Smudge existed for the better part of the '90s, but only their first two albums saw any distribution in North America. Morgan and Co. had a penchant for up-tempo, riff-happy power pop with an emphasis on conciseness and the kind of hooks to give a right nut for. 1993's Tea, Toast & Turmoil was their debut album, rife with bitchin' two-minute ear confections, adorned with clever wordplay. In a perfect world, "Spoilt Brat," and "Don't Want to Be Grant McLennan" should have been universal classics that usurped the hollow dreck churned out by such embarrassing contemporaries as Hootie and Collective Soul.
The Hot Smoke and Sassafras ep came a year later, delivering more brisk, tongue-in-cheek tunes. Manilow, their second proper album broke Smudge to a larger audience in Oz, but did little to make waves Stateside. The two disks this post concerns are out of print, but Manilow was reissued as a splendid, two-disk deluxe edition, on Half a Cow Records.
"Somewhere between the Lemonheads and Husker Du, she keeps on getting on top of the sink but she can't get on top of you." from "Alison"
Tea, Toast & Turmoil
02. Missing You
03. Spolit Brat
04. Straight Face Down
06. Make All Our Dreams Come True
08. plug It Up
11. Don't Want To Be Grant Mclennan
14. Leroy de Foix
15. Tea Toast & Turmoil
17. Steak & Chips
Hot Smoke & Sassafras ep
01. The Wrong Pony
02. I Am Not the Cosmos
03. Coal Srge
04. My Bright Idea
05. It's Over
07. Guess I'm a Goner
08. All the Money in the World Can't Buy You A Near Death Experience
Tea, Toast & Turmoil - http://netkups.com/?d=1f6b564f45995
Hot Smoke and Sassafras - http://netkups.com/?d=5c5ae799fb91d