Jack Endino plays “1000 Smiling Knuckles,” by his old band Skin Yard, at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee.
The Seattle Times: Grunge producer Jack Endino steps out of the studio
Is there an act [Endino] hasn’t produced that he would like to work with?
“Pearl Jam,” he says, pausing for effect. “But I don’t think they need me.”
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.)
Poster for Soundgarden, Skin Yard, Coffin Break, Bitch Magnet, et al., at Portland’s Pine Street Theatre, February 26, 1988
JACK ENDINO (Skin Yard guitarist) There was a little bit of weirdness with Sub Pop, because Skin Yard was not a band that they felt was appropriate for the label, and it wasn’t hard to see why—we were a little too metal. But strangely enough, our bass player, Daniel, wound up working for them for a couple years. It used to drive Daniel nuts that he couldn’t get his own band onto the label, but I stayed the hell out of this because I was still recording all the records for Sub Pop.
DANIEL HOUSE (Skin Yard bassist) When I first started working there, it was Bruce [Pavitt], Jon [Poneman], and me. Charles Peterson had been there earlier and a couple people would come and go. Bruce seemed to have almost contempt for Skin Yard. He hated Ben’s singing. Too melodramatic. He felt like there were elements of our music, the prog- rock elements, that were anti-everything that his label was trying to establish. Jon liked our band. And he actually tried to push Bruce to put us out, but Bruce wouldn’t budge. They eventually put out a Skin Yard seven-inch to just shut everybody up, or at least that’s how I saw it.
Excerpted from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge. Order info here.