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Kicking a Couple Around


Download links and information about Kicking a Couple Around by Smog. This album was released in 1996 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 4 tracks with total duration of 19:41 minutes.

Artist: Smog
Release date: 1996
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 4
Duration: 19:41
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No. Title Length
1. Your New Friend 6:51
2. Back In School 4:40
3. I Break Horses 4:44
4. The Orange Glow of a Stranger's Living Room 3:26



Though the four songs on 1996's Kicking a Couple Around EP weren't recorded at the same time or even with the same people, it nevertheless flows seamlessly — a fine, concise primer to Smog's aesthetic. The EP kicks off with one of Bill Callahan's most excruciating odes to claustrophobia, "Your New Friend." Originally recorded for a BBC Radio session, the song's halting acoustic rhythm and lyrical images of hiding from a dissolving relationship behind a Chinese screen are painfully honest and beautiful. "Back in School" and "I Break Horses" — which likens love affairs to taming horses — feature some of Callahan's warmest singing and most eloquent lyrics: "Back in School"'s "I'm trying to learn your language/It's like a fly learning how to bark" and "Just a few well-placed words/And their wandering hearts are gone" from "I Break Horses" distill Smog's blend of dry, dark humor and emotion. These two songs and "The Orange Glow of a Stranger's Living Room" were recorded by Steve Albini; their intricate, droning acoustic arrangements showcase Callahan's musical progression. Affecting and accessible, Kicking a Couple Around is a must for Smog fans and those curious about the band.