Damon Wood


May 18th, 2007

The Smoking Section

The Smoking Section produced a series of demo recordings between 1988 and 1991. Smooth & Nasty (recorded swiftly at Dancing Dog in Emeryville CA in 1988) was the first, and got us off to a decent start with local Bay Area bookings. Finer Than Blue was recorded in 1989 at Alpha and Omega in San Francisco over a series of late night spec sessions, largely fueled by inspiration and ginseng.

These are audio-in cassette-to-digital transfers.

Smooth & Nasty

[128kb MP3]

Finer Than Blue

[128kb MP3]

*Not included on original “release”.

Live @ Slim’s

Exact date unknown at this time, but likely late 1990. Lineup includes v.2 of the Knee Deep Horns, featuring Scott Jensen and Adam Beach.

6 Comments Comments»

  1. Jim D says

    Got a link to this site, and it brought me right back to 1990 – good times at the Omni!!! you HAVE to post more of those songs! – Jim

    November 24th, 2007 | #

  2. Tracy says

    Wow! I bought a cassette at the I-Beam in 1990 and played “Big Fish” until it broke. Thank you Thank you Thank you for posting this music. “Driving” is amazing as well.

    Hopefully, we’ll see a reunion tour at some point??

    thanks again.

    July 14th, 2008 | #

  3. DJ Luvcheez says

    Holy crap!!!!! A friend sent me the link, I downloaded Big Fish, haven’t heard it in 15 plus years and I still remembered every word. you guys were the sh$# back in the day. Thanks for posting the stuff, it is great to hear it again.

    July 15th, 2008 | #

  4. eesh says

    where r th horns?

    July 9th, 2010 | #

  5. Damon says

    These demos were recorded before we had the horns on board. I’ll try to get the last demo up sometime, that session had them.

    July 9th, 2010 | #

  6. Andrew Luthringer says

    Nice, thanks for posting. A lot of what was called “Bay Area thrash-funk” at the time had very little true funk in it, but you guys always laid it down heavy and real (what a rhythm section!) It stands up well.

    October 1st, 2010 | #

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