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2018 • Vacuum Records

1993 DEMOS

In 1993, before their first full-length album, MAQUEE (Atlantic/Headhunter), SMILE was busy playing live and recording demos. Fast forward to December 17, 2018, the band releases their 1993 DEMOS, which consists of recordings from two separate sessions, which have not been previously released. Includes a cover of Queen’s “Sheer Heart Attack” with drummer, Scott Reeder on vocals.

Jim Monroe at FOR THE RECORD recorded songs 1-4 and Geoff Harrington/Chris Fahey at STAB YOU IN THE BACK recorded songs 5 and 6 with Michael Rosas mixing Sheer Heart Attack.

1996 • Revelation Records

Masterlocks+3

This four-song EP touches several familiar bases on the stylistic playing field of alternative-rock. While Smile doesn't forge a distinctive sound of its own with this admittedly narrow, 12-minute taste of its work, everything it plays shows a mastery of the methods that have made modern rock the big deal it is today. – MIKE BOEHM

Girl Crushes Boy by Smile

GIRL CRUSHES BOY

1998 • Headhunter Records

Maquee by Smile

MAQUEE

1994 • Atlantic/Headhunter Records

5 Song Demo

Sleepover EP

Resin EP

Sputnik Live

Amanita EP

Bus Vol.1 EP

History

Show History

In the mid-1980s, Michael Rosas (Satisfaction) and Aaron Sonnenberg met at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, CA. They were bandmates of Orange County's, Headfirst, along with Kevin Murphy (Farside, 411). After an early incarnation of Smile with Rob Gonzalez and Kevin Murphy, they placed an ad in the Recycler for a drummer and Scott Reeder joined the band in 1992 which completed the lineup for the next seven years as a trio.

Encompassing genres of both grunge and psychedelic rock, Smile’s sound has been quoted as “heavy sludge with great pop hooks.”

They had modest radio hits on KROQ and 91 X with songs such as STARING AT THE SUN from MAQUEE and INSTANT BRAIN DAMAGE from their second album GIRL CRUSHES BOY, produced by Mark Trombino (blink-182, Jimmy Eat World). SMILE shared the stage regionally and toured nationally and with bands such as No Doubt, Everclear, Deftones, Silverchair, ALL, Korn, Goo Goo Dolls, Rilo Kiley, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Guided By Voices, Blink-182, X, Phantom Planet.

They signed under Headhunter Records, a San Diego-based label, and Atlantic Records in 1994, but left Atlantic during the recording sessions of their second album, due to a growing resistance the band felt towards the label. They remained under Headhunter and in 1998, original band member, Aaron Sonnenberg left and was replaced by Bob Thomson (Big Drill Car) on bass. In 1999, the band added keyboardist Matt Fletcher. In 2001, Scott Reeder left the band to join Fu Manchu and was replaced by Matt's brother, James Fletcher on drums. Michael Rosas broke up the band in 2003.

In February 2013 and January 2014 Smile reunited to play a handful shows in San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles.

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GIRL CRUSHES BOY

THE BEST YEARS
I spent the best years of my life / trying to wiggle out of sight / but someone made me nervous / kept my eyes closed / when there’s something in your eye / it’s better not to fight / just curl up and take it / it’s for your own good / come to my house / break down the door / it’s o.k. / i need help to believe / in so many things / it’s o.k. / i feel no pain / i know your name / even when i’m sleeping i’m awake / crowned is the bird that hits the glass / and falls asleep in class / he’s paid under the table and taught to run / shake shaky hands that built the stage / the kids are middle aged / and saccharine is our savior / we trust its approach / come to my house / break down the door / it’s o.k. / i need help to believe / in so many things / it’s o.k. / eyes a glaze transfixed upon a shelf / the keen social observer kills himself / his deepest fears take root in his distress / he was close so close but he broke

TOO MANY REASONS
love what you hate about me don’t you know what i mean? / i know all about you but i don’t know a thing / you want so bad to disappear as long as everyone will see you go / you killed me once and you’ll kill me again / if you kill me three times i will be your best friend / if i could stick around then i could be your best friend or i could go / too many reasons built up from the start / too many reasons for me to fall apart / i can’t get ahead without losing my head / too many reasons built up from the start / too many reasons for me to fall apart / there’s something inside / and i’m having doubts / pull the broken glass from my fingers / i’m phasing out / another kiss and i’ll melt into nothing / feeling sick / i’m dancing with an organ donor and getting used to it / too many reasons built up from the start / too many reasons for me to fall apart

LAWNDARTS
you and me raking leaves all day for no pay / bolt had slipped bodies gave / bo is gone he won’t behave / jonee’s on her own phone calling up
piano brain sitting on a cloud saying / get your shit together / we all leave in one hour / so i picked up my bags / falling asleep is such a drag / and
jonee’s on her own phone calling up piano brain sitting on a cloud saying / you better be there when i call / wasted energy is what i don't want /
lawndarts stick in your head if you don’t lookout / steady aim use my eye / toss it now way up high / and now it’s lost in the sun / I call to her to run run run

THIS FREAKY SLOW DANCE
all i want from this / is one more empty kiss / we’re moving we’re shaking we’re getting pissed / like this / one more clumsy move / and i’ll have nothing left to prove / just take it or leave it it left me feeling dry / that’s why / this freaky slow dance you can’t buy / sink and i could drown / in my nice white wedding gown / it’s too much i know i can’t swallow all of it / one more clumsy move / and i’ll have nothing left to prove / i’m ready i aim i fire i know i could miss / this freaky slow dance you can’t buy / all i want from this is one more empty kiss

SPUTNIK
just think of laika / the dog they sent up into space on a sputnik with wires attached to her brain / for five and a half months she was spinning
around up there / until she starved to death / she had no food left / they knew she’d die / it’s not that bad when you think about it / just think about how badly it turned out for that one boy / who went all the way / all the way to boston to get / a new kidney / he became famous / he was in all the papers / but he died all the same

PEACH AND BROWN
peach and brown that’s my town stay away stay away if you know what’s good for you / live to shop and raise your kids to meet your goals and sell their souls to rock and roll this is the place to worship satan so sing along with me / everybody says yesterday it was the day for me / everybody spent yesterday to pave the way for this it’s what we get for being lazy / one more sign to soak your mind when everything is weird / scratch your nails on pavement when your luck has disappeared / the sky is dropping halos so lets kick them in the street / and let us ride the wrecking ball into our smoggy dreams / ooh a month of sundays / smashed down safe and sound / ooh standing still / cut away the getaway so set aside your piece of mind / peach and brown that’s my town stay away stay away if you know what’s good for you / kick some ass behind your desk and leave them lame and left for dead this is the place to get ahead so sing along with me

INSTANT BRAIN DAMAGE
be all end all love isn’t worth much there’s too much other stuff to do / we gave good luck charms and broke each others arms but now i’m sick and i’m sick and tired of you / it feels good / to make good / we saw good movies and drank so much coffee i swear i think my face is turning blue / and maybe next time i’ll see those warning signs and then i’ll know much better what to do / well i don’t think it’s all that fair that i haven’t had the guts to plainly say this / but words evade me every time you’re near me see your love is much like instant brain damage / it feels good / to make good / your love is like brain damage / be all end all love isn’t worth much there’s too much other stuff to do / i think i’ve had it you’re such a habit i’m breaking all my habits over you / and lately i’ve been thinking things aren’t over until they’re out / with idle thoughts and useless conversation it makes me wonder what we ever talked about / it feels good / to make good / your love is like brain damage / it’s time we talked / now i can take a walk / sa-ree-sa-ta-ka / your love is like brain damage

YOU CAST A CRAZY SPELL ON ME
you / cast / you cast a crazy spell on me / you’re calling me sick but i’m telling you straight so don’t single me out / you / cast / cast you cast a crazy spell on me / you’re sick of my shit and i’ve got to admit that you’ve figured me out

THE SCIENTOLOGIST’S LOVE AFFAIR
come on down into my life / where everything is quite alright / don’t be sad i’ve got the time for you / if you’ve got time for me / let me make a mess of things attach myself with offerings / there’s a hole that i have longed to fill / fell asleep and i had a dream it was simple / too / i saw majesties of alien beings / and we ruled the world / that’s why i’m in love with you / but i doubt you love me too / do you?

SO DIFFERENT NOW
me and mary used to drive around in her blue bronco truck around costa mesa / when we’d get together we’d act real dumb grow up they’d say
as we’d roll into denny’s / lately i’ve been causing lots of trouble in her household with her sister named christina / she’s been saying mary’s
going to take me away from her but it’s not true, we just have more time / it means so much to me / we were innocent and free / it’s so different now so different now / when i close my eyes i think of 1983 subgenius kids without a doubt / when it was just the two of us who thought what were we thinking when we thought this whole thing out / now look what you’ve done / now we’ve got a gun / and now we’re so crooked we rob piggy banks / me and mary used to drive around in her blue bronco truck around costa mesa / the simple days are over and the genius in this world is simply nowhere to be found

GIRL CRUSHES BOY
i can only tell you what i think you’re thinking / and it’s not of me / gonna have a mid-life crisis / gonna buy a ferrari / act like t.j. hooker and look like magnum p.i. / gonna grow my hair out / gonna watch some t.v. / gonna get some action / just going to get some / girl crushes boy / you make me nervous / you made me do this / you make me nervous / do you remember the time when i thought i was going blind? but it was the sun setting behind / you dying trunked by the rising tide you made a great audience / your lip curled as you mumbled the words / how do you afford to look so poor? / in 1973 a thousand wishes came true / and for those who don’t believe / then there’s something that i should tell you / so come a little closer

SOMETHING WITH GRAVITY
dreams at night hold me tight and never forsake me / someone said the fool is dead and washed into the sea / let me see a show of hands inside my head decide to stand / now it’s clear inside here is this not real? / dreams at night hold me tight and never forsake me / bring me back the things i lack and all that you took from me / kiss me like a dreamer / all of a sudden i was shot from the side / from a bullet alive in my heart i died / my god my god now i can see gravity / as you kissed me / dreams at night hold me tight and never forsake me / someone said the fool is dead and washed into the sea

DESERT FASHION
leisure master / runway action / secret weapon / desert fashion / bot, bot, bot, bot / desert fashion / wow / bibidee bot bot, bidibidum dibee

MAQUEE

ROCK ANTHEM FOR THE RETARDED TEENAGE HIPSTER POPULATION
before we start I'd like to say that we're all done / remember what we started for / remember it was fun/ but now we try so hard to look like we
don't try / the only things that we become are all the unimportant things we buy / anything I can do to get to you / I'll sell my eyes and my
hands / yeah / and now the fact we're different makes us all the same / but yet we still insist on playing all these stupid games / we even dress
just like our parents did when they were our age / the only things we learn from our mistakes is that we make a lot of mistakes / anything I can
do to get to you / I'll sell my eyes and my hands / yeah / we know so much / we're so advanced / we kill our kids / we sing and dance / we make
the drugs our parents buy / we're so confused / we'll never die / strung out on junk / but we're so punk / don't need no books when we got a box
/ we talk so hard / we'll change the world / we're so naive / us boys and girls

STARING AT THE SUN
staring at the sun... / I guess I shouldn't have stared so long / I guess I shouldn't have stared so long / staring at the sun... / I guess I shouldn't
have stared so long / I guess I shouldn't have stared so long / because now I can't see at all / you can / you might / you will? / you won't

SPUD GUN
here I come with my spud gun / suck it back and lose / here I come with my spud gun / suck it back and lose / that's for the time that I said hi /
and waved my hand as I drove by / yeah as you said / fuck you / here I come with my spud gun / cold cocked / shoot out all ego / here I come
with my spud gun / shoot out all fock identity / I never knew I couldn't stare at someone / or at their girlfriend / if I wanted to / I never knew / I
understand / you need love / I'll be your friend / I'm not a / I'm not afraid of your Raiders hat / or your super hydraulic boom box Chevy / S.C. ? /
oh please / try O.C. / I know where you're from / where you're from / Irvine

PICTURE MADE PAST
I'm without a reason / you without a cure / mad amid the season / you came to me wondering / and maybe I don't have much time / think you're
rather old / then / maybe I'm running out of time / you might / think to slow down your escape / and picture your past made / twisted by the
tongue / never getting anywhere / spent the last red cent / I borrowed / listening to the hits / on a ham wave radio / but did I know that it would
be the same / anyway

LEMONADE
goodbye my love / our paths were made to be worn / although it seemed / we'd be together as long as sun and moon and earth were in the sky /
good luck my star / you'll always be as lemonade inside my heart / now we remain / as leftovers just waiting for the rest of life to start / there are
days / when I'm crazed / so amazed / by you / sunshine goodbye / sunshine goodbye / sunshine goodbye / so long

MOOSH
wired greasy these meek days / I'm still out there / out of focus / in a word out alone / and eating money when I can't go home / to the dogs / at
an early age / spitting in your face / grip around me letting go / tunneled out in place / ride easy on me / take it slow / paying as you go / you
will never owe / I don't get a share / the debiting ball has wrecked me / in a bone dry / bottle empty cold / broken wishbones in the sand / better
than another man with you alone / better in hands / better in your hands

JACK SHRIMP
did you hear the one about the boy / who tried to light the baby girl on fire / well I guess he thought he was superman / he put on a cape / got
up on the second story balcony / and took a dive / and the hue was brown / when another house burned down / air is dry / winds gentile sound
/ all the kids could get around / on cambridge / cambridge / cambridge / jodi was a fat girl who gave away / at cul-de-sac parties on sunny days /
babysitters son was just a little gay / but that's ok / yeah that's ok / but his father didn't think so / freewheelin' down the street / arcade selling
all the weed / webb tried to blow his head away / his wife had the blow and she couldn't stay off / my neighbor's skin is different / from my very
own / but I don't care / on cambridge / cambridge / cambridge

PAPAYA CLEARANCE SALE
this is your day / in each and every way / this is your big parade that / everybody came to see / but your friends have flipped / and from your
side they walk away / we're fueled by jealousy / and this plane ain't landing anytime soon / so just remember / you'll be hated in this town /
when everybody thinks you're the greatest thing around / they'll pass you by / and look for something else / we all want something that makes
us feel so secure / but your friends have flipped / and from your side they walk away now / we're fueled by jealousy / and this plane ain't
landing anytime soon / so just remember / you'll be hated in this town / when everybody everywhere thinks you're the greatest thing around

SHE
she / don't bother me / she / don't bother me / she could level me / she could level me / with all the time I'm spending trying to get away / she
only gets closer / and I think I'm gonna lose my / she / don't follow me / she / don't color me / she could level me / she could level me / all the
days I've counted that she's been away / she says she's just visiting / but I think she's gonna break my / my mind / my mind

WALLFLOWER
wallflower blues sunk in again / and my teeth are looser than they've ever been before / It's like climbing up a tree that's already chopped down /
by someone bigger than you / all self esteem is low / and I trust as far as I can throw / I need some room so I can grow out of this guilt I'm
wearing like a crown / I know / I'm talking shit behind my friends backs and it's making me look really good / get off your bus / get in your room /
get on your horse / your horse is high

UNTIL(?)
mr. spotlight / shine your light down / down on my town / as long as your light / won't make me uptight / I guess it's alright / we all want to be /
part of a scene / but there's no such thing / I feel like I've made it back to ninth grade / guess I should have stayed / da-da-da-da da-da da-da-da
da-da-da-da / there's too much crap / built on the ground / in the orange town / and they all know / so they all go / to colorado / da-da-da-da
da-da da-da-da da-da-da-da