Weird Tales (album)

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Weird Tales
Weird Tales.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 13, 1998
RecordedArdent Studios, Memphis, The Terrarium, Minneapolis
GenreAlternative country
ProducerBrian Paulson
Golden Smog chronology
Down by the Old Mainstream
Weird Tales
Another Fine Day

Weird Tales is American band Golden Smog's second album, released in 1998. The title comes from the pulp magazine Weird Tales, the cover art being from the October 1933 issue, by Margaret Brundage.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
The A.V. ClubB+ [2]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Michael Gallucci wrote of the album " expected, the best songwriters here (Gary Louris of the Jayhawks and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) contribute Weird Tales' most solid tracks. A pet project aimed more toward fans of the genre than the casual listener, Golden Smog nonetheless deliver the goods with a good deal of twangy heart and soul."[1] Joshua Klein of The A.V. Club wrote the album "reveals that even a musical goof-off can develop into a potent band in its own right." and called it "a first-rate collaboration that's unified in both vision and spirit."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "To Call My Own" (Dan Murphy) – 3:31
  2. "Looking Forward to Seeing You" (Kraig Johnson) – 2:47
  3. "Until You Came Along" (Gary Louris) – 4:59
  4. "Lost Love" (Jeff Tweedy) – 3:00
  5. "If I Only Had a Car" (Johnson, Louris) – 4:03
  6. "Jane" (Louris, Marc Perlman) – 4:29
  7. "Keys" (Johnson, Louris) – 3:28
  8. "I Can't Keep From Talking" (Tweedy) – 3:50
  9. "Reflections on Me" (Murphy) – 2:53
  10. "Making Waves" (Johnson) – 4:01
  11. "White Shell Road" (Louris) – 4:14
  12. "Please Tell My Brother" (Tweedy) – 2:10
  13. "Fear of Falling" (Jody Stephens, Louris, Tweedy) – 3:31
  14. "All the Same to Me" (Sparks, Tweedy) – 3:05
  15. "Jennifer Save Me" (Louris, Johnson) – 5:47


Production notes

  • Brian Paulson – producer
  • Jason Orris – engineer
  • Bryan Hanna – engineer
  • Pete Matthews – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Jim Scott – mixing
  • Mike Scotella – mixing assistant
  • Steve Marcusson – mastering

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1998 Billboard Heatseekers Albums 34


  1. ^ a b Gallucci, Michael. "Weird Tales > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Klein, Joshua. "Weird Tales > Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 24, 2016.