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These Gifts: Mark Arm Of Mudhoney's Favourite Albums
Nick Hutchings , May 26th, 2015 15:35

As they embark upon a run of UK dates tonight, the Seattle fuzz merchants' frontman takes Nick Hutchings on a tour of his top 13 LPs

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus
I think one of the main reasons I picked Abattoir Blues and Lyre Of Orpheus was because, as a double album, you get more bang for your buck. Abattoir Blues has a more gospel feel to it, background vocals and big crescendos. Lyre Of Orpheus was generally a quieter record except for the title track, which is one of my favourites. I love the lyrics to that song. One awesome thing about Nick Cave is the darkness and the humour in his stuff. On Abattoir Blues, I love 'There She Goes, My Beautiful World', 'Hiding All Away' and 'Nature Boy'. Just good tunes man. At this point you can hear the Warren Ellis influence.

I've always been a Nick Cave fan, since The Birthday Party. My roommate at the time, Charles Peterson [Sub Pop photographer], had a copy of Prayers On Fire and I've been listening to and following Nick Cave ever since then. First time I got to see him he didn't play Seattle, so me and my friends drove three hours north to Vancouver and that was on the First Born Is Dead tour.

My favourite ever Nick Cave lyric was going way back to 'Deep In The Woods' [from Mutiny/The Bad Seed] - where it ends with the line, "Tonight we sleep in separate ditches"; that always cracks me up.

20,000 Days On Earth was the best music documentary I've ever seen. It didn't follow the normal "and then he did this and then he did that" of those Behind The Music narratives, it was a surreal and cool peak in to Cave's world. Something I learned about him that I didn't know already is that he likes to eat pizza in front of the TV!

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May 26, 2015 5:29pm

Vanishing Point is not an Antonioni film.

("Since We've Become Translucent and Vanishing Point; it's Antonioni film reference aside...")

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May 26, 2015 5:37pm

However, Zabriskie Point is an Antonioni film.
And, Vanishing Point the LP is much, much better than the film.

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Mick Leg
May 26, 2015 6:34pm

As hard as it is to believe the half of Green River that didn't become Mudhoney became Mother Love Bone and then Pearl Jam. Soundgarden were contemporaries of Green River

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May 26, 2015 7:07pm

Excellent to see Black & White in there, a much under-rated album

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May 26, 2015 7:20pm

Nice selection that. Anybody who has copies of Black & White, Duck Stab, & A Minute To Pray... in their collection gets a cheery thumbs-up from me.

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May 26, 2015 8:54pm

In reply to Lucas:

it was not sound garden it was Pearl Jam unfortunately

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Scott Udell
May 26, 2015 9:09pm

Half the band went to Pearl Jam, not Soundgarden.

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The Former Mrs. Epp
May 26, 2015 9:35pm

Zabriskie Point is a great great GREAT fucking movie, hugely underrated by simps and ths soundtrack is a great also, even if drunk Puritan (how's that for inner conflict) John Fahey couldn't understand.

Also, though it pains me to recall this because Green River themselves were overrated, they split into Mudhoney (great band, mediocre but sometimes better songwriters) and motherfucking... Pearl Jam... not the always loathsome Soundgarden, even when they had the Japanese guy.

Mark's hep though, glad he's doing wel.

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Winged Eel Ding-a-Ling
May 26, 2015 9:42pm

Great to see Alice C. and Pharoah Sanders on there-- once upon I time I'd play "Karma" and Spacemen 3 "Playing With Fire" (a record I think Mark has heard, hah) back to back to back to back...

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May 26, 2015 9:54pm

"My friend Smithy and I had a fanzine called Attack".

That should be "Smitty", as in "Jo Smitty" of Mr. Epp and the Calculations (and currently of Clearinghouse).

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May 26, 2015 11:40pm

In reply to The Former Mrs. Epp:

Agreed. ZABRISKIE Point is a "great great GREAT fucking movie" as is its soundtrack. VANISHING Point is not a great or even good movie.
My comment was pointed at the writer of this about Vanishing Point being an Antonioni reference... hence, pointing out that ZABRISKIE Point is Antonioni not VANISHING Point.

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May 26, 2015 11:43pm

In reply to :

I said nothing about Soundgarden or Pearl Jam. And I could give a shit either way, anyway.

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May 27, 2015 2:09am

1. Mark Arm is a fucking national treasure.
2. His take on the Discharge LP is spot-on. More psych than punk.

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May 27, 2015 8:40am

Good choices, but I have to say I thought 20,000 Day on Earth was the most painfully pretentious music doco I've ever actually made me dislike Nick Cave a bit

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May 27, 2015 9:39am

In reply to :

Go ahead & spoil yourself: dislike him A LOT like I do. :)

His skin-crawling pseud-factor has sky-rocketed since the hair transplant, eh?

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May 27, 2015 12:23pm

funniest thing about Nick's hair is they the new mullet from his fucking scrote! Smoooooth.... But for guys like Mark, Nick is their Springsteen so they indulge a lot... tho' Bruce aged more gracefully even if his kid claps her beefy thighs around jumping horses for sport... but then Mark Arm wears a wetsuit now so who we too judge... Bloodloss?

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May 27, 2015 3:49pm

Nick's a good singer and bandleader but goddamn what a horrible fucking writer he is; the hair plugs only exacerbate the fact. Wot, no Cunty Munro II?

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May 27, 2015 5:07pm

Mr. Epp and the Calculations:

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Oh, Calcutta!
May 27, 2015 6:56pm

Loved their 1st, 2nd albums. Great rock wailer. Should give it up at that age.

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May 28, 2015 12:46pm

Mark Arm put a Pharoah Sanders album in his Baker's Dozen?! Just when I thought the guy couldn't get any cooler!

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Me & Mrs. Epp
May 28, 2015 3:36pm

Nick references = Cave, pull down thy vanity you fucking simp

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Tim Tracy
May 28, 2015 4:38pm

Here's a spotify playlist with all of the albums. Enjoy!

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Jun 5, 2015 11:01am


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Jun 17, 2015 11:54am

but wasn.t sterlin morrison in the bizarros when he quit the velvets.either that or a bar band called the bizarros from texas

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