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Editors’ Notes

Mudhoney’s first proper LP might be the most physical of all the early Sub Pop releases. Aside from their signature sonic attack — a Stooges-derived stew of mud and guts — Mark Arm’s lyrics constantly return to descriptions of bodily discomfort. “I’m crawling out of my skin,” he sings on “Get Into Yours.” “My head is spinning,” he yowls on “Running Loaded.” “Limb from limb you tore me apart,” he says on “Dead Love.” Beneath all the groans and complaints, most of these songs are about romantic frustration — not an unimaginable problem for the fellows in Mudhoney, who look like they were raised in a drainage ditch. Still, for all its disaffection, Mudhoney is undeniably a celebration of good old rock ‘n’ roll. While a lot of bands in the Seattle scene were introverts, Mudhoney were pure extroverts. These songs are shoving, thrusting, pumping — always ready to explode. Bassist Matt Lukin and drummer Dan Peters gave the sludgy music an undeniable bounce, and the songs are continually propelled by Arm’s first-class howl. He leads the band like a psychotic Indian brave, reeling off war whoops while riding towards combat.

Customer Reviews

Justified.

In every way this album is very Mudhoney. It’s arrogant. It’s condescending. It’s Mudhoney. I will agree with the review saying this was a disappointment. The first Mudhoney singles and subsequent album were ASTONISHING (Footnote 1: see review of Superfuzz/BigMuff.) And AMAZING. And MAGICAL (in the same way that sticking your tongue on a 9V battery when you were 9 was magical.) And the pre-Nevermind “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” album was inspired to a fault and a flourish. (Footnote 2: see review of E.G.B.D.F.) But the album entitled “Mudhoney” was just OK because it didn’t FLOOR anyone. Yes, there were SONGS that floored individuals but this album as a whole did not. It really was a mess. The band did not know how to expertly build upon it’s initial success. Which is very Mudhoney. If they would have followed their “Bleach” with their “Nevermind” they would have killed themselves soon afterward. Why? Why not. 1989 was a very odd year. And that's all I have to say about that. Instead, they released this album, which had the AMAZING songs “This Gift”, “Dead Love” , “When Tomorrow Hits” and a song that would not seem out of place in a Justice set today – “Here Comes Sickness.” The incompleteness of this album helped propel them to record EGBDF. And thank goodness for that.

Geat Album

I don't know who was disapointed by this album as the iTunes review says. I agree with the other three reviews wholeheartedly. Mudhoney has always been one of my favorites and this album was the start of it all for me. This record kicks you in the teeth and gives off a sweaty, dirty and blissfully rock n' roll feel. Great guitar riffs and messy solos ( in a good way) highlight the whole album and fit with Mark Arm's howling and tortured vocals. The hidden gem in the band and in all of rock has to be Dan Peter's dums. He is so unique and gives the songs a special sound not heard with most bands. Mudhoney doesn't get the respect they deserve and most people are missing out on a great rock n roll band - don't be one of them.

A MUST HAVE

The reviewer is either 60 or 16, because he/she couldn't have truly been part of what was happening from 1987-1991. If he/she had been tuned in during that period, he/she would have stated in his/her review that this album was giant. I think if you compared how many cheap cassette decks or record players this album graced in 1989 to Nirvana's Bleach, I think that would speak volumes. This was truly a foundational building block of the music that flowed into the early nineties and on. To those who appreciated this album when it came out, it's a monument.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Nirvana may have been the band that put an entire generation in flannel, and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden both sold a lot more records, but Mudhoney were truly the band that made the '90s grunge rock movement possible. Mudhoney were the first real success story for Sub Pop Records; their indie-scene success laid the groundwork for the movement that would (briefly) make Seattle, Washington, the new capital of the rock & roll universe; and they took the sweat-soaked and beer-fueled mixture of heavy...
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