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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1, 1992 (CAN)
January 13, 1993 (US)
February 24, 1993 (JPN)[1]
StudioSoundMarket Studio, Halifax, Nova Scotia
GenreAlternative rock, indie rock
LabelGeffen, murderecords
ProducerTerry Pulliam, Sloan
Sloan chronology
Peppermint EP
Twice Removed
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Rolling Stone[5]
The Village VoiceB+[6]

Smeared is the debut studio album by Canadian rock band Sloan. It was released in Canada on October 1, 1992, and in the United States in January, 1993, on Geffen Records. The album was recorded at a low cost of $1,200.[7] The album is ranked 86th in the 2007 book The Top 100 Canadian Albums by music journalist Bob Mersereau and is widely considered a seminal album of Canada's 1990s alternative rock scene. In an interview with GuitarWorld, in December 2022, Patrick Pentland stated that a Smeared 30th Anniversary reissue is in the works, slated for 2023.[8]


Like their first release, the Peppermint EP, Smeared received comparisons to Sonic Youth and Beatles.[citation needed] Three songs from Peppermint re-appear on Smeared; one of these ("Underwhelmed") was entirely re-recorded, while the other two ("Marcus Said" and "Sugartune") are the same recordings with new mixing. The band had originally intended to name the album Gluegun.[9]

Music videos were produced for the tracks "Underwhelmed" and "500 Up", with both receiving moderate rotation on MuchMusic in the early 1990s. Jennifer Pierce, of fellow Halifax band Jale, sang backing vocals on "I Am the Cancer".

Commercial performance[edit]

By September 1993, the album had sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide.[10] The album was certified Gold in Canada on July 12, 1995. By February 1997, the album had sold 60,000 units in Canada.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs credited to Sloan.

1."Underwhelmed"Chris Murphy4:41
2."Raspberry"Chris Murphy4:02
3."I Am the Cancer"Chris Murphy3:39
4."Median Strip"Andrew Scott [11]3:34
5."Take It In"Chris Murphy3:56
6."500 Up"Andrew Scott4:21
7."Marcus Said"Chris Murphy4:32
8."Sugartune"Patrick Pentland3:27
9."Left of Centre"Chris Murphy2:34
10."Lemonzinger"Jay Ferguson4:10
11."Two Seater"Chris Murphy3:04
12."What's There to Decide?"Jay Ferguson4:19

Japanese Bonus Tracks on 1998 CD Reissue[12]

13."Laying Blame"Chris Murphy3:42
14."Rag Doll"Patrick Pentland3:11



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  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Smeared – Sloan". AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Arnold, Gina (February 19, 1993). "Smeared". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Sloan: Smeared". NME: 30. February 6, 1993.
  5. ^ Robbins, Ira (April 15, 1993). "Sloan: Smeared". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 30, 2003. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 1, 1993). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  7. ^ a b SLOAN REUNITES FOR ENCLAVE SET. Billboard. February 1997. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
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  9. ^ "Sloan 1994 Public Access TV interview". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 12, 2021. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Smeared campaign. Retrieved March 6, 2019. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
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