The New Original Sonic Sound (a Sonics tribute band featuring members of Mudhoney, Girl Trouble, the Tom Price Desert Classic and the Young Fresh Fellows) play a benefit for Norton Records at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern Sunday night. (Photo by Cathy Rundell)
Excerpt from Spin.com’s How J Mascis Almost Joined Nirvana (Twice!) and Built to Spill:
“Nirvana was playing Maxwell’s and after the show I was talking to Kurt and [Sonic Youth’s] Thurston Moore,” Mascis says, referring to Nirvana’s date at the famed Hoboken, New Jersey venue on July 13, 1989. “Kurt said, ‘you should join my band.’ I think he was sick of the guy Jason [Everman] who was in the band at the time, and thought I should play guitar. I didn’t think much about it. Later, there was also talk of playing drums on a single [1990’s ‘Sliver’] they were doing, but it ended up being [Mudhoney drummer] Dan Peters.”
In this deleted scene from the forthcoming Mudhoney documentary I’m Now, drummer Dan Peters discusses the band’s cameo in the Chris Farley comedy Black Sheep.
Mudhoney on a European ferry (after a few drinks), August 1990. Clockwise from left: Steve Turner, Mark Arm, Matt Lukin and Dan Peters. (Photo © Bob Whittaker) One of the many rare pix in Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, out in paperback today! Get it at your local bookseller or order online.
Something I’d learned was that you can’t drink beer and play Melvins stuff. It just isn’t going to work out. What was so great about the first Mudhoney practice was that I downed a 12-pack and was still able to play through the songs. I’m like, Oh, this is easy! Although it wasn’t as easy as I thought, because I remember at one point Mark was complaining, “How can you and Dan [Peters] not get this? It’s the simplest thing, and you both come from bands that play intricate stuff.
When your name is Mudhoney, you tend to get things like mud thrown at you when it’s raining out. Onstage [at the ‘92 Reading Festival], Mark [Arm] was pelted in the face with a big mud ball by somebody who he had taunted and teased: ‘You guys don’t play baseball—you throw like a bunch of pussies.’ Got hit squarely in the face. Good times.
“There was also a [TAD] song, ‘Behemoth,’ that was about being attacked and beat up. Tad and I and a few other friends had taken acid, and we were walking down a street in the U District in Seattle, and we got jumped and attacked by a bunch of guys. These guys were Samoan, some of them were black, and they were all wearing these weightlifting belts, walking on the street looking for frat boys to beat up. But what they found was just a bunch of drunk punk-rock type dudes with long hair. They took [Mudhoney’s] Dan Peters and threw him through a glass door.” —Kurt Danielson, TAD bassist