Mudhoney is an American rock band that can be credited for setting off the Seattle grunge scene with their heavy riffs and keen garage rock aesthetic. Labeled as one of the most iconic grunge bands of the 1990’s, Mudhoney’s music has left an impressive imprint on the generations of alternative bands that followed in its wake.
Formed in early 1988, the Seattle-based band consisted of vocalist Mark Arm, guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Matt Lukin and drummer Dan Peters. Famed Seattle producer Jack Endino produced the band’s debut, Superfuzz Bigmuff and its accompanying EP, MUDHONEY. After the release of Superfuzz Bigmuff, Mudhoney released three more albums, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (1991), Piece of Cake (1992) and My Brother The Cow (1995). During the release of every album, Mudhoney members also featured in side projects such as The Thrown Ups, and Monkeywrench.
Mudhoney’s heavy riffs, straightforward approach to songwriting and their lyrical exploration of themes such as alienation and consumerism left a deep impression on the grunge scene and their musical peers. In the early eighties, Mudhoney toured with several legendary bands, including Sonic Youth, The Ramones and Nirvana, transferring their disillusionment and ragged songs to a series of potential followers. Notable grunge acts such as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden have alluded to the influence of Mudhoney in the crafting of their sound.
Mudhoney is best known for its heavy alternative sound, droning and tremolo riffing, and its socio-political lyrics. Some of Mudhoney’s most famous songs from the 1990s remains to this day as cult classics. These include “Touch Me I’m Sick”, “Suck You Dry” and “Where The Flavor Is” from Superfuzz Bigmuff, “Let It Slide” from Piece of Cake, and “Who You Driving Now? (Live)” from Who You Driving Now? (Live).
Mudhoney found plenty of musical peers in the explosion of Seattle alternative rock acts of the 1990s. Similar contemporaries of Mudhoney are Melvins, Nirvana and Soundgarden. Other bands and musicians that cite Mudhoney’s influence include Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Dead Weather.
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