Superfuzz Bigmuff

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Superfuzz Bigmuff
EP by Mudhoney
Released October 1988
Recorded 1988 at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle, Washington
Genre Grunge
Length 22:25
Label Sub Pop
Producer Jack Endino
Mudhoney chronology
Superfuzz Bigmuff
(1988)
Boiled Beef & Rotting Teeth
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (9.1/10)[3]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[4]

Superfuzz Bigmuff is the debut EP by the Seattle grunge band Mudhoney. It was released in October 1988 through record label Sub Pop. The album was later re-released in 1990 in the form of Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles. Along with their sophomore album Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, it was included in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In its review, Jamie Gonzalo called it "sexy, smart, humorous and hard", as well as writing "[Mudhoney] emerged from the underground with this mischievous workout, achieving tense and dramatic musical structures with Turner's scalping guitars, Mark Arm's angry vocals, Matt Lukin's mighty bass and Dan Peters' propulsive drums."[5] Kurt Cobain listed the EP in his top fifty albums of all time.[6][7]

Album information[edit]

The album was named after two of the band's favorite guitar effects pedals: the Univox Super-Fuzz and the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, which helped to provide the band's signature "dirty" sound.

The cover artwork is a photograph of frontman Mark Arm (left) and guitarist Steve Turner (right) performing live by photographer Charles Peterson. Other artwork on the album includes more photos of the band performing and them posing topless.[8]

During initial release, the EP sold incredibly poorly (even by Sub Pop standards), however it has since been acknowledged as one of the seminal records of the Seattle scene. In mid-2008 the EP charted at #25 on the UK Indie Album Chart, a peak for the EP, twenty years after its release.

"In 'n' Out of Grace" opens with a sample of the eulogy from Peter Fonda's character in the 1966 movie The Wild Angels, saying "We wanna be free to do what we wanna do…"; the same sample was later used on Primal Scream's's song "Loaded".[9]

Track listing[edit]

Original Release (1988)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mudhoney[10]

No. Title Length
1. "Need"   3:01
2. "Chain That Door"   1:51
3. "Mudride"   5:43
4. "No One Has"   3:26
5. "If I Think"   3:37
6. "In 'n' Out of Grace"   5:28

Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles (1990)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mudhoney except where noted[11]

No. Title Length
1. "Touch Me I'm Sick"   2:35
2. "Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More"   3:46
3. "Hate the Police" (The Dicks) 2:08
4. "Burn It Clean"   3:00
5. "You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face)"   2:53
6. "Halloween" (Sonic Youth) 6:12
7. "No One Has"   3:26
8. "If I Think"   3:37
9. "In 'n' Out of Grace"   5:28
10. "Need"   3:00
11. "Chain That Door"   1:51
12. "Mudride"   5:43

Deluxe Edition (2008)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mudhoney except where noted[12]

  • On Disc 2, tracks 1–9 are live in Berlin, 10 October 1988, and tracks 10–15 are live on KCSB-FM, Santa Barbara, 16 November 1988.

Personnel[edit]

Mudhoney
Technical personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ http://www.blender.com/guide/reissue/55095/superfuzz-bigmuff-deluxe-edition.html[dead link]
  3. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/11680-superfuzz-bigmuff-deluxe-editionthe-lucky-ones/
  4. ^ "Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 
  5. ^ Dimery, Robert (2009). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Octopus Publishing Group, London. p. 589. ISBN 9781844036240. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]". Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4. 
  8. ^ Superfuzz....liner notes
  9. ^ Screamadelica#Musicology and samples
  10. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Mudhoney-Superfuzz-Bigmuff/release/833064 Superfuzz Bigmuff Original Track listing Discogs
  11. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Mudhoney-Superfuzz-Bigmuff-Plus-Early-Singles/master/30019 Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Singles Track listing Discogs
  12. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Mudhoney-Superfuzz-Bigmuff/release/1698667 Superfuzz Bigmuff Deluxe Track listing Discogs

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