Rollercoaster

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Track List: Close Cover Before Striking

1. Astronaut

2. Waiting On A Friend

3. Teenage Lightning

4. Drunken Whistler

5. The Alibi

6. New Haven Comet

7. Neon Lights

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Track List: Never Enough (Single)

1. Never Enough

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milosdad
Never heard these cats before. I like it.
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Yeah, thanx, your the best :)
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Oh yeah, Luna..forgot all about them! Thanks Pandora for helping me remember all the awesome music I used to like and completely forgot about❣
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It almost kind of sound like sweet jane
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Lovely ...
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except maybe Galaxy 500
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they stand alone. I can see the correlation between them and the VU. but really, no one is like Luna
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Amazing, sublime band and they reunited for a tour in 2015. Still touring I believe.
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How is this ever similar to JAMC
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Pretty Chill Band
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Ah. Yo La Tengo without all that Yo La Tengo.
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Ah. Right. Yo La Tengo, without all that Lo La Tengo.
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xhidden99
there are two types of Dean Wareham songs - the slow one and the fast one.
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I really admire songs that can accumulate intensity while maintaining a sense of balance -- almost calm. This song is a model of the concept.
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Really 23 minutes in Brussels has to be one of the best songs ever recorded
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I Want Everything, what a Great song, it just has such a great flow and delivery, dreamlike vocals, hidden treasure
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This is the first Pandora discovery that made me go buy their music. downloaded all they had available on the Google store. Pretty neat stuff!
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Good band, always enjoy their music
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stcharlesnat e
The mellow tune of 23 minutes in Brussels and California relaxed me so much.
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GREATEST. BAND. EVER. VIVA LUNA! VIVA DEAN!
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If Lou Reed sang vocals for the Feelies, it would be Luna, only better
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Lunapark, please
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Heard I Want Everything in a movie and just loved it. also Freakin and Peakin, Tiger Lilly, California All the Way, quality tunes indeed.
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second to last show was not in detroit but at the bowery ballroom nyc as were the subsequent last two weeks. the VU reference is correct but Dean lacks the true Lou Reed lyricist touch. All in all a great band I relied on for the 15 dollar concert. Better live than in studio, (see Luna Live) The albums to buy are Luna Park, Pup Tent, Penthouse, and the Live album. If your looking for the true Vu influenced band try The Feelies.
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somebody likes Lou Reed....
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Dean please reunite Luna!!!!
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Definitely a Lou Reed/VU feel in there. Like it.
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vsimmonds012 3
they sound cool. love their music:)
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RE: The Velvet Underground - My thoughts exactly. I was surprised there was no mention in the Biography or similar artists about the influence or similarity.
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gpgeyerman
I've never heard this band before, sounds alot like The Velvet Underground. Pretty impressive.
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mazzystr
Their second to last show was in Detroit. For some reason I procrastinat e d in getting tickets assuming I could scalp a ticket at the door of St. Andrews. I was wrong. I got to listen to the show from the back alley of the Shelter while enjoying a pizza and a beer. I had perfect sound and didn't have a bunch of kiddies bumping into me and blowing smoke in my eye. Good memories. I think I've seen live at least 10 times.

Luna represents my youth and both are now gone.

RIP /C
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I like Galaxie 500 a great deal, but I think I actually prefer Luna. I just find myself humming their tunes all the time. They're infectious!
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jhcohen35
i love the Live Luna album 1 of my favorites
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the first 3 luna discs are great. skip the fussing, peoples -- and get them all!
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benoit.barbe r o u s s e
Get Rendezvous!
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hmmmmm
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Hmmm, new to this, but need to look way more into. IF I were to buy one CD to start - which is the best, most representati v e ? Thanks.
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punkrockfemi n i s t
luna was the best,i miss this kind of music, for anyone who does not know about bongwater, ann magnuson, kramer or any of the other Shimmy Discers, go check them out...I always fall back on my 90's shimmies
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I miss Luna...come back!!
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Reminds me of Yo La Tengo for sure.
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I love this band! Followed them from beginning to end. Dean and Shawn have some of the most amazing guitar back and forth than any other band. The sounds are crisp yet smooth as silk. Check out deans new project with his wife (Britta, the bass player in Luna) Its just fantastic. http://www.d e a n a n d b r i t t a . c o m /
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Thank you for your polite comment.
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SUCKS!!! SUCKS!!! AND NO CHICK SHOULD EVER COVER SLAYER, EVER.
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flynnbm4
Very Velvets and T. Verlaine indeed. Amazing how many bands were influeneced by Velvets and TV. Updated sounds however. Very clean and steady muzak.
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bromide01
Way to be a jerk boss. Maybe the recession will weed out people like you.
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Yes to Galaxy 500. I am often singing Tugboat Captain at the top of my lungs, much to the dismay of others in my department.

I don't care though, for I am the one with the office, and when I interview people I make sure they understand that I am prone to singing Tugboat Captain when the mood strikes me. I have delightful employees because of this.
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bromide01
Luna should cover Slayer's "South of Heaven" album in it's entirety.
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warehouselov e 7 5
Luna has some amazing songs, but Galaxie 500 has even more magic. They are both great bands in the end.
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jjennings
Great band, great sound! Saw them about 8 times in NYC (Tramps, Bowery Ballroom, etc.). I really miss them now.
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wjstahl1
sounds like love and rockets on heroin
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