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Monday, November 03, 2008

Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles

Re-Up - Originally Posted 4/6/08

Named after the band's favorite distortion pedal, Superfuzz Bigmuff was actually Mudhoney's first EP; the Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles package collects that recording, as well as the A- and B-sides of their first two 45s and two covers (of the Dicks and Sonic Youth), all released in 1988-1989. Taken as a whole, this output makes a case for Mudhoney as the first true grunge band; due to the time constraints of the forms in which this material was originally released, it also makes for their best, most consistent album, as the band largely refrains from the sort of aimless, grinding Stooges updates that slow the momentum of most of its records. Instead, Superfuzz Bigmuff has all the best attributes of Mudhoney's Stooges fixation, whether slow or fast, this music is grimy, raucous, and violently enthusiastic, with a stronger melodic sensibility than Iggy's band possessed. Mudhoney's dominant traits are simple chord progressions and a filthy-sounding, ultradistorted guitar racket, punctuated by Mark Arm's snarling, demonic howls. It isn't the most original approach to rock & roll, but when it all comes into focus, as on their (and Sub Pop's) debut single, the ultimate grunge anthem "Touch Me I'm Sick" Mudhoney's power is absolutely throttling. "Touch Me I'm Sick" would be essential listening for anyone even remotely interested in the genesis of the Seattle scene, but the album is full of menacing, vital rock & roll, plus sharp songwriting that elevates several other songs to classic status. Mudhoney's musical range may be quite limited, but as Superfuzz Bigmuff proves, they can be amazing at what they can do. This is the birth of grunge, and a reminder of exactly why the music was christened with a word meaning "dirt." (Year of Release: 1990)

Track List:
1. Touch Me I'm Sick
2. Sweet Young Thing (Ain't Sweet No More)
3. Hate The Police
4. Burn It Clean
5. You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face)
6. Halloween
7. No One Has
8. If I Think
9. In 'N' Out Of Grace
10. Need
11. Chain That Door
12. Mudride

Download: Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles
Download Size: 39.4MB


Anonymous said...

Oh boy !!
I loose my original LP and it's a great pleasure to hear it again.

Mudhoney was underestimated. Nirvana is not the grunge: just listen "Touch me I'm sick" and you will agree with you !!


Erwan (France)

Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for the Mudhoney post. Their early stuff is by far their best. How about their first album with "Here Comes Sickness"? Any possibility of posting that one?

Ego Kornus said...

Great post Digital, by the way the bela lugusi was great to!
but mudhoney!
yeah lets rock!!

Slobodan Burgher said...

Cheers mate!

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Mudhoney rocks. Hadn't heard these discs in years! Thanks, zero_II.