Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner join Pearl Jam onstage for “Kick Out the Jams” last night in Seattle. (Song starts around the 12-minute mark.)
When we slowed down, that quirkiness manifested itself in a sort of prog rock sort of quality. I remember when ‘Badmotorfinger’ came out, and I remember Mark [Arm] from Mudhoney said, ‘Hey man, I just heard “Badmotorfinger.”’ I’m all, ‘What do you think?’ [Laughs] And he’s like, ‘Fuck, it sounds like Rush!’
With Soundgarden, working with Steve Albini never came up. But if someone had pursued a relationship with Albini or someone had asked if we were interested, we certainly would have been. Also, I had caught wind early on that Steve was not a fan of Soundgarden or Nirvana. I won’t explain how I came to that, but let’s just say I saw a letter. But that was early on. I think [Nirvana’s] ‘Love Buzz’ had come out, or maybe Bleach. But Albini was not a fan of either band. Anyways, I don’t think the guys in Nirvana read that letter!
Look what came in the mail today: an advance copy of the Soundgarden Screaming Life/Fopp reissue from Sub Pop. The promo booklet features words from producer Jack Endino.
How could anyone come out with a bad idea when it’s three other guys laughing and saying, ‘What the fuck is that?’ It’s not possible for us to do a bad record. Here’s how it’s possible to have a bad record: You got one jackass who runs the whole thing, and a bunch of guys they hire around them… If you’ve got a band where one guy calls the shots, that band is gonna suck.
Today KEXP is partnering with Sub Pop for a Silver Jubilee broadcast featuring Mudhoney performing atop the Space Needle. Go to the KEXP site to watch, or just listen to, the broadcast live. Here’s the day’s schedule (all times are Pacific):
11:00am: Interview with Jonathan Poneman and Megan Jasper
12:00pm: Live broadcast begins with John and Kevin at the Space Needle
12:30pm: Interview with Jack Endino
01:00pm: Sera Cahoone live performance
01:30pm: Interview with Charles Peterson
02:15pm: Interview with Kim Thayil
03:00pm: J Mascis live performance
04:00pm: Interview with Bruce Pavitt
05:00pm: Mudhoney live performance
Will Soundgarden Play Sub Pop’s 25th Birthday Bash? It does look like Tad Doyle is yelling “Soundgarden!” in the event’s promo video. I can’t tell who the other “inaudible” acts are (they may well be saying nonsense words).
Any talented lip-readers (or audio engineers) out there who can determine the identities of the other mystery acts?
Grunge elder statesmen Mark Arm, Kim Thayil, Tad Doyle and Jack Endino formally announce Sub Pop’s free 25th anniversary concert, in Seattle July 13.
The Silver Jubilee lineup so far: Mudhoney, J Mascis, Greg Dulli, Pissed Jeans, Shabbazz Palaces (with THEESatisfaction), Baptist Generals, Shearwater, Father John Misty.
Not announced on the video, but confirmed to perform: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and Endino’s Earthworm. (More TBA.)
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