In the late ’80s, Minneapolis was home to a tightly knit music scene that claimed its fair share of groups on college and alternative radio playlists. When they weren’t playing in their own bands, singer Kraig Johnson (Run Westy Run) and guitarists Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) Gary Louris (the Jayhawks) and Marc Perlman (the Jayhawks) got together as Golden Smog to play with friends and have a good time. The band recorded a pair of albums for Rykodisc in the early ’90s, featuring Uncle Tupelo/Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and drummers Noah Levy (Honeydogs) and Jody Stephens (Big Star). Rhino brings together the essential tracks from both of those early releases for STAY GOLDEN, SMOG: THE BEST OF GOLDEN SMOG. This 18-song collection also features an alternate version of the fan favorite (“Until You Came Along”) and an unreleased Brian Wilson cover (“Love And Mercy.”)
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