Actual Slop

AuntieJ

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Location: Wisconsin Historical museum; Madison Wisconsin

Smart Studios was a recording studio that was located on East Washington Avenue in Madison founded in 1983 by Butch Vig and Steve Marker to produce local bands. The building became the focus of operations for Vig and Marker’s own group, the Grammy nominated band Garbage. Many bands of the 1980-90s recorded there- U2, Cheap Trick, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Killdozer, and Soul Asylum. After Smart Studios closed on May 1, 2010, the State Historical Society acquired many much of studio equipment for their archives by purchase and donation by Butch Vig and Steve Marker, including the hulking, 24-track recording console and Vig’s very first drum kit which eventually became the house drum set at the studio. (For those who don’t get the significance of that- it would be like getting Ringo Starr’s first set of drums.) The result was an exhibit on Smart Studios and the Madison Grunge Scene. These are demo tapes in the case which included the console. I thought Actual Slop was just a bunch of music, but no, it was the name of a band. Fire Town was the precursor to the band Garbage.

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