Same Place the Fly Got Smashed

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Same Place the Fly Got Smashed
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 21st, 1990
GenreIndie rock, post-punk
LabelRocket #9
ProducerGreg Demos
Guided by Voices chronology
Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia
Same Place the Fly Got Smashed
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Same Place the Fly Got Smashed is the fourth album by Guided by Voices. Bandleader Robert Pollard describes the release as "a concept album [with] a linear story" about an alcoholic who commits a murder and is eventually executed for his crime.[2] Same Place the Fly Got Smashed marks the beginning of the band's lo-fi era, featuring a production value markedly less crisp and clear than their previous releases.

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[edit]

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

Side A[edit]

  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[edit]

  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


  1. ^ Same Place the Fly Got Smashed at AllMusic
  2. ^ Pollard, Robert. "Bob Talking About Previous Albums". GBV Web Page. Retrieved 10 March 2016.