March to Fuzz
Although it was Nirvana that spread the smell of teen spirit far and wide across the land, making "grunge" an MTV buzzword and flannel an early '90s fashion statement, Mudhoney in the late '80s was perfecting its own recipe for Seattle sludge. Combining a cup of garage punk, a pinch of metal, a tablespoon of psychedelia, and a smidgen of surf rock, and then glazing the whole concoction with layers of fuzzy guitar distortion, Mudhoney developed alongside Nirvana as a harder-edged, more garagey sounding sibling. The double disc MARCH TO FUZZ chronicles Mudhoney's development from the early, rambunctious material of 1989's SUPERFUZZ BIGMUFF to the trancier (but still rowdy) fare of 1998's TOMORROW HIT TODAY. The first disc features such underground classics as the dizzying "Touch Me I'm Sick," the blistering "Suck You Dry," and the insidious "Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More." Even if you've already got all these goodies in your record collection, they sound great sandwiched together. And if that's not enough, the second disc of 28 rarities and B-sides should enthrall even the most seasoned Mudhoney fan. Here's where the band really lets down its muddied locks to toy with Ventures-style dynamics on "You Stupid Asshole" and "March to Fuzz," to deconstruct the blues on "Fuzzbuster," to cover a broad swath of artists including Elvis Costello, Void, Suicide, the Damned, and Spacemen 3, and to bash out more messy handfuls of grungelicious originals. Feast on the fuzz.