Wednesday, July 02, 2008

617. Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff (1988)

Track Listing

1. Need
2. Chain That Door
3. Mudride
4. No One Has
5. If I Think
6. In 'N' Out of Grace


Well this is a very short album indeed. The parameters for this list sometimes baffle me, this isn't even an album, it's an EP. But I wouldn't guess music critics can tell the difference between an EP and a LP.

That being said this is more an historically significant album than a great listen, it is historically significant because it is crystallising the Seatlle Grunge sound that would become so popular just three years from now.

It is not an amazing listen, although it is good enough. Firstly it's very short and then the major innovation seems to be adding dirty guitars and vocals in a Stooges style to an hardcore ethos. This makes it better than most hardcore, of course, but this particular album really needed to be longer, and I am sure that Mudhoney will oblige in their future entries, there just isn't enough here to make a great impression, even if a couple of the songs are very good, the rest are kind of forgettable. An important document.

Track Highlights

1. Mudride
2. If I Think
3. In 'n' Out Of Grace
4. Need

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The EP sold incredibly poorly (even by Sub Pop standards), however has since been acknowldged as one of the seminal records of the Seattle scene. In mid 2008 the EP charted at #25 on the UK Indie Album Chart, a peak for the EP, twenty years after release.



Matthew said...

Maybe the book meant the later re-released version with all their early singles tacked on to the beginning.

Sure, it's a compilation, and it was technically a 1990 release, but it's the definitive version of the release now, and it was even the one that was recently remastered and expanded for the anniversary.

Francisco Silva said...

Yeah, but in their blurb they mention no track that is not on the EP and the album length is listed as 21 minutes on the book... so it must be the EP.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the EP definition malarkey... Back then when things regularly came out on vinyl, I believe that at least in Europe, the "EP" name was mostly given to collections of up to four (or max five) songs -- this would then be a "mini-LP" instead. I seem to remember this was on the indie *album* charts.

See also "Come On Pilgrim", which has a 4ad catalogue number starting with "MAD", indicating a mini-LP as opposed to EPs, which would have "BAD" catalogue numbers.

Now that the CD rules all, the mini-LP designation has fallen into disuse, of course.