One of the first grunge bands, Green River, broke up in 1987. Two of its members, Mark Arm and Steve Turner, were looking for new musical projects and both ended up doing a stint in the improvisational rock group The Thrown-Ups. They also experimented with another lineup, recruiting bassist Matt Lukin, who had played with the Melvins, and the incredible drummer Dan Peterson. Mark Arm was to be the frontman and Steve Turner played guitar, they gave this project the name “Mudhoney”. At that time Mark’s co-worker at Muzak was Bruce Pavitt, who had just founded the label Sub Pop. Bruce was impressed by the first Mudhoney recordings, and Sub Pop put out their first single “Touch Me I’m Sick” (and the “B” side “Sweet Young Thing”) in 1988. The release sold out fast, and Mudhoney became the most important band for the new label.
Mudhoney is still playing together. And their trademark stripped-down psychedelic garage sound has kept them a major player in the rock scene for decades. In this episode you’ll hear current interviews with Mark Arm, Steve Turner and engineer Jack Endino, where they talk about this long-running band and how they made it to the millennium.
For more on grunge history, check out Experience Music Project’s new Nirvana exhibit. Info and tickets can be found at empsfm.org.
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