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On Golden Smog
Golden Smog
On Golden Smog
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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Following the success of Golden Smog's second release, Down by the Old Mainstream, Rykodisc has managed to reissue this 1992 debut EP (originally released on the now-defunct Crackpot Records). Unlike their later release, t...  more »

      
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All Artists: Golden Smog
Title: On Golden Smog
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Release Date: 5/21/1996
Album Type: EP
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Americana, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 014431034824

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Following the success of Golden Smog's second release, Down by the Old Mainstream, Rykodisc has managed to reissue this 1992 debut EP (originally released on the now-defunct Crackpot Records). Unlike their later release, this disc contains no originals. Rather it is filled with five unlikely covers ranging from Bad Company's "Shooting Star" to Thin Lizzy's "Cowboy Song." This early lineup features the best the Twin Cities had to offer--Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum), Gary Louris and Marc Perlman (the Jayhawks), Craig Johnson (Run Westy Run), and Chris Mars (the Replacements)--all billed under Golden Smog pseudonyms, of course. While it doesn't resonate with any majestic brilliance, On Golden Smog sounds remarkably like five friends jamming over a few cases of beer, which, according to legend, is how Golden Smog came to be. It's not heavy. It's not deep. It's just a lot of fun. --Bill Snyder

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A Delicious Before Dinner Snack
amer.family@erols.com | Washington DC | 09/07/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)

"A precursor to their later super collaberation "Down by the Old Mainstream," this short and fun collection is a rocking must have for anyone whose ever admired the likes of Soul Asylum, Wilco, the Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Run Westy Run, or any other member of the No Depression, Wheatfield Soul movement. Combines the elements of rock, country/bluegrass and others to make a smorgesborg of sound."
Worth it , even for the casual fan
Michael | New Castle, DE ( Top of the Food Chain ) | 02/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This debut EP from the "supergroup", Golden Smog is actually very lacking....but only in it's brevity. This beautiful and rockin' disc is brought to you by members of Wilco, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum, and Run Westy Run. But you wouldn't know that from the liner notes, due to contract stipulations they couldn't use their real names on this debut ( instead they use aliases created by combining their middle names and street they grew up on ) Luckily their real talent still shines through. And although all the songs on here are covers, the Smog breathes new life into these 70's rockers. "Son" opens the CD with a bouncy, fun hook that you can not help but tap along to. "Easy To Be Hard" is a slow ballad that explodes in the chorus and will bring a tear to your eye, no matter how hard you fight it back. Then we move on to " Shooting Star " , a cover so good that Bad Company called up the Smogsters and asked them record their next album for them since these guys play the material better than the Not-So- Good Corporation ever could. ( I can't back that claim up ) Anyway what it all boils down to is you're a fan of the No Depression " movement" and you need to know whether this one is worthwhile. So, I answer you by saying, if Wilco and The Jayhawks are your breed of cat....click that shopping cart icon. And if not, give it a try anyway, I bet it's better than that Britney Spears CD you're debating over......and cheaper too."