When Golden Smog first formed in 1989, they were kind of a side project covers band featuring members of some well known Minneapolis bands such as The Replacements (Chris Mars), Soul Asylum (Dan Murphy, Dave Pirner), Jayhawks (Gary Louris, Marc Perlman) and Run Westy Run (Kraig Johnson). They played a handful of shows annually and released an EP called, On Golden Smog which consisted of 5 cover songs, in 1992. Chris Mars eventually left and the band added Noel Levy (Honeydogs) and Jeff Tweedy (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco) to record a proper full-length all-originals album. Up until then, their live shows were heavily laden with interesting and often unrehearsed drunken covers which were tongue-in-cheek in nature, but always good natured.
Even after releasing their first two full-length albums, Down By The Old Mainstream and Weird Tales, the band continued to include a good amount of covers in their shows. What I have here is a collection of soundboard recordings between 1996 and 1998 of some cover songs Golden Smog performed and to this day they still perform many of them. These recordings sound excellent and they play great ("almost better than the original") versions of many songs I'm sure you'll recognize. Thanks to whoever compiled this collection and shared in at Dime. Enjoy!
1. On The Beach (Europe Radio 1996) 2. What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding* 3. Signed DC* 4. Sad Peter Pan* 5. Photograph* 6. Most Beautiful Girl in the World+ 7. One More Night+ 8. Pink Turns To Blue+ 9. Love and Mercy+ 10. Seven Year Ache^ 11. Easy To Be Hard # 12. Revolution Blues# 13. Who Loves The Sun# 14. Hanging On the Telephone # 15. Fooled Around and Fell in Love ** 16. I Got You ** 17. Spooky ** 18. Buick MacKane ^ 19. Powderfinger+ 20. Five Years+ 21. Do You Know How It Feels To be Lonesome (Europe Radio 1996)
** First Avenue, Minneapolis December 12, 1998 # Great American Music Hall, San Francisco June 26, 1996 ^ Tramps, NYC April 13, 1996 +TLA, Philadelphia April 16, 1996 * 9:30 Club, Washington DC April 17, 1996