The Australian band Smudge can boast more than just the friendship of
Evan Dando (Lemonheads).
The single I Don't Want To Be Grant McLennan and the two
EPs Love Lust & Lemonjuice (Half A Cow, 1992)
revelead in Tom Morgan a superb craftman of punk-pop.
At least Divan and Pulp will become warhorses of the band's
Single and EPs were later collected on
Tea Toast & Turmoil (half A Cow, 1993).
Manilow (Half A Cow, 1993) boasts 21 short tracks of tight punk-pop
that relies on catchy melodies and funny lyrics (Impractical Joke).
The followed a minialbum, Hot Smoke And Sassafras (Half A Cow, 1995),
notably the hooks of Coal Surge and The Wrong Pony,
but the band truly shines in the single format:
Superhero (Half A Cow, 1993) and
The Outdoor Type (Domino, 1994) are two of their melodic/lyrical
You Me Carpark Now (Half A Cow, 1996) displays a band that is moving
towards a rawer sound, and even some noise instrumentals, while the
EP Slight Return (Half A Cow, 1996) maintains the balance with
another bunch of well-crafted tunes.
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