Theme Switcher
Switch to:

mewe


Join us over at the Facebook replacement MeWe.com. Join up and become part of 2018's great migration off of Facebook.
Login
Username

Password



Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6679
Comments: 16714
Ratings: 4967
Forum Posts: 22735
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1994 Articles » Smudge - 1994 Manilow
 
Smudge - 1994 Manilow



ARTIST: Smudge
ALBUM: Manilow
LABEL: Half A Cow Records
SERIAL: D 31124
YEAR: 1994
CD REISSUE: 2006, Half A Cow, 26/116 (reissue)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tom Morgan - guitar, vocals * Alison Galloway - drums, vocals * Adam Yee - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Manilow * 02 Ingrown * 03 Impractical Joke * 04 Superhero * 05 Funny You Should Mention That * 06 Bodyshirt * 07 Down About It * 08 Little Help * 09 Desmond * 10 Scary Cassettes * 11 Mr Coffee Man * 12 Pulp * 13 Dave The Talking Bear * 14 Ugly, Just Like Me * 15 Divan * 16 Not Here For A Haircut * 17 Don't Understand * 18 Hell On Hot Bread * 19 Top Bunkin' Duncan * 20 Charles In Charge * 21 Kelly From Cheers * 22 No Name


Background
In the UK, Smudge are little more than cult figures. They achieved cult status through mainman Tom Morgan's many collaborations with Evan Dando of the Lemonheads; to my mind the sound most people think of when they think of the Lemonheads owes more to Tom Morgan than to Dando. 'Manilow', Smudge's second full length release - I think, offers its listeners several slices of cool, alternative pop-rock. Its high energy songs have a summery feel with plenty of jangly guitars.


The Songs
The title track gets things underway and its a little misleading, as it owes a lot to early Dinosaur Jr and Husker Du, so it's not all that melodic. Luckily, then, things settle down after this with 'Ingrown', a track with an intro which is similar to 'Rest Assured' from the Lemonheads 'Come On Feel..' CD. 'Superhero', a co-write with Evan Dando, could easily be a left-over from the writing sessions for that album. Morgan is obviously proud of his contributions to 'Come on Feel The Lemonheads' as the classic 'Down About It' gets a Smudge re-recording here. 'Divan' (another song covered by Evan D & Co) also gets the re-recorded treatment. Smudge have recorded a few different versions of this one, but it still manages to sound fresh, no matter how many times I hear it! Other high points from the album include the Juliana Hatfield worthy 'Desmond' with a breezy vocal by Alison, the fun 'Ugly Just Like Me' and my two personal faves, 'Dave The Talking Bear' - no, don't ask me what that's about, I've no idea - and the twenty-four second belter 'Funny You Should Say That'. Added to this is the more throw-away 'filler' material, 'Charles In Charge' (a TV theme tune), 'Kelly' (Woody's song for his girlfriend in a old episode of 'Cheers' - still makes me laugh) and the caffeine fuelled 'Mr Coffee Man' which has a length of three seconds!


In Summary
There are 22 tracks here altogether and most of them are under three minutes long, so it's great for those of you with short attention sp..! If this sounds like you cup o'tea, check it out, I guarantee you'll enjoy it. Copies of the CD should still be available. If you have trouble finding one, you should be able to get one direct from Half a Cow.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
Comments
No Comments have been Posted.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Ferry, Bryan - 1985 Boys And Girls, Nazareth - 1986 Cinema, Meisel, Hubi - 2003 EmOcean Interview, Zon - 1979 Back Down To Earth, True Confessions - 1980 True Confessions, Parsons, Alan (Project) - 1987 Gaudi, Rudd, Phil - 2014 Head Job, Seventh Key - 2013 I Will Survive, Vyper - 1984 Prepared To Strike, Circus (South Africa) - 1977 In The Arena, Stormzone - 2007 Caught In The Act, Genesis - 1978 .. And Then There Were Three, Killers, The - 2008 Day And Age, Venus And Mars - 1998 New Moon Rising, Meisner, Randy - 1980 One More Song
Tags©
Xenon 220 Volt The Tremeloes Sahara (Sweden) Mindstorm Faro The Clarks Queen Tim Hunter Bll Deasy The Works Kevin McCourt Bill Meyers Erika Arcangel Jeff Cannata Journey Gino Vannelli Quebec Heartbreak Radio Angeline Satin Mose Jones Don Barnes 38 Special Mystery (Australia) Tygers Of Pan Tang Gary Moore EP T.T Quick Ganafoul Racing Cars Enchant Infinity Solution
All Tags