Smudge have been around since 1991 when Tom Morgan (guitar, vocals), Alison Galloway (drums) and Paul "Duncs" Duncan (bass) got together to contribute a song to the Half A Cow 7 inch called Slice (along with Swirl, Jupiter and Studley Lush). There's only so much room for two songs on one side of a 7 inch so Tom was asked by the label to write a song "around a minute in length". He came up with 'Tea, Toast & Turmoil' - a short, melodic pop song with colourful lyrics which set the blueprint for the future output of Smudge.
Tom and Alison used to hang out at the Lansdowne Hotel and talk about the "pop-punk" band they were going to form - inspired by their heroes at the time Dinosaur Jr and Descendents. The newly-formed Half A Cow label and offered to put out a seven inch. Don't Want To Be Grant McLennan soon followed. So did a review from NME which gave the slab 'single of the week'. Whilst on tour in Australia in the middle of 1991, Evan Dando from The Lemonheads met up with Tom (recording two songs for Tom's other band Sneeze) and a song-writing friendship was struck up and they co-wrote songs for It's A Shame About Ray including the title track.
Two more releases followed for this lineup of Smudge - the Love, Lust & Lemonjuice and Superhero Eps before Duncs left and was replaced by Adam Yee (formerly of noise-merchants Headache). This lineup still rocks to this day and have been responsible for 1994's Manilow album, the Hot Smoke & Sassafras mini-LP, 1996's You, Me, Carpark...Now, 1998's Real McCoy, Wrong Sinatra and many other releases.
Releases around the globe followed in Japan, Canada, USA and the UK with three northern hemisphere tours including 1994's Reading Festival coupled with a session for John Peel making that a memorable year for the band.
Smudge played their last show for quite some time (drummer Al trekked-off across the world for a couple of years) at Goldmans in Sydney on Friday October 8th 1999. A full house of 800 punters and support from an acoustic Evan Dando made it a happy and sad time for all.??
In 2010 Fire Records will re-release the bands classic 1995 release "Manilow" to mark its 15th anniversary and the original trio will return to Europe for a series of shows.