Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1991/2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (1991/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:24:06 minutes | 1,73 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sub Pop Records

Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition. By going back to basics with Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Mudhoney flipped conventional wisdom. Not for the first time – or the last – they would be vindicated. A month after release in July 1991, the album entered the UK album chart at Number 34 (five weeks later, Nirvana’s Nevermind entered at 36) and went on to sell 75,000 copies worldwide. A more meaningful measure of success, however, lay in it’s revitalization of the band, casting a touchstone for the future. The record is a major chapter in Mudhoney’s ongoing story, the moral of which has to be: when in doubt, fudge it. This 30th anniversary edition, remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, stands as testimony to the creative surge that drove them in this period. The album sessions yielded a clutch of material that would subsequently appear on B-sides, compilations, and split-singles. This edition includes all those tracks, and a slew of previously unreleased songs, including the entire five-track Music Source session.

In mid-1991, grunge was poised to make its entrance into the spotlight of global popular culture as Nirvana’s Nevermind was being readied for release. But Mudhoney didn’t know that as they began work on their second album, and they were starting to tire of the monolithic hard rock/metal side of their sound. Taking a detour back into the garage rock and early punk influences that meant as much to them as Blue Cheer, they booked time in Conrad Uno’s cozy eight-track recording facility Egg Studio, and soon emerged with Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, a proudly stripped-down and wiry effort that appeared two months before Nevermind. If 1989’s Mudhoney seemed a bit short of inspiration as the band figured out where to go after the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP, EGBDF was leaner, meaner, and a great deal more enthusiastic, and “Let It Slide,” “Into the Drink,” and “Who You Drivin’ Now” took the noisy report of “Touch Me, I’m Sick” and gave it a good bit more snarl and rattle, which worked strongly in their favor. EGBDF also sounded like Mudhoney were having more fun than on their first long-player; the lo-fi organ accents fit this music just right, Mark Arm’s vocal howlings are gleeful snottiness personified, Steve Turner’s gloriously dirty guitar solos were paeans of scuzziness from deep inside the soul, and Matt Lukin and Dan Peters were the perfect rhythm section for this music. The songwriting was also considerably stronger than on their previous LP, and just as the rockers at once stomped harder and seemed lighter on their feet, slower tunes like “Broken Hands” and “Check Out Time” dug deeper into their bluesy side and revealed how strong their ominous alter ego could be. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge was Mudhoney’s declaration that they didn’t need grunge to survive, and if their timing proved to be a bit off, their musical instincts were faultless, and it’s one of their very best albums. – Mark Deming

01. Mudhoney – Generation Genocide
02. Mudhoney – Let It Slide
03. Mudhoney – Good Enough
04. Mudhoney – Something So Clear
05. Mudhoney – Thorn
06. Mudhoney – Into the Drink
07. Mudhoney – Broken Hands
08. Mudhoney – Who You Drivin’ Now?
09. Mudhoney – Move Out
10. Mudhoney – Shoot the Moon
11. Mudhoney – Fuzzgun ’91
12. Mudhoney – Pokin’ Around
13. Mudhoney – Don’t Fade IV
14. Mudhoney – Check-Out Time
15. Mudhoney – March to Fuzz
16. Mudhoney – Ounce of Deception
17. Mudhoney – Paperback Life (alternate version)
18. Mudhoney – Fuzzbuster
19. Mudhoney – Bushpusher Man
20. Mudhoney – Flowers for Industry
21. Mudhoney – Thorn (1st attempt)
22. Mudhoney – Overblown
23. Mudhoney – March From Fuzz
24. Mudhoney – You’re Gone
25. Mudhoney – Something So Clear (24-track demo)
26. Mudhoney – Bushpusher Man (24-track demo)
27. Mudhoney – Pokin’ Around (24-track demo)
28. Mudhoney – Check-Out Time (24-track demo)
29. Mudhoney – Generation Genocide (24-track demo)