Lo-fi god Bill Callahan is the brain behind Smog, which gives full scope to his introverted, intimate and obsessive musings. He first made waves in 1988 with the cassette-only debut 'Macrame Gunplay' and other tape-only releases followed in the next couple of years, including 'Cow and Tired Tape Machine'. By signing to Chicago's Drag City label in 1991 for 'Forgotten Foundation', Callahan made the move from tortured bedroom artist to celebrated musician and 1993's 'Julius Caesar' was recorded with post-rock legend Jim O'Rourke, marking Smog's transition to the mainstream (well, almost). The music became more expansive on 'Wild Love' (1995) and 'The Doctor Came At Dawn' (1996), but a slight name change to (Smog) indicated that Callahan was ready to return to more introverted work for 2001's 'Rain On Lens' (2001). Always a favourite with alt.rock critics and pale young record collectors, Callahan continues to record under the (Smog) moniker.