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Sloan Smeared.jpg
Studio album by Sloan
Released October 1, 1992 (Canada)
January 13, 1993 (US)
Recorded 1992
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 46:19
Label murderecords (Canada)
Geffen (United States)
Producer Terry Pulliam, Sloan
Sloan chronology
Peppermint EP
(1992)Peppermint EP1992
Twice Removed
(1994)Twice Removed1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB+[5]

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 cost of only $1,200.[6] 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.


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.

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]

The album was certified Gold in Canada on July 12, 1995. By February 1997, the album had sold 60,000 units in Canada.[6]

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"Chris Murphy3:34
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

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



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Smeared – Sloan". AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2018. 
  2. ^ Arnold, Gina (February 19, 1993). "Smeared". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 24, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Sloan: Smeared". NME: 30. February 6, 1993. 
  4. ^ Robbins, Ira (April 15, 1993). "Sloan: Smeared". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 30, 2003. Retrieved March 24, 2018. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 1, 1993). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 24, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b SLOAN REUINTES FOR ENCLAVE SET. Billboard. Retrieved 2014-05-25.