Smart Went Crazy

Smart Went Crazy was an American rock band from Washington, D.C.[1]

Smart Went Crazy
OriginWashington DC, United States
GenresPost-hardcore, indie rock, rock
Years active1993–1998
Associated actsFaraquet, Beauty Pill


Formed by then high school students, Chad Clark (guitar and vocals), Abram Goodrich (bass) and Hilary Soldati (cello and vocals), and then following graduation, having expanded to include Jeff Boswell (guitar) and Tony Dennison (drums), Smart Went Crazy released their debut, Cubbyhole EP, in 1994.[2] This was independently released through their own label, CozyDisc. By 1995 they had developed a relationship with Dischord Records and released their first full-length album Now We're Even in 1995.

After three U.S. tours in support of, and following, Now We're Even, and with the replacement of drummer Tony Dennison with Devin Ocampo, they released their follow-up album, Con Art, in 1997. Shortly after the album's release, due to increasing division in the band, Smart Went Crazy disbanded in 1998.[3][4]

After the breakup, several members went on to join other bands: Faraquet (Jeff Boswell, Devin Ocampo), The Caribbean (Tony Dennison), The Provisional (Dennison) and Beauty Pill (Chad Clark, Abram Goodrich and Ocampo).


The second and final album Con Art was selected for Pitchfork's Best Albums of the 1990s list.[5]


Studio releases
  • Cubbyhole EP (1994)
  • Now We're Even (1995)
  • Con Art (1997)


  1. ^ Washington, Dischord Records 3819 Beecher St NW; U.s.a. 703.351.7507, Dc 20007-1802. "Dischord Records: Smart Went Crazy". Dischord Records. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  2. ^ "Smart Went Crazy". Dischord Records.
  3. ^ Terich, Jeff (2018-03-20). "Blueprint: How Smart Went Crazy's 'Con Art' broke from D.C. punk tradition". Treble. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  4. ^ "SMART WENT CRAZY". Washington Post. 1997-11-07. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  5. ^ "Pitchfork Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Pitchfork.

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