"Manilow" [via Domino in the UK and Half A Cow records in Australia and Canada (also re-released in 2006 via the same Half A Cow label)].
Smudge is one of those early 90's indie seed bands whose influence has helped sprout thousands of other bands and their songs. Not to mention Tom Morgan's collaboration with Evan Dando and his band the Lemonheads, Smudge (for me) falls into that indie category inhabited by The Lemonheads (of course), Miracle Legion / Polaris, R.E.M and Dinosaur Jr. All bands whose songs are often times propelled by electrified open folk chords and whose aesthetic is deceptively heavy on emotional subtexts.
Lauren strips down the original and slows it down creating something beautiful.
Band pic by Samuel Dorian Perez courtesy of xytio