Superfuzz Bigmuff/Plus

November 29, 2005 | Format: MP3
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  • Original Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Label: Sub Pop Records
  • Copyright: 1988 Sub Pop Records
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  • Total Length: 43:39
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  • ASIN: B000YN0B7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shotgun Method on August 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Everything coming out of Seattle from the mid-'80s to about '94 was seemingly labeled "grunge" when in fact most of the outfits from there were widely varying in their sound. However, make no mistake--Mudhoney ARE "grunge" to a T. Continuing the legacy of the defunct Green River, these guys played a frothy concoction of punk, metal, and garage rock that predated MTV's homogenizing interest in "alternative." And yet they were and continue to be unfairly overlooked in favor of a certain three-piece starting with the letter "N."

Superfuzz Bigmuff (named after the distortion pedal--how cool is that?) & Early Singles displays this scruffy quartet at their best, creating untamed monster slabs of strung-out, slithering, primal sleaze that would do Iggy Pop proud. Mudhoney captured all the rage of youth without wallowing in the angst of some of their contemporaries. The overriding themes are misanthropy, sex, drugs, and more sex. You almost feel like taking a shower after listening--the stuff of great rock 'n' roll.

The feral howls of Mark Arm and Steve Turner's feedback-driven chunks of riffage are all over this album, showcased to absolutely best effect on the gleefully trashy opener Touch Me I'm Sick, the grinding and woozy Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More, the frantic Burn It Clean, an absolutely evil cover of Sonic Youth's Halloween (way better than the original in my estimation), and the irrevent powerhouse In 'N' Out Of Grace. When they DO turn the volume down for a moment on Mudride and If I Think, it merely serves to enhance the pummeling.

Despite a couple of weak tracks (No One Has and Chain That Door aren't too great) and the fact that the singles are definitely stronger than the LP, Superfuzz Bigmuff is utterly mandatory listening for anyone who claims allegiance to the banner of alternative rock.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on December 14, 2003
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Mudhoney are yet another band that, unfortunately, got left behind in the aftermath of the whole alternative-rock explosion of the late 1980's and early '90's. In fact, they've been even more unfairly neglected than the Pixies, Faith No More, and Jane's Addiction. As a result, I'm just getting into them now, but I must say these guys held their own with any of the genre's leading lights. This collection of early singles, packaged along with their EP "Superfuzz Bigmuff," showcases a blues-dirge-punk sound somewhat similar to that of early Soundgarden, but with an even higher level of guitar fuzz produced by the distortion pedals that gave "Superfuzz Bigmuff" its name.
Leading off this collection is their first single, "Touch Me I'm Sick," which is the perfect summation of Mudhoney's musical mission and easily one of the defining songs of the "grunge era." With the volume and distortion both cranked way up, "Touch Me I'm Sick" boasts one of the biggest, rawest, dirtiest, and above all catchiest riffs in history. The drumming sounds like they took a guy having a seizure and put him behind the kit, and Mark Arm spits out the depraved lyrics in his unmistakable feral howl. Put it all together, and you've got everything that rock music is supposed to be compressed into two and a half triumphantly lowbrow minutes.
The disc never quite reaches the lofty heights of "Touch Me I'm Sick" again, but there's certainly a lot more great stuff here. For the remaining eleven tracks, fast-paced, fuzzed-out blasts of aggression share space with slower, bluesier material that allowed the band to stretch out its sound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hagerman on April 1, 2003
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mudhoney were grunge before grunge existed, before it was en vogue. this is one loud fun album. distorted guitars that sent the scene for grunge bowl me over. the music is garage rock sprinkled with some blues and a touch of punk. rising from the ashes of green river, mudhoney were a force to be reckoned with. proof of that is that they outlasted most of their grunge peers.
dan peters is such a unique drummer and matt lukin plays his bass with more passion than most other bassists. steve turner is a loud loose and great player who does not need to flaunt his style. he just lets his music speak for itself. mark arm? well he sings and i like him very much but his voice is different and some say an acquired taste. all in all a fun great rock and roll album that makes me feel all warm inside.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Velouria6@aol.com on December 31, 1998
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Nobody, but nobody can scream like Mudhoney's Mark Arm (except maybe Dave Smalley of Down By Law fame, and he at least screams on key). This band should adopt the tongue-in-cheek unofficial Primus slogan "We're Mudhoney, and we suck!" They are indeed the world's best worst band. They play wiht intensity and fervor unmatched by the thousands of gutless, canned, copycat alternative bands to storm the music scene since Nirvana chastised us all for smelling like teen spirit. "Superfuzz" is an anthem for those of us from the older school of punk. There is almost nothing better than driving down the highway screaming along with Mr. Arm, "Touch me, I'm sick!!!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Barrett on August 19, 2003
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This EP/Record is an excellent assemble of raw, dirty grunge pieces. If you enjoy Nirvana but also have a taste for Iggy and the Stooges raw garage rock sound then this is definitley your album. Mark Arm is a very raw vocalist, when you hear his voice come roaring out of the speakers, you know your in for a rough ride. The riffs and chords are coated in heavy disortion and they are backed by the excellent machine gun drumming. Anyways if you enjoy Nirvana, Stooges, or any garage rock or grunge then this is an excellent buy!
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