Monday, 14 March 2011

#495 - "Smeared" - Sloan

Released On:  murderecords (1992), Geffen (1993)

"She was underwhelmed if that's a word / I know it's not 'cause I looked it up / That's one of those skills that I learned in my school".  Of such tongue-in-cheek beginnings was the entire saga of the Maritimes music scene made; the song ended up at #25 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and remains the band's most successful single outside Canada.  The album itself is a gloriously noisy pop gem, as much about Sonic Youth as it is the Beatles.  Later albums would de-emphasize the skronk in favour of more streamlined rock n' roll, but would never instantly ignite like this one.

Where You'd Know It From:  Some of the singles (OK, just "Underwhelmed", really) can be found on modern-rock format radio stations.  Fans of the 90's Halifax rock scene or just murderecords will probably have it in their collection.

Track Listing:
1.  Underwhelmed (4:41)
2.  Raspberry (4:02)
3.  I Am The Cancer (3:39)
4.  Median Strip (3:34)
5.  Take It In (3:56)
6.  500 Up (4:21)
7.  Marcus Said (4:32)
8.  Sugartune (3:27)
9.  Left Of Centre (2:34)
10.  Lemonzinger (4:10)
11.  Two Seater (3:04)
12.  What's There To Decide?  (4:19)

Download It:



("500 Up")

("Marcus Said"

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