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Released: 1987

Rating: 3.250 (average of 2 ratings)

Genre: contemporary folk rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Strange Fire
  2. Crazy Game
  3. Left Me a Fool
  4. I Don’t Want to Know
  5. Hey Jesus
  6. Get Together
  7. Walk Away
  8. Make It Easier
  9. You Left it Up to Me
  10. Land of Canaan
* Track listing for the 1989 Epic Records reissue of the album. See “Notes” for original listing.

Total Running Time: 42:35

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.5
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 0.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 159
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Crazy Game (1985) –
  • Land of Canaan (1985) --

Notes: The original album featured the song “High Horse” but was replaced by “Get Together” on reissues. Original track listing for 1987 independent release of the album is as follows: 1. Make It Easier 2. Walk Away 3. Crazy Game 4. I Don’t Wanna Know 5. You Left It Up to Me 6. Hey Jesus 7. Strange Fire 8. High Horse 9. Left Me a Fool 10. Land of Canaan 11. Blood and Fire



Strange Fire
Indigo Girls
Strange Fire, the Indigo Girls’ debut album, was re-released after their next album Indigo Girls hit big on college radio in 1989. The beautiful harmonies of college friends Amy Ray and Emily Saliers was immediately apparent on this album, the two-girls-with-guitars format felt like a breath of fresh air from a musical city (Athens, GA) known more for alternative acts such as the B-52’s and R.E.M.” VI

“Although most of the songs featured both women’s voices complementing one another, it is clear that the songwriting came from two distinct sources. Emily Saliers, a talented guitarist, generally sings introspective songs in the tradition of folkies such as Joni Mitchell, whereas Amy Ray, whose influences include harder-edged acts such as Hüsker Dü, sings with a rare intensity only matched by the heavy strumming of her acoustic guitar.” VI

“At this stage, the Indigo Girls are still developing and their lyrics suffer in comparison to their future efforts, which perhaps explains why the fiery, upbeat, and passionate songs of Amy Ray work better than the spare, mellow songs of Emily Saliers. They perform a cover of the Youngblood’s Get Together that is every bit as good as the original, and their closing song Land of Canaan is a concert favorite. A must-own for fans, but casual listeners should start with their sophomore effort.” VI

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Crazy Game (live)

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Last updated March 11, 2011.