Nirvana probably wouldn’t have existed if not for Mudhoney.
Mudhoney is a band from musical history that doesn’t get nearly the credit they deserve. If it wasn’t for them, who knows if there would have even been a new style of rock music from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest known as grunge?
They were the forefathers of this genre and led the way for bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Dinosaur Jr., the Flaming Lips, and many more. With their gritty, high-distortion bluesy punk rock sound (honestly, that’s how I’d describe it), they inspired a whole legion of artists who were sick of current cadre of Sunset Strip/Hollywood studio polished sound of hair metal.
Rising from the ashes of the band Green River, Mudhoney formed in Seattle, Washington with original members Mark Arm (Mark McLaughlin), Stever Turner on lead guitar, Matt Lukin on bass and Dan Peters on Drums. Their first single “Touch me I’m Sick” and EP Superfuzz Bigmuff were extremely influential on the Seattle music scene in the late 80s/early 90s.
Though not nearly as commercially successful as Nirvana or Soundgarden, Mudhoney has managed to keep on playing for nearly 30 years with a discography of nine studio albums (orginal drummer Matt Lukin left the band in 1999).
For more history of the band, watch the Mudhoney documentary entitled I’m Here.
Below are some of the better Mudhoney tracks for a sampling of what they sound like.
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