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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
With the exception of the Melvins, at the point Sub Pop 200 was released the label had virtually every important Seattle band on its roster. Here 20 bands get to strut their stuff in the premainstream alternative rock world. And many of the bands that helped alternative rock reach its popularity are represented here, including Soundgarden, Nirvana, Screaming Trees, and Green River which would mutate into Pearl Jam. Strangely enough, most of these bands do not have the standout tracks on the album. The Fastbacks try to steal the show with their charged cover of Green River's "Swallow My Pride," but the Walkabouts might have the best song here with their folk-rocker "Got...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
With the exception of the Melvins, at the point Sub Pop 200 was released the label had virtually every important Seattle band on its roster. Here 20 bands get to strut their stuff in the premainstream alternative rock world. And many of the bands that helped alternative rock reach its popularity are represented here, including Soundgarden, Nirvana, Screaming Trees, and Green River which would mutate into Pearl Jam. Strangely enough, most of these bands do not have the standout tracks on the album. The Fastbacks try to steal the show with their charged cover of Green River's "Swallow My Pride," but the Walkabouts might have the best song here with their folk-rocker "Got No Chains." Mudhoney covers the Bette Midler torch song "The Rose," while the Chemistry Set have an impressive entry with "Underground." The Thrown Ups also show up with the best song in their catalog, "You Lost It." The album as a whole is really good; there are few standouts, but everything is solid. Many will buy the album for the Nirvana track "Spank Thru," which is decent, but hopefully those listeners will stick around for the good obscure grunge tracks included.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/1995
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • UPC: 098787002522
  • Catalog Number: 25
  • Sales rank: 71,140

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beat Happening Track Performer
Fastbacks Track Performer
Mark Lanegan Vocals
Mudhoney Track Performer
Nirvana Track Performer
Screaming Trees Track Performer
Soundgarden Track Performer
Tad Track Performer
Bill Henderson Guitar
Blood Circus Track Performer
Cat Butt Track Performer
Jack Endino Background Vocals
Steve Fisk Noise, Sampling, Track Performer
The Fluid Track Performer
Girl Trouble Track Performer
Green River Track Performer
The Walkabouts Track Performer
Alex Laipeneiks Drums
Buddy Love Bass
Jeff Ament Bass
Mark Arm Guitar, Vocals
Steven Jesse Bernstein Voices, Track Performer
Matt Bischoff Bass, Vocals
Kurt Bloch Guitar
Bootsy Collins Guitar
Matt Cameron Drums
Bill Campbell Bass
Chad Channing Drums
James Clower Guitar
Kurt Cobain Guitar, Vocals
Chris Cornell Vocals
Kurt Danielson Bass
Doug Day Drums
Tad Doyle Guitar, Vocals
Chris Eckman Guitar, Vocals
Grant Eckman Drums
Greg Freeman Bass
Terry Lee Hale Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jeff Bass
Calvin Johnson Vocals
Nate Johnson Drums
Judah Vocals
Kurt P. Kendall Vocals
Rick Kulwicki Guitar, Vocals
Matt Lukin Bass
Krist Novoselic Bass
Dan Peters Drums
Mark Pickerel Drums
Garrett Shavlik Drums, Vocals
Kim Thayil Guitar, Vocals
Gary Thorstensen Guitar
Carla Torgerson Cello, Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Turner Guitar
Kim Warnick Bass, Vocals
Michael Wells Bass, Harmonica
Steve Wied Drums
Hiro Yamamoto Bass
Michael Anderson Guitar, Vocals
The Thrown Ups Track Performer
Gary Lee Conner Guitar
Van Conner Bass
Sam Albright Guitar
Rod Ho Guitar, Vocals
Scott Sutherland Guitar, Vocals
Rob Vasquez Guitar, Vocals
Bill Owen Guitar
Brendon Shriane Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals
James Burdyshaw Guitar
David E. Duet Vocals
Chris Pugh Guitar
Scott "Guitar" Schikler Drums
Andy Springsheen Bass
Geoff Robinson Guitar
T-Man Bass
Scott Vanderpool Drums
Mathew Jones Drums, Vocals
Heather Lewis Drums
Swallow Track Performer
The Chemistry Set Track Performer
John Robinson Vocals
Calvin Vocals
Stone Guitar
Bon Henderson Drums
Dean Gunderson Bass
A-Lex Drums
Nights and Days Track Performer
Matthew Perryman Jones Drums, Vocals
Manny Eldorado Guitar
Tom Ewers Guitar
Jarrett O'Bryan Bass
Alex Drums
Technical Credits
Ian Hunter Composer
Jack Endino Engineer
Steve Fisk Engineer
Charles Burns Illustrations
Bruce Calder Engineer
Kurt Cobain Composer
Simon Gallup Composer
Dale Buffin Griffin Composer
Chris Hanzsek Engineer
Mick Ralphs Composer
Robert Smith Composer
Porl Thompson Composer
Laurence Tolhurst Composer
Boris Williams Composer
Roger O'Donnell Composer
Lisa Orth Artwork
Overend Watts Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Sub-Pop Sampler!

    Released in 1995, "Sub Pop 200" is the closest thing to an alternative rock sampler as you can get. Not that that's a bad thing because we're talking about Sub Pop Records, which was the home of Nirvana. But instead of hearing "About A Girl" or "Smells Like Teen Spirit", we get an early recording of "Spank Thru", which only hints at the impending greatness of those guys. Yet, once we get past Nirvana, there's also Mudhoney covering, of all things, Bette Midler's torch song "The Rose" and they turn it into almost a laughable, death-metal tune. Soundgarden is here, too, with "Sub Pop Rock City" which sounds like a grungy, updated version of "Clash City Rockers". However, for every famous act, there are also the should-have-been-famous acts like The Walkabouts, whose "Got No Chains" is an excellent blast of folk and garage punk which should've put these guys on the map. And just when you think it's over, the CD ends with poet Steven Jesse Bernstein's rambling, profane and hilarious rant on "Come Out Tonight", which covers everything from Bruce Springsteen to Jackie O and has unintentionally turned out to be a timeless parable on egotistical celebrity worship ("I'll always be more important than YOU!"). While this collection is far from perfect, "Sub Pop 200" does have some tracks worth checking out. Buy it for Nirvana. But stick around for The Walkabouts and Steven Jesse Bernstein.

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