The Days of Wine and Roses

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The Days of Wine & Roses
Studio album by The Dream Syndicate
Released October 28, 1982 (1982-10-28)
Recorded Sept 1982
Genre Post-punk, jangle pop, psychedelic rock, noise pop, indie rock
Length 42:33
Label United States Ruby Records/Slash (original release)
Rhino Records (reissue)
United Kingdom Rough Trade Records
Producer Chris D.
The Dream Syndicate chronology
The Dream Syndicate (EP)
The Days of Wine & Roses
Medicine Show
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

The Days of Wine and Roses was the second album and the debut full-length album by American alternative rock band The Dream Syndicate. Produced by Chris D. (of The Flesh Eaters/The Divine Horsemen), it was recorded in Los Angeles in September 1982 and released later that year on Chris D.'s Ruby Records, which was a division of Slash Records. It was released on CD in 1993.

The phrase "days of wine and roses" is originally from the poem "Vitae Summa Brevis" by the English writer Ernest Dowson (1867–1900):

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

Track listing[edit]

This is the track listing of the original release. Later re-releases have included bonus tracks from the earlier Down There EP, rehearsals, alternate takes, and the 1981 single recorded by 15 Minutes (a Steve Wynn collaboration with members of the Davis, California band Alternate Learning).

All tracks written by Steve Wynn except as noted.

Side One
  1. "Tell Me When It's Over" – 3:27
  2. "Definitely Clean" – 3:25
  3. "That's What You Always Say" – 3:08
  4. "Then She Remembers" – 4:03
  5. "Halloween" (Karl Precoda) – 6:29
Side Two
  1. "When You Smile" – 4:10
  2. "Until Lately" – 6:50
  3. "Too Little, Too Late" – 3:17
  4. "The Days of Wine and Roses" – 7:22
Bonus Tracks (2001 Rhino Records reissue)
  1. "Sure Thing" (Down There EP version)
  2. "That's What You Always Say" (Down There EP version)
  3. "When You Smile" (Down There EP version)
  4. "Some Kinda Itch" (Down There EP version)
  5. "Too Little, Too Late" (Rehearsal version)
  6. "Definitely Clean" (Rehearsal version)
  7. "That's What You Always Say" (15 Minutes)
  8. "Last Chance For You" (15 Minutes)


  • Steve Wynn – guitar, vocals
  • Karl Precoda – guitar
  • Kendra Smith – bass, vocal ("Too Little, Too Late")
  • Dennis Duck – drums


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. The Days of Wine and Roses at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 December 2005.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Dream Syndicate > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 23 October 2011.