Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
In 1991 the Grunge revolution was in full swing and Mudhoney, the band that (as the story goes) coined the term “grunge,” released their second full-length album, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge. EGBDF is 42 and a half minutes of pure fuzzed out grunge bliss. It’s well-made but not overproduced, keeping a certain looseness that perfectly captures the energy of the band, which flows freely throughout the entirety of the album. Mark Arm’s vocals crackle as Steve’s guitars bring loads of grit and work in tight tandem with Matt’s slinky bass and Dan’s thunderous drums. Even 32 years later, the energy behind this recording can be felt as if it had just been released and the Grunge movement was still fresh.
I had known of Mudhoney for a long while, but never really sat down to give them much attention. That was until I stumbled upon their documentary titled “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” on streaming. Besides being drawn in by the fantastic music, I really appreciated how down to earth the group is. The documentary makes it clear that even though they pioneered Grunge music, they’re just everyday guys who love to make music. They all have real jobs but they still enjoy creating and playing together. Mudhoney might be the Grandfathers of Grunge, but they’re still going strong (their new album is out in April) and are well worth a spot in your collection.