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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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Tales Of Terror - Tales Of Terror
Tales Of Terror were this band from Sacramento. Unfortunately this record hasn't physically been reissued yet. They came through Seattle and played a show. It was random, nobody had heard of them, they hadn't got a record out. It was at an all-ages venue where you'd just go for something to do and this band came on and destroyed the place. And this was probably around '84 so at that point I was kind of looking for other things besides hardcore, which I was much more into a year or two previously.

Green River had started at this point and I was trying to do something a bit differently, and this band came out and among the covers they played they did 'Search and Destroy' and 'Spanish Castle Magic' and everyone in the band was just an awesome, crazed musician. The singer would do backflips and land on his feet and by the end of the set all of them except for the drummer were wrapped up in cords. Somehow they all got tangled up and it didn't seem like something pre-planned, it was the natural course of events for that particular show. They were just wild, wild dudes and unfortunately a couple of them are dead now, and one of them is severely debilitated due to too much drugs, which is kind of a bummer.

They were the kind of people who were just up for everything and they'd push whatever boundaries and envelopes there were. Supposedly they would carry a blender with them and they'd just put whatever in the blender. They'd go to someone's house, find the alcohol and weird shit from the fridge and put it in and then they'd drink it. I even heard they would put dirt in it. I don't know if that's true, it seems a little over the top. They were a great band that unfortunately only lasted for one record.

The only flaw of that record is that it starts off with a cover of 'Hound Dog' but once they kick into their own songs after that it's a fantastic fucking record. It's really super loose. The record seems like you can almost hear them getting drunker and drunker as everything continues. Green River covered one of their songs from that record - a song called 'Ozzie' - we didn't do it nearly as good but... we did it.

They were a big influence in our approach to live performance. Unfortunately I don't have the limberness and the wherewithal to do that now. There was one crazy Mudhoney show at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London where everybody tried to fit up on stage.

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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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