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Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

Mudhoney - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge ©1991 SubPop
1. Generation Genocide
2. Let It Slide
3. Good Enough
4. Something So Clear
5. Thorn
6. Into The Drink
7. Broken Hands
8. Who You Drivin' Now?
9. Move Out
10. Shoot The Moon
11. Fuzzgun '91
12. Pokin' Around
13. Don't Fade IV
14. Check-out Time

Amongst all the lesser bands of the infamous grunge explosion was Mudhoney. Their sound, a fuzzed out approach that didn't rely too heavily upon the bloated, decaying corpse of 70s hard rock, was entirely what grunge should have been, a dirty style of garage rock full of great, tuneful songs. The band's best album was 1991's Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, which features a wonderfully dirty yet crystal clear eight track production by Conrad Uno. Mark Arm's vocals are atrocious, yet in a way that is endearing. He often sounds like he's stretching to his limits and what should be flat singing comes across as perfectly appropriate for the music. The band is excellent on these songs, with the guitars offering more than their fair share of great interplay, levels of distortion and riffs. The drums are well produced, giving a lot of punch to the music. Mudhoney did truly have their own sound going on this album, which set them apart from the legions of flannel-clad wannabees of the scene. Moreover, the songs on this album are simply outstanding and thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. The band gives the listener precisely enough faster songs, moody numbers and everything in between to keep the album fresh and inviting all the way through. While Mudhoney never quite achieved this plateau again in their career, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge is one of the very few true classics of the infamous Seattle music scene.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2001

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My Brother the Cow

Mudhoney - My Brother the Cow ©1995 Reprise
1. Judgement, Rape, Retribution & Thyme
2. Generation Spokesmodel
3. What Moves the Heart?
4. Today, is a Good Day
5. In Yer Shtik
6. In My Finest Suit
7. F.D.K. (Fearless Doctor Killers)
8. Orange Ball-peen Hammer
9. Crankcase Blues
10. Execution Style
11. Dissolve
12. 1995
13. woC ehT rehtorB yM (hidden track)

As the so-called "grunge" movement burst onto the scene and subsequently exhausted itself in short order, Seattle's Mudhoney rode along on the periphery of the movement they had helped established. Their first few releases were credible entries in the scene, establishing the act as one to give a listen. However, in 1992, they released a Piece of Cake on Reprise and squandered a bit of their momentum as that record was pretty much a dud. Aside from a few standout tracks, the album lacked the firepower that had gotten Mudhoney into that position in the first place. By the time they got around to releasing a follow up in 1995, grunge had subsided while pouting alternative rock bands were soaring up the charts. My Brother the Cow fortunately was a decent rebound from Piece of Cake.

Mudhoney's sound has never been one focused on a clean, polished arena rock approach. My Brother the Cow reaffirms the band's looseness and moderately out of control style. Whereas Piece of Cake seemingly was the sound of a band unsure of how to deal with millions of new ears seeking out that Seattle sound, My Brother the Cow comes across as an album created by a band who knew what they wanted out of the recording. The album oozes swaggering rock attitude and sneer, with the lack of pretention that supposedly accompanied the grunge movement. Mudhoney sound uncontrived, entirely assured of what they're doing. The best moments on this record are the more upbeat numbers, such as "F.D.K. (Fearless Doctor Killers)" or "Generation Spokesmodel". The band does get a little cute with their hidden track by reprising the entire album played backwards. This probably helped parental advocate groups monitor the record for backwards Satanic messages, but it doesn't exactly serve any purpose otherwise.

My Brother the Cow helped rebuild Mudhoney's credibility, perhaps helping pave the way for the ultimate longevity. A must for Mudhoney fans and recommended for those who want to find the highlights of the Seattle scene, such as it was.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/2009

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