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Golden Smog

Blood on the Slacks

2007-04-23

Golden Smog is a side-project covers band that gradually evolved into a roots rock supergroup. Golden Smog is loosely affiliated unit comprised, at various times, of members of Soul Asylum, the Replacements, Wilco, the Jayhawks, Run Westy Run, and the Honeydogs. The group first came together in the Minneapolis area in the late '80s as a country-rock reaction to the punk and hardcore sounds that dominated the Twin Cities' musical scene at the time; eventually Golden Smog became something of a fixture at local clubs, where they played a handful of shows annually. Blood on the Slacks is the bands fifth album since 1992, and the lineup has featured, at times, Run Westy Run vocalist Kraig Johnson, guitarists Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) and Gary Louris (the Jayhawks), Jayhawks bassist Marc Perlman, ex-Replacements drummer Chris Mars, and Soul Asylum vocalist Dave Pirner. – Seth Allgaier

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