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Kendra Smith

Kendra Smith
Born (1960-03-14) March 14, 1960
Origin Champlin, Minnesota
Genres Alternative music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Flute, Piano, Bass
Years active 1979–1995
Labels 4AD
Associated acts Dream Syndicate
Rainy Day
Mazzy Star

Kendra Louise Smith (born March 14, 1960)[1] is an American musician who was a founding member of Dream Syndicate, a member of Opal, and later recorded as a solo artist.


  • Biography 1
  • Discography 2
    • With Suspects 2.1
    • With The Dream Syndicate 2.2
    • With Clay Allison 2.3
    • Kendra Smith and David Roback and Keith Mitchell 2.4
    • With Rainy Day 2.5
    • With Opal 2.6
    • With The Guild of Temporal Adventurers 2.7
    • Solo 2.8
  • External links 3
  • References 4


After one privately pressed release with Suspects in 1979, Smith formed The Dream Syndicate in 1981 with Steve Wynn, and went on to record an EP and an album as bassist with the group before leaving in 1983 to join former Rain Parade guitarist David Roback in Rainy Day (she had worked with Roback before, providing backing vocals on the Rain Parade album Emergency Third Rail Power Trip).[1]

Rainy Day released an album and a single in 1984 before Roback and Smith became a duo in the psychedelic-tinged band Opal.[2][3]

Opal only released one record before they split up, the Northern Line EP, but recorded enough material for two compilation albums, Happy Nightmare Baby and Early Recordings.[4] Smith left Opal during the band's final tour and was replaced by Hope Sandoval, with Opal changing its name to Mazzy Star after the tour.[3]

Smith formed a new band, The Guild of Temporal Adventurers, with Jonah Corey and A. Philip Uberman,[5] who released an eponymous 4AD label, and was described by Trouser Press as "an impressive — and colorful — achievement".[3][6]

Not much is known about her after the solo album came out except according to 4AD she had moved to the woods of Northern California in the early 1990s, living in a small cabin with no electricity, and returned there after making two appearances to promote the album.[7]


With Suspects

  • "Talking Loud" 7" (1979)

With The Dream Syndicate

With Clay Allison

  • "Fell From the Sun" 7" (1984) Serpent

Kendra Smith and David Roback and Keith Mitchell

  • Fell From the Sun EP (1984) Serpent/Enigma (UK Indie #16)[8]

With Rainy Day

  • Rainy Day (1984) Llama/Rough Trade
  • "I'll Keep It With Mine" (1984) Rough Trade (UK Indie #36)[8]

With Opal

  • "Northern Line" 12" EP (1986) One Big Guitar (UK Indie #17)[8]
  • Happy Nightmare Baby (1987) SST
  • Early Recordings (1989) Serpent/Rough Trade

With The Guild of Temporal Adventurers

  • Kendra Smith Presents the Guild of Temporal Adventurers mini-LP (1992) Fiasco


External links

  • Kendra Smith at


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
  2. ^ Cromelin, Richard (9 June 1990). "Mazzy Star Debut a Fine Fix of Velvet Blues".  
  3. ^ a b c Phares, Heather "Kendra Smith Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (1999) The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason " ReviewThe Guild of Temporal Adventurers", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  6. ^ Schoemer, Karen & Robbins, Ira "Kendra Smith", Trouser Press
  7. ^ "Kendra Smith" at 4AD
  8. ^ a b c d e f Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4
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