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Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood received his greatest acclaim and attention after his untimely death in 1990 — due to the success of a tribute album (Temple of the Dog) and the re-release of MLB's recordings for Polygram (1992's self-titled release), but many discovered Wood via the success of a new band that two of his former bandmates launched after his passing, Pearl Jam. In 1995, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard compiled rarely heard recordings by Wood's early band, Malfunkshun, issued on his label Loosegroove. While the music does have a resemblance to Mother Love Bone at times (arena-ready riffs and anthemic choruses), there are also references to '80s metal in the six-string shredding skills of Andrew's brother, guitarist Kevin Wood. Andrew (or as he was called at the time, Landrew the Love Child) already had his sights set on rock stardom with such bombastic rockers as "Mr. Liberty (With Morals)," "Shot Gun Wedding," and a cover of Ted Nugent's "Wand Dang Sweet Poontang." It may be more one-dimensional than his more accomplished work with Mother Love Bone, but Malfunkshun's Return to Olympus is a special treat for fans of Andrew Wood.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Along with Green River, '80s Seattle-band Malfunkshun is often cited as a founding father of the northwest grunge phenomenon of the early '90s. Unlike many future Seattle stars, the band and charismatic frontman Andrew Wood had ambitions for arena-sized rock stardom. But the band's sound, which combined the big hooks and anthemic choruses of heavy metal with the spirit of punk, had a profound effect on many future grunge superstars of the early '90s. Malfunkshun gained attention in the mid-'80s...
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