Artists have been covering Galaxie 500 songs all August in celebration of the vinyl release of the band's Copenhagen live album, which is out Saturday for Record Store Day. The series so far has included The Magnetic Fields, Thurston Moore, Mark Lanegan, The Feelies' Glenn Mercer, Papercuts, and more, and today we get two great bands covering songs from G500's classic second album, On Fire.
First is Real Estate who cover "Plastic Bird." As the band note, they used to get compared to Galaxie 500 a lot. “In the early days of Real Estate, people often assumed that Galaxie 500 were a big influence on us. In hindsight, I can definitely hear it, but at the time, I for one had never listened to them," says Martin Courtney. "Anyway I’m glad for the comparisons because it led me to actually check them out, and they became a favorite band of mine. So now I can say unequivocally that Galaxie 500 are indeed a big influence on us. Not that it matters! Wonderful band. Have a nice day.” It's a pretty lovely cover, definitely within Real Estate's wheelhouse, and you can listen here: