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Selling the Sizzle!

by The Smugglers

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superspacecat In 1996 I was awarded a trophy by the Smugglers for shaking my ass the best at their show. It is still among my most prized possessions. Favorite track: Bishy-Bishy!.
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Bishy-Bishy! 02:05
Big Trouble 02:38
The B 'N' L 02:25
Queasy 01:49
Bad Guys 01:53
Reno Nickel 03:07
Barkerville 07:20


from the desk of Grant Lawrence:

"Selling the Sizzle" is generally considered our most popular album, and I guess that's for good reason. It was our first that came out on both Mint Records and Lookout Records in early 1996, and it by far sold the highest of any record in our career. You could say it was all timing. The pop-punk scene was really heating up in California, and anything that had the Lookout logo on it in the mid-90s pretty much instantly sold in the tens of thousands if not much higher. In that regard, we were so lucky. We recorded the album with Mass Giorgini at his Sonic Iguana Studio in Lafayette, Indiana. We toured out there playing shows to sharpen the songs, and toured out to San Francisco after the recording to hand-deliver the record to Lookout. Mass had become the defacto in-house Lookout producer for bands like the Queers and Screeching Weasel, and he had done some work with Green Day. It was the longest we had ever spent in a studio (about a week), and the hardest work, too. Mass did things like tune our drums, fix the intonation on our guitars, and made me sing my vocal takes over and over and over again to the point of pure frustration, but the proof is in the poutine. Whenever we play live, it's these songs that always get the biggest reaction. Hope you enjoy.


released February 9, 1996

Beez - bass guitar, backing vocals
Bryce Dunn - drums
David Carswell - guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Bad Guys"
Nicholas Thomas - guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Death" and "Barkerville"

Produced by Mass Giorgini
Co-Engineered by Jeff Hansell and Mass Giorgini
Third opinion from John Collins
Recorded September 24-28, 1995 at Sonic Iguana Studio, Lafayette, Indiana, USA.


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