On air this week, you’ll hear the DJ’s featuring bands on the Sub Pop label and especially those performing during this weekend’s 20th Anniversary Festival at Marymoor Park from noon to 10pm on July 12th and 13th. On the KEXP Blog, we’ll be featuring one or two bands each day and giving away tickets to SP20! Today, we’re featuring Mudhoney.
review by Chris Estey
Sub Pop’s recent double deluxe reissue of Superfuzz Bigmuff — a collection of the band’s phenomenal (literally) first EP and the senses-shattering singles like “Touch Me I’m Sick” that came out around the same time (late 80s, early 90s), along with an extravagant amount of live material from Berlin live dates and in-studio sessions — will no doubt snare Mudhoney many new fans. This is where you hear where it all began: Those nasty been-bullied-too-much come backs, those 70s BTO power chords meets 80s skronk guitar chunks of cheddar, that big ass drum beat, those melodies that almost stick like honey till the rocks crack your teeth. All of us who have been seeing the band live for so many years can even feel the charge of hearing those early sides once more, causing me to personally remember how thrilled I was when the seven inch “Sick” was the lead review in The Rocket (at a time when a lot of the underground bands weren’t getting much press, and usually that critique was saved for a full album review). Lovers of S-P founder Bruce Pavitt’s “Sub Pop” column in that long-running tabloid and the various cassette compilations thrilled at seeing the acclaim for the repression-enraged Bellevue band that started as the mocking Mr. Epp and the Calculations (“Mohawk Man”!), kicked ass as Green River, and ended up sticking in the new freak flag of 1988. There has been a lot of yammering about founders Mark Arm and Steve Turner mutating the band from grime-punk to garage rock in the mid-90s to straight-out hard protest music of late (check out the latest album The Lucky Ones), and whether or not bass player Matt Lukin’s years with the group were the most prime. In the end, Mudhoney will be remembered as one of the best rock and roll bands the Pac NW has produced, perfectly exemplifying the kind of spittle and shake that happens when suburban kids make noise together in their parents’ two-car.
Touch Me I’m Sick
Let It Slide
KEXP and Zune are giving you an opportunity to attend SubPop 20. All you have to do is be one of the first people to answer a trivia question and put your “SP20″ and the day you want to go, either “Saturday” or “Sunday”. The first 4 people to respond will get one ticket for the day they choose. The ticket must be picked up at the station by Friday. All this week, we’ll be giving away tickets to SP20 on the KEXP Blog, so stay tuned!
We’ll start you off with an easy one: What is the name of the Cliff’s (Matt Dillon) band in Singles and what Mudhoney-influenced song did they play?
If you think you know the question, email now.
Sorry, the tickets are gone. Try again tomorrow!