Mudhoney is an American alternative rock band. Formed in Seattle,
Washington in 1988 following the demise of Green River, Mudhoney's
members are singer and rhythm guitarist Mark Arm, lead guitarist Steve
Guy Maddison and drummer Dan Peters. Original bassist
Matt Lukin left the band in 1999.
Mudhoney's early releases on the
Sub Pop label, particularly their
debut single "Touch Me I'm Sick" and the
Superfuzz Bigmuff EP, were
massively influential on the
Seattle music scene. More than almost any
other release of the era they inspired the dirty, high-distortion
sound that would become grunge. Later on,
Mudhoney also mixed heavy
blues rock and punk rock into their sound at various stages. Although
the band has found little commercial success during its long career,
which has yielded 9 studio albums, it has inspired countless grunge
and alternative rock musicians.
1.1 Mr. Epp and the Calculations
1.2 Green River: 1984–1987
1.3 Sub Pop: 1988–1991
1.4 Reprise: 1992–1999
1.5 After Matt Lukin: 2000–present
4 Other sources
Mr. Epp and the Calculations
Mudhoney (known as Mr. Epp and the Calculation at the time) started in
Bellevue, Washington, a suburb of
Seattle in 1980. While at Bellevue
Christian High School, Mark McLaughlin (later known as Mark Arm) and
some friends started Mr. Epp and the Calculations, a band named after
a math teacher of his. Initially the band was essentially a joke band
rather than a serious one; their first "show" was in class singing
Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up", using rolled-up maps as guitars
because they could not actually play any instruments. Mr. Epp and the
Calculations played their first real show in 1981, three years after
they formed. To make the band seem more serious, Mr. Epp added a
second guitarist Steve Turner, who was in a small garage band called
The Ducky Boys.
Mark Arm and Steve Turner became instant friends. Mr.
Epp and the Calculations appeared on KZAM-AM radio and were introduced
as "the worst band in the world." They played their last show on
February 3, 1984 with
Malfunkshun at Seattle's Metropolis. Mark Arm
and Steve Turner formed a joke-punk band called The Limp Richerds in
1984 near the end of Mr. Epp but this band ended shortly after Mr.
Epp's ending as well.
Green River: 1984–1987
Frontman Mark Arm
Green River was formed in 1984 when Arm and Turner recruited Alex
Vincent as drummer, who had previously played with Turner in the
short-lived Spluii Numa. Bassist
Jeff Ament joined the band after
Seattle with his band Deranged Diction. Stone Gossard,
another of Turner's former bandmates, was recruited as second
guitarist. Green River recorded their debut EP, Come on Down, in 1985,
and it is often regarded as the first true "grunge" record.[citation
needed] Turner left the band after its release due to his distaste of
the band's hard rock leanings. He was replaced by another Deranged
Diction member, Bruce Fairweather. After recording another EP (Dry As
a Bone) and a full-length album (Rehab Doll), the band disbanded in
late 1987. Gossard, Ament, and Fairweather went on to join Mother Love
Bone. Following lead singer Andrew Wood's death, Gossard and Ament
went on to form Pearl Jam, and Fairweather joined Love Battery. In
January 1988, Arm reunited with Turner to form Mudhoney.
Sub Pop: 1988–1991
Turner wanted to start a band that rehearsed before playing to a live
audience. He and Arm began songwriting with
Bundle of Hiss drummer Dan
Peters. The trio decided that Matt Lukin, who had recently left
Melvins, should join the band as bassist. They named themselves
Russ Meyer film Mudhoney.
"Touch Me I'm Sick"
Sample of "Touch Me I'm Sick", a single by Mudhoney. The sample
illustrates the song's high tempo, main guitar riff, heavy use of
distortion and frenetic drumming. Also heard are band frontman Mark
Arm's self-deprecating and sarcastic lyrics.
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In 1988, the band recorded and released their debut EP, Superfuzz
Bigmuff, and their first single, "Touch Me I'm Sick", on the Sub Pop
label. The single attracted attention and the band enjoyed moderate
success in the United States.
Mudhoney quickly became Sub Pop's
flagship band. Sonic Youth, who were fans of the band, had invited
Mudhoney to join them for a tour in the UK in 1989. After this tour
Superfuzz Bigmuff entered the British indie charts and they received a
respectable amount of press coverage. The band released their first
album, Mudhoney, in 1989.
Kurt Cobain listed
Superfuzz Bigmuff as one of his favourite albums in
his journal in 1993.
They released their second album, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, in
1991. After the album's release they were offered a deal with Reprise
Records, and they joined the label in 1992.
Mudhoney's first album with Reprise was Piece of Cake. In a 2008
Mojo magazine article, Turner explained the album references "how
easily things had come to them...the songs were kinda half-baked..."
They also contributed a track "Overblown" at this time to the
soundtrack to the film Singles.
Lead guitarist Steve Turner in 2007
With their 1995 album
My Brother the Cow
My Brother the Cow they mixed their earlier and
more recent sound, but Turner explained in an article in Mojo, "There
was a backlash after Kurt [Cobain] killed himself. The English press
were so angry that we were still around. Those were some of the worst
reviews we'd ever gotten. We were mocked for still existing." The
press was not all negative, as the album received praise in certain
U.S. publications, including People magazine: "Leave the brooding
anthems to Pearl Jam.
Mudhoney delivers pure grunge—messy music that
casts a powerful spell."
Mudhoney appeared in the comedy movie Black Sheep, starring
Chris Farley and David Spade. The band was shown performing at an MTV
concert and then speaking with Farley backstage. Tomorrow Hit Today
was released in September 1998. The album demonstrated a blues-rock
influence, and the band used record producer Jim Dickinson, who worked
with The Rolling Stones. They recorded the set in three different
After a few years of touring, Reprise decided to release Mudhoney.
Subsequently, Lukin left the band. They released March to Fuzz, a
retrospective compilation album.
After Matt Lukin: 2000–present
Mudhoney continued to play some concerts in the Pacific Northwest, and
recruited permanent bassist
Guy Maddison (of Monroe's Fur and
Lubricated Goat) who had played with Arm in one of his many side
projects, Bloodloss. In 2002, following their return to Sub Pop, the
band recorded and released a new studio album, Since We've Become
Translucent. This was followed by a major South American tour.
Guy Maddison in 2007
In early 2003 the band entered the studio to record "Hard-On For War",
that would appear exclusively on Buddyhead Presents: Gimme Skelter
compilation album. Later that year the band recorded Under a Billion
Suns on which a new version of the song appeared. The album was
released in 2006 and received favorable reviews. In 2006 the band also
helped to curate an edition of the British All Tomorrow's Parties
Mudhoney played in Brazil again and went on a brief
European tour. In November that year, the band released a live
album entitled Live Mud, containing songs recorded at a concert in
Mudhoney began recording their next album with producer
Tucker Martine, The Lucky Ones, which was released in May 2008.
Sub Pop released a deluxe, remastered edition of
Superfuzz Bigmuff. The reissue contained the original EP in its
correct running order, along with singles, demos, and two live
recordings from 1988. In the liner notes of the reissued Superfuzz
Bigmuff, Jay Hinman wrote:
My feeling—and I know I’m not alone in this one—is that for all
the play and worldwide attention several Seattle-area bands got during
the 1988-92 period, at the end of the day (and even at the time),
there was Mudhoney—and then there was everybody else. To me, you,
and everyone else paying close attention to underground rock music
during those years,
Mudhoney still sound like the undisputed kingpins
of roaring, surging, fuzzed-out, punk music.
Mudhoney announced a series of live dates. This included an
extensive tour of Europe which started in Edinburgh, Scotland with Sub
Pop label mates The Vaselines. The tour ended on October 26 in Tel
Aviv, Israel. The group performed at the
Nelsonville Music Festival
Nelsonville Music Festival in
Nelsonville, Ohio in May 2009. The group played at the ATP New
York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York in September 2010,
where they performed
Superfuzz Bigmuff in its entirety.
Pearl Jam had
Mudhoney open for them on their 20th
Anniversary tour. They were chosen by Mogwai to perform in May 2012 at
the All Tomorrow's Parties 'I'll Be Your Mirror' festival at Alexandra
Palace, London. In April 2013 the band put out their ninth studio
album Vanishing Point on the independent label Sub Pop.
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (1991)
Piece of Cake (1992)
My Brother the Cow
My Brother the Cow (1995)
Tomorrow Hit Today (1998)
Since We've Become Translucent (2002)
Under a Billion Suns
Under a Billion Suns (2006)
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Vanishing Point (2013)
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Vinylnet Record Label Discographies. link. -
Sub Pop catalogue
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
Piece of Cake
My Brother the Cow
Tomorrow Hit Today
Since We've Become Translucent
Under a Billion Suns
The Lucky Ones
Boiled Beef & Rotting Teeth
Five Dollar Bob's Mock Cooter Stew
Live & compilations
Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles
March to Fuzz
Here Comes Sickness: The Best of the BBC
"Touch Me I'm Sick"
"Touch Me I'm Sick"/"Halloween"
"Hate the Police"
"Suck You Dry"
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