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Same Place the Fly Got Smashed

Same Place the Fly Got Smashed is the fourth album from Dayton, OH's Guided by Voices. Often said to be a concept album about alcoholism, the album displays bandleader Robert Pollard's maturing songcraft and increasing interest in lo-fi soundscapes.

In James Greer's book Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll, Pollard calls this album his favorite lyrical album citing the lyrics for "Pendulum" as "my favorite lyrics I've ever written."

The "You brought me down, you and your family. I did not!" sample at the beginning of "Airshow '88" came from the movie Shattered Dreams. The made-for-TV movie came out in 1990 and starred Lindsay Wagner.

Track listing

All songs written by Jim Pollard and Robert Pollard unless otherwise noted.

Side A

  1. "Airshow '88" – 2:12
  2. "Order for the New Slave Trade" (R. Pollard) – 3:09
  3. "The Hard Way" – 2:53
  4. "Drinker's Peace" (R. Pollard) – 1:52
  5. "Mammoth Cave" – 2:17
  6. "When She Turns 50" (R. Pollard) – 2:07
  7. "Club Molluska" – 1:35

Side B

  1. "Pendulum" – 1:49
  2. "Ambergris" – 0:52
  3. "Local Mix-Up" (R. Pollard) – 4:40
  4. "Murder Charge" – 2:12
  5. "Starboy" (Greg Demos, R. Pollard) – 1:10
  6. "Blatant Doom Trip" – 3:59
  7. "How Loft I Am?" (R. Pollard) – 1:05

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