April 16th, 2014


This blog is suddenly trending—probably as a result of my zealous coverage of Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction—so I figured I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself to all my new followers.

Hello, people! My name is Mark Yarm, and I’m the author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. (BTW, I am not Mark Arm of Mudhoney—people think I’m kidding when I throw that out there, but the name thing has caused some confusion over the years.) I cover all things grunge (not just Nirvana) on this blog. I’m currently a freelance writer for magazines like Wired and Rolling Stone, so I also share my non-grunge writing on here from time to time.

Hope you enjoy! Be sure to peruse the extensive archive. And, while you’re at it, why not pick up a copy of the book? A Finnish edition just came out, and a Chinese version is on the way. Plus, a deal’s in the works for another foreign-language translation, the details of which I will reveal soon.

Finally, please like the ELOT Facebook page and follow me (@markyarm) on Twitter. Thanks!

April 15th, 2014

Enter this contest to win Soundgarden’s Superunknown 20th anniversary super-deluxe CD box set and an autographed 2-LP vinyl set.

Also, enter to win a copy of music journalist Keith Cameron’s new Mudhoney book (and a poster) here.

April 11th, 2014

Hey, look! It’s the Finnish version of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, as displayed by Mika, who runs this Mudhoney site.

Buy it here.

April 10th, 2014

Three Nirvana drummers and Jack Endino walk into a Barclays. From left to right: Dan Peters (Mudhoney), Endino, Dale Crover (Melvins) and Chad Channing (Before Cars), gathered for Nirvana’s Rock Hall of Fame induction.

(Source: twitter.com)

April 9th, 2014

The Section About Nirvana From Chuck Klosterman’s Grantland Story on Kiss

This Thursday, Nirvana will also be inducted into the Rock Hall, in their first year of eligibility. (It was the 15th try for Kiss.) No one disputes the validity of this inauguration. Coincidentally, a pre-famous Nirvana covered a Kiss song in 1990, performing “Do You Love Me” on a compilation titled Hard to Believe. Nirvana historians care about this because it’s one of the only Nirvana recordings for which forgotten ex-guitarist Jason Everman plays in the studio; Kiss historians care about it because it gives credence to the theory that Kiss directly influenced Nirvana (and should therefore be credited as rightful progenitors of grunge, not unlike Black Sabbath and Neil Young). I’m not sure how sincerely one can take the latter claim, since (1) Nirvana seem to be making fun of the song as they play it, and (2) it was often impossible to differentiate between what Kurt Cobain liked and what he mocked, and it was sometimes hard to tell whether Cobain’s mockery had any relationship to his actual feelings. (Kiss are also Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready’s favorite band, which might have been enough to make Cobain hate them at the time.) My gut feeling is that Nirvana covered “Do You Love Me” because they thought it was comically masculine. But there’s one moment in their cover version that I always think about: It’s when the singer is directly addressing the song’s female antagonist, an opportunistic groupie obsessed with the trappings of fame and success. Among the various things she likes is “All the money, honey, that I make.” But Nirvana were singing this song in 1990, when they were broke and unknown. This being the case, they changed the words: Instead, they sing, “All the Mudhoney that I make.” Which, I suppose, was intended as a funny little in-joke for Mark Arm not to laugh at. But 24 years later, it feels different. When I hear it today, it seems like Nirvana were both fascinated and amused by Kiss; it seems like they liked the structure of the song, viewed the lyrical details as ironic, and enjoyed the process of recording it. But the idea of directly talking about how rich they were — even before they actually were rich — was just too unnerving for them to accept and replicate, even sardonically. It was so counter to what they valued (or — more accurately — what they aspired to value) that they felt more comfortable making a joke about the word “honey.”

They couldn’t even force themselves to pretend to talk like the band they were pretending to honor.

Read the whole thing here.

April 9th, 2014


Weird and awesome Mudhoney/Rick Moranis fan art from the mind of @Shortcircuit2.

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April 3rd, 2014

Another Charles Peterson Nirvana photo, this one from the 1990 Motorsports International Garage show. (Can you spot Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Gas Huffer’s Joe Newton in the audience?) Read Billboard’s new Q&A with the photographer here.

March 25th, 2014


Rare Memorabilia: The ‘Reading Festival’ shirt featuring Nirvana and other acts from ‘92.

It seems incredible to me that the Wonder Stuff were once big enough to headline Reading. Also: E.M.F.!

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March 20th, 2014
March 18th, 2014


New photo of Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain and Dan Peters, 1990.

Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters, who was replaced by Dave Grohl in Nirvana, will attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as a guest of Nirvana’s. However, he will not be inducted.

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Official Tumblr for Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. (Now in paperback; purchase info here.) The blog is run by the author, freelance writer/editor Mark Yarm; he is of no relation to Mark Arm of Mudhoney.