TITLE: Superfuzz Bigmuff
YEAR RELEASED: 1988
CHART ACTION: #3 UK Indie
SINGLES: It was a six-song EP
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: In ‘n’ Out of Grace (on the original version). Touch Me I’m Sick, You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face) on the expanded version.
LINEUP: Mark Arm, Steve Turner, Matt Lukin, Dan Peters
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Does the Sub Pop / grunge story start here? Maybe!
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The original version of Superfuzz Bigmuff was decent. The six songs displayed Mudhoney’s love for distortion and volume were present, and the closing cut, “In ‘n’ Out of Grace”, starting with dialogue by Peter Fonda from The Wild Angels, may be the genesis of grunge as we know it.
Mudhoney was formed from cobbled together pieces of bands that had gone south (Green River, Bundle of Hiss) and the former bassist for the Melvins, and their love of rock, punk and noise are quite evident here.
The EP became legendary in Seattle circles, then the expanded edition cemented Mudhoney’s fame as THE grunge band. It also established Jack Endino as THE grunge producer.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The name comes from two effects pedals: The Univox Super-Fuzz and the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: In 1990, Sub Pop added their early singles like “Touch Me I’m Sick” and “You Got It” to the album, making it a full 12-track CD instead of a six-song EP. There’s now a larger version with more studio cuts, demos and live cuts.
GRADE: A-: Mudhoney’s never been consistent, but when they’re on, they’re on, and the expanded versions showcase their influential dirty sound.