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Mudhoney Biography

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Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, United States
Years Active: 1988–present
Genres: Grunge, Punk Blues, Alternative Rock, Garage Punk

Mudhoney is an American alternative rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1988. Following the demise of Green River, Mudhoney's members include vocalist and rhythm guitarist Mark Arm, lead guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Guy Maddison, and drummer Dan Peters. Original bassist Matt Lukin left the band in 1999 but briefly returned in December 2000 to complete touring obligations. Mudhoney were influential in the Seattle music scene, and helped inspire the dirty, high-distortion sound that would characterize grunge. Mudhoney were also notable for their mixing of heavy blues rock and punk rock.

The band signed with Sub Pop and released the “Superfuzz Bigmuff” EP in 1988 and their debut album “Mudhoney” in 1989. 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.

Their second LP, “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge,” was issued by Sub Pop in 1991. The album was named after a mnemonic used by music students to recall the notes (EGBDF) on the lines of the treble clef.

The band then signed with Reprise Records and released its third full-length album “Piece Of Cake” in 1992. Before being dropped from the label, Mudhoney released two more albums, 1995’s “My Brother the Cow” and 1998’s “Tomorrow Hit Today.”

Subsequently the band signed again with Sub Pop in 2000 issuing “Since We've Become Translucent” in 2002. Four years later 2006's “Under a Billion Suns” was released, followed in 2008 by “The Lucky Ones,” which garnered little attention.