A good compilation gives a newcomer a chance to sample a group’s best work over the course of its career. Stay Golden, Smog is not a good compilation. It collects songs from only two of the band’s five official releases, and—crassly, to give fans an incentive to open their wallets—tacks on an early version of “Until You Came Along” and a non-album cover of Brian Wilson‘s “Love And Mercy.” Crass.
You’d be far better off going out and just picking up Weird Tales. It’s an underrated gem of late-90s sad bastard music. You know an album is solid when Jeff Tweedy‘s contributions are not even the best songs—despite the fact that it contains one of Tweedy’s most perfect songs, “Please Tell My Brother.”
If you end up loving Weird Tales as much as you should, you can go back and get Down by the Old Mainstream, and then you’ll have everything on this silly new comp.
Not included in this collection: anything from their debut pre-Tweedy covers EP, On Golden Smog, or anything from their two most recent releases on Lost Highway (Another Fine Day and the Blood on the Slacks EP). We all know it’s work to license recordings that are owned by other labels, but come on, Rhino, do your job.
Golden Smog will release Blood on the Slacks on April 24.
“Two songs —’Look at You Now’ and ‘Can’t Even Tie Your Own Shoes’—were recorded during sessions for 2006’s Another Fine Day. The new project, an eight-song ‘mini-album,’ includes covers of David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ and Dinosaur Jr.’s ‘Tarpit.'”
Samorama is the reigning queen of all things Tweedy. She’s seen more Wilco and Tweedy-related shows than you ever thought happened. Here, Glorious Noise presents her account of the much ballyhooed Golden Smog reunion last week in Minneapolis. These tickest were damn near impossible to get, but you can bet where there’s Tweedy, there’s Sam.
Golden Smog reunites in Minneapolis
400 Bar, August 7, 2003
By Samantha Ross
The secret to getting in to Thursday’s Golden Smog show at Minneapolis’s tiny 400 Bar was to buy tickets early, ask questions later. Nobody knew what the lineup was going to be, and rumors abounded right up to the night of the show. Golden Smog is the supergroup made-up of members of Wilco, the Jayhawks, Big Star and Soul Asylum and they haven’t all played together in years. When the doors opened around 8:30, the line of people wanting to get in was much longer than the line of people who were getting in, and offers of up to $300 were being made for pairs of tickets.