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A side project for members of Soul Asylum, the Jayhawks, Run Westy Run, Wilco and the Honeydogs, the real names of those involved in the alt country supergroup Golden Smog were kept a closely guarded secret on the release of their debut album in 1996. However, the pseudonyms David Spear, Michael Macklyn, Raymond Virginia, Scott Summitt, Jarret Decatur-Lane and Leonardson Saratoga were deliberate clues - each including the actual middle name and part of the address of those involved. The songwriting credits, however, betrayed at least some of those involved - Kraig Johnson (Run Westy Run), Gary Louris and Marc Perlman (the Jayhawks), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum).
The band first appeared on record in 1992 with the release of an EP, On Golden Smog, which featured Chris Mars of the Replacements on drums (he was subsequently replaced by Noah Levy of the Honeydogs). Golden Smogs debut album was recorded in the...