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Down about it – Smudge

Yeah, that’s right – SMUDGE! It is a measure of some reassurance and vindication that most of the Lemonheads best songs were written by someone else – usually an Australian and usually Tom Morgan. The alternative Adonis figurehead that is Evan Dando can have all the swoons and Rolling Stone covers he wants. We know where the songs lie. We know where to find the better original versions. We know who gets to rake in the songwriting royalties.

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Pulp

Pulp – Smudge

Still a great song. I once saw (and probably could still) Love, Lust and Lemonjuice in Red Eye Records, second hand, for $50; You, Me, Carpark…Now! for $100. As it had to be a pricing mistake, i went to the clerk to ask. A condescending “Yes…”, a scoff, justification for such outrageous pricing, and outright pleasure in keeping a schween like me distant from great music was my reply. Well fuck you because a) i already own them, b) way to work in a record store, c) you can find both of those CDs in pretty much any Cash Converters you could bear to drag your haughty self into, and d) i’m not sure you know who Smudge are other than a band your store deemed suitable for an extortionate CD price.

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Pulp

Pulp – Smudge

The best use of the word “pulp” in this household. What an amazing band Smudge were. They were just before my time, or at my earliest of times with all impediment of the misguided and inflexible tastes i had back then, but over the 5, 6, 7 years their brilliance finally reached me and i’ve succumbed to every bit of it. So i fall on another posthumous appreciation of an excellent band. At least this one had some amount of deserved success. I would have loved to have been around for it, with this expanse of taste and love for them i have now. At least they left such a significant trace all the components readily exist for discovery. Walk into any second hand record store, find the Smudge CDs, fall in love. We’ve had a lot of good bands here that seem prime for such rediscovery: Pollyanna, The Hummingbirds, Sandpit, Even, Sodastream, Screamfeeder (who just rereleased Kitten Licks in a deluxe edition), etcetera. It’s like giving a contemporary face to those old Recovery bands. It’s like realising amazing music existed beyond me as close to home as this, as well as on distant shores. To be everywhere, everytime at once.

splndour in the grass

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