Label: Half A Cow Records
Catalogue: HAC 73
Paper sleeve (fold out). Deleted.
01. Ya We Are Cruel But We Have Our Agenda
02. Hot Potato
03. Noble Rot
04. Breadcrumb Trail
05. Real McCoy, Wrong Sinatra
06. The Stars Are Coming Out
07. Eighteen in a Week
08. Recent Reich
09. Lucked Out
11. Jo Jo And The Guts
12. Lonely Kid
13. I Was Born To Change The World
A Condensed History Of Smudge
Smudge have been around since 1991 when Tom Morgan (guitar, vocals), Alison Galloway (drums) and Paul 'Duncs' Duncan (bass) got together to contribute a song to the Half A Cow 7 inch called 'Slice' (along with Swirl, Jupiter and Studley Lush). There's only so much room for two songs on one side of a 7 inch so Tom was asked by the label to write a song 'around a minute in length'. He came up with 'Tea, Toast & Turmoil' - a short, melodic pop song with colourful lyrics which set the blueprint for the future output of Smudge.
Tom and Alison used to hang out at the Lansdowne Hotel and talk about the 'pop-punk' band they were going to form - inspired by their heroes at the time Dinosaur Jr and Descendents. The newly-formed Half A Cow label and offered to put out a seven inch. 'Don't Want To Be Grant McLennan' soon followed. So did a review from NME which gave the slab 'single of the week'. Whilst on tour in Australia in the middle of 1991, Evan Dando from The Lemonheads met up with Tom (recording two songs for Tom's other band Sneeze) and a song-writing friendship was struck up and they co-wrote songs for 'It's A Shame About Ray' including the title track.
Two more releases followed for this lineup of Smudge - the 'Love, Lust & Lemonjuice' and 'Superhero' eepees- before Duncs left and was replaced by Adam Yee (formerly of noise-merchants Headache). This lineup still rocks to this day and have been responsible for 1994's 'Manilow' album, the 'Hot Smoke & Sassafras' mini-LP, 1996's 'You, Me, Carpark...Now' and many other releases.
A second guitarist, Pete Kelly, filled out the sound for much of late 1997 and 1998 and can be heard on their most recent album 'Real McCoy, Wrong Sinatra' which was released at the end of 1998. Pete has since left the band and they are back to being a three-piece
(from Half A Cow Records web site)