Today (Galaxie 500 album)

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ReleasedOctober 21, 1988 (1988-10-21)
RecordedJuly 1988
StudioNoise New York
Label Aurora
Producer Mark Kramer
Galaxie 500 chronology
On Fire
Singles from Today
  1. "Tugboat" / "King of Spain"
    Released: May 1988

Today is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Galaxie 500, released in 1988 on Aurora Records.


In 2010, the album was re-issued and peaked at number 16 on the UK Independent Album Breakers Chart. [4]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [5]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 [6]
Mojo Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
NME 8/10 [8]
Pitchfork 9.5/10 [9]
Record Collector Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [11]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 7/10 [12]
The Village Voice B+ [13]

In 2018, Pitchfork ranked it at number 16 on its "The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums" list. [1]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Galaxie 500, except where noted.

1."Flowers" 4:26
2."Pictures" 3:23
3."Parking Lot" 2:52
4."Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste" Jonathan Richman 6:47
5."Temperature's Rising" 5:05
6."Oblivious" 3:18
7."It's Getting Late" 3:29
8."Instrumental" 3:01
9."Tugboat" 3:53
Total length:36:40
1989 CD reissue German edition bonus tracks
10."King of Spain"4:33
Total length:43:00
1991 / 1997 CD reissue US edition bonus track
10."King of Spain"4:33
Total length:41:16


Credits adapted from liner notes.

Galaxie 500

Additional personnel

Cover photograph is by Eugene Atget.


Chart (2010)Peak
UK Independent Album Breakers (OCC) [4] 16

Release history

1991 Rough Trade US CDR266US
1991Rough Trade USLPR266US
1997 Rykodisc enhanced CD10356US
200920/20/20LP, CD202020.07US

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