Mudhoney- Touch Me I’m Sick

~74 minutes
If you’ve heard of Mudhoney, then you’ve heard of the song “Touch Me I’m Sick.” Mudhoney’s sound fell solidly under the “Grunge” moniker, and the industry immediately slapped the Seattle label all over everything they wrote, played, wore, whatever. You could easily answer the question, “What is Grunge?” by playing Mudhoney’s first two studio albums, then Soundgarden’s first 2 studio albums and wrap it up with Nirvana’s first 2 studio albums. In my conversations on the show there was a general agreement on these albums, even though Soundgarden’s “Badmotorfinger” is technically their third album it still got many votes. Working my way through some of Mudhoney’s later albums I came across a number of excellent tracks that perpetuated their original style- outstanding vocals, heavy tones and satisfying rhythms tinged with grunge i.e. “Suck You Dry,” “Ghost,” and “Acetone.”

Playlist for Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick

Scott’s picks:

  • Soundgarden – Outshined; but also recommends the whole album, Badmotorfinger
  • Nirvana – Love Buzz; Floyd the Barber
  • Temple of the Dog – Hungerstrike (Scott recommends the entire cd)
  • Pearl Jam – Jeremy

Rich’s picks:

  • Dead Kennedy’s – MtV Get Off the Air
  • Nirvana – Sliver
  • Sonic Youth – Halloween
  • Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger (the whole album) [i suggest Jesus Christ Pose]

Ryan couldn’t make it on the show but he writes:

  • Two tunes that come to mind are Nirvana’s “Negative Creep” and Soundgarden’s “Big Dumb Sex”. When the grunge thing was just blasting off and these bands were getting loads of attention and Mudhoney was throwing down just as many songs for an even longer time, these songs were big hits in the stock room at SSU bookstore. I priced lots of text books listening to grunge.

Dan’s Picks:

  • CatBUTT – I’m a Dick

Randy’s Picks

  • Nirvana – Floyd the Barber
  • Jesus Lizard – Here Comes Dudley
  • Jesus Chrysler – I Wanna Be
  • Operation Ivy – Knowledge
  • Soundgarden – Flower
  • My Pick’s

    • Mudhoney – Here Comes Sickness; Acetone
    • Screaming Trees – Alice Said
    • Soundgarden – Burden in My Hand; Ty Cobb
    • Tad – Giant Killer
    • Sonic Youth – Schizophrenia; Paper Cup Exit
    • Melvins – Copache

    Other media:

    Dan recommends the book “Everybody Loves Our Town” by Mark Yarm
    (while I was looking for a link to Mark Yarm’s work I came across this website – The Grunge Report – didn’t get a chance to browse it. . . yet

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    3 thoughts on “Mudhoney- Touch Me I’m Sick”

    1. thanks for the link, i had that open in my browser at one point and didn’t get a chance to look at it or save it for later, looks worth taking a second look

    2. Any cookie cutting label, including (especially) “grunge”, is so limiting that it’s bound to be despised. I think that goes doubly-so for musicians who found themselves pigeon-holed into it – like several of the ones discussed in this week’s podcast.
      The title of Mark Yarm’s book is a nod to Mudhoney who in 1992 sang:

      Everybody loves us
      Everybody loves our town
      That’s why I’m thinking lately
      The time for leaving is now
      (“Overblown”)

      This expressed loathing for labels is characteristic of the time and culture that produced many of the bands that we have come to call “grunge” but for no other reason than convenience. Where do bands like Alice in Chains, or 7 Year Bitch, Screaming Trees, or Riot Grrrl fit in? Only several years later could anyone reluctantly claim to embrace the term. In 1995 Mudhoney’s guitarist, Steve Turner, was quoted as saying “… we came out of the closet and said, ‘Fine, we’re grunge. If anybody fuckin’ is, we are.’” That was a year after the 1994 suicide of Kurt – who had iconically posed with Frances while wearing a t-shirt which read GRUNGE IS DEAD.

      I think it’s important that we neither sanctify nor memorialize grunge as a person, or a sound, or culture, or an art. To the contrary – musical talents from Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and both Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (formerly of Nirvana), continue to successfully write and record new material (Dave and Krist collaborating with the producer of Nevermind on the latest Foo Fighters album). Furthermore, through the current music of The Melvins, Candlebox, and Mudhoney, grunge continues current day in some of its quintessential forms…. And further still many of those that established the unique sound were undiscovered then, and still are today.

      What hasn’t changed… is that we still feel limited and dirty when we use the term “grunge”… and maybe we’re supposed to. Great show man!

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