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March 2, 2020



Twenty years ago, the Smugglers embarked on an epic, dirty, naughty, explosive, dangerous, debaucherous, sold-out, month-long tour of the United States of America with two other bands: the Donnas, from Palo Alto, California, and the Plus Ones from Oakland, California.

The Donnas were touring their 1999 hot pink hit album "Get Skintight", the Smugglers were touring the recently released "Rosie" (Feb 1, 2000), and the Plus Ones (a band that featured our good friend Joel Reader from the Mr T Experience and Dan Panic from Screeching Weasel) were newly formed and touring their debut EP "On The List."

The tour wound from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, hitting 28 different States in as many days. Along the way we either rocked out or crossed paths with Joan Jett, Neko Case, the Fastbacks, Nashville Pussy, William Shatner, the Muffs, the Real Kids, the New Bomb Turks, Molly Shannon, and the Subsonics.

To celebrate this rock 'n' roll road trip that I often think back on (sometimes listing off the tour dates in my head to fall asleep when I have insomnia - I usually get to around Dallas) I'm going to post a photo and a story from every day of that outrageous tour of March 2000 here in March 2020... whether you like it or not. Hopefully you will.

Some of the stories from that tour have already been printed in my book "Dirty Windshields" (*plug*) but not all... until... NOW. Hope you dig it, and if you were there, thanks for being part of one of the wildest adventures of our Smuggler lives!

-Grant Lawrence, voice, the Smugglers
Bio

Formed when most of the members were still in high school in West Vancouver BC Canada, The Smugglers came of age during the grunge explosion, and came into their own in the pop-punk heyday of the mid-1990s while on Mint Records in their native land, and Lookout Records in the USA.

Releasing eight albums over the years of 1988-2004, the band's booze-fuelled, sweaty, and famously energetic garage rock shows (complete with dancing and kissing contests) took them across Canada, the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Along the way, the "Canadian Ambassadors of Rock 'n' Roll" collided with the Gruesomes, the Donnas, the Hives, Mudhoney, the Young Fresh Fellows, the Queers, Supersnazz, Fugazi, the Dwarves, thee Headcoats, the Mr. T Experience, the Mummies and many more. After a 13 year break, 2017 marked the return of the Smugglers in conjunction with lead singer Grant Lawrence's award-winning book Dirty Windshields: the best and the worst of the Smugglers tour diaries and a string of select reunion shows in Berkeley, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Seattle.

Current Members

Grant Lawrence - voice David Carswell - guitar, vocals Nick Thomas - guitar, vocals Beez - bass, vocals Graham Watson - drums

Past Members

Paul Preminger - drums Bryce Dunn - drums Adam Woodall - harmonica John Collins - bass Danny Fazio - drums
Shows

 There are currently no further shows scheduled... but never say never... the Smugglers' offspring (nine kids!) have still yet to see their dads rock out...


 
Music

music available from

Mint Records

Spotify

iTunes

music available from Mint Records, Spotify, and iTunes

2017  Dirty Windshields - The Soundtrack: The Best of the Smugglers - Mint Records (Canada - digital release only)

2004  Mutiny in Stereo LP/CD - Mint / Lookout / Screaming Apple (Canada / USA / Germany)

2002  "Useless Rocker" 7" picture disc – Supersonicrefridge Records (Italy)

2001  Smugglers / Mach Pelican split 7" – Corduroy Records (Australia)

2000  Rosie - LP/CD - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA)

1998  Growing Up Smuggler - A Ten Year Anniversary Live Album - LP/CD - Mint / Lookout / Imposible / 1+2 (Canada / USA / Spain / Japan)

1997  Buddy Holly Convention - 7"/ CD EP - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA)

1996  Selling the Sizzle - LP/CD - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA)

1996  Summer Games - 7"/CD EP - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA) [split w/Hi-Fives]

1995  Señor Pantsdown - 7" EP - Rock and Roll Inc. (Spain)

1995  Whiplash! - 7" - 1+2 (Japan)

1995  Talkin' 'Bout You - 7" - Pin Up (Germany)

1994  Party Party Party Pooper! - 7" EP - Mint (Canada)

1994  Wet Pants Club - LP/CD - Radiation (Spain)

1994  Gotta Gotta Gotta - 7" - For Monsters (Italy) [split w/ the Hoods]

1994  Tattoo Dave - 7" - Top Drawer (USA) [split w/ Bum]

1993  In the Hall of Fame - All Time Great Golds - CD - PopLlama (USA)

1992  At Germany - 7" - Screaming Apple (Germany)

1992  Atlanta Whiskey Flats - LP - PopLlama (USA)

1991  At Marineland - 10" LP - Nardwuar (Canada)

1990  Up and Down - 7" - Nardwuar

Smugglers tracks on compilations

2004  "Lonely Christmas" on It's a Team Mint Christmas Volume 2 - Mint

2003  "Larry Where Are You" on Lookout Freakout 3 - Lookout

2001  "Buddy Holly Convention", "Rosie", "Rock n’ Roll Was Never This Fun" on Team Mint 2 – Mint

2000  "Flying Buttress Of Love" on Lookout! Freakout - CD - Lookout

2000  "Alan Thicke" on My So Called Punk Rock Life - CD - Melted

1997  "Rock 'n' Roll Was Never This Fun" on All Punk Rods Gearhead magazine LP/CD - Gearhead / Lookout

1997  "Cans Of Love" on You're Only As Good As The Last Thing You Did CD - Lookout

1997  "Keep On" and "Rock With The Smugglers Tonight!" on More Bounce To The Ounce" LP/CD - Lookout

1996  "Especially You" and "Elite Manilla" on Heide Sez CD - Lookout

1996  "To Serve, Protect And Entertain", "She Ain't No Egyptian" and "Barkerville" on Team Mint CD -Mint

1996  "She's A Runaround" on Here Comes The Summer:  A Tribute To The Undertones - CD/LP - Squaretarget

1996  "B.A.B.E." on En Guard For Thee - CD - Au Go Go

1995  "What Do You Want Me To Do" on Oh Canaduh - CD/LP - Lance Rock

1995  "Stop! Look! Listen!" on Skookum Chief Powered Teenaged Zit Rock Angst - CD/LP - Nardwuar

1995  "Amnesia" on 13 Soda Punx - CD/LP - Top Drawer / Munster

1995  "Supercar" on R.A.F.R. - CD - RAFR / Flipside

1995  "What'd I Do Wrong" on Upsalapalooza - CD - WMFU Records

1992  "Shes Got Everything" on Clam Chowder and Ice Versus Big Macs and Bombers - LP - Nardwuar

1989  "Revenge" on Oh God, My Moms On Channel Ten! - LP - Nardwuar

Contact

Contact: grantlawrence12@gmail.com

   

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