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Mother Love Bone

Mother Love Bone was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1988. The band was active from 1988 to 1990. Flamboyant frontman Andrew Wood’s personality and compositions helped to catapult the group to the top of the burgeoning late 1980s/early 1990s Seattle music scene. Tragically, Wood died only days before the release of the band’s debut album, Apple. Though the band received countless accolades from the press and their peers, their career was cut short.

Both Gossard and Ament had previously been members of Seattle garage rockers Green River (a group th ...read more

Mother Love Bone was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1988. The band was active from 1988 to 1990. Flamboyant frontman Andrew Wood’s personality and compositions helped to catapult the group to the top of the burgeoning late 1980s/early 1990s Seattle music scene. Tragically, Wood died only days before the release of the band’s debut album, Apple. Though the band received countless accolades from the press and their peers, their career was cut short.

Both Gossard and Ament had previously been members of Seattle garage rockers Green River (a group that also included future Mudhoney members Mark Arm and Steve Turner), and upon the group’s breakup in 1988, the guitarist and bassist stuck together, looking to form a group more a kin to the arena rockers of their youth (Kiss, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Queen, etc.). Joining Gossard and Ament was drummer Greg Gilmore, second guitarist Bruce Fairweather, and the aforementioned Wood on vocals. Wood (who was previously known as Landrew the Love Child as a member of another Seattle outfit, Malfunkshun) was the complete opposite of the prototypical Seattle frontman as he patterned his look and vocal style after such renowned frontmen as Freddie Mercury, Paul Stanley, and Marc Bolan. But although the group had a few similarities to the then-flourishing glam metal scene, the group’s sound was tougher and more rooted in classic rock than their soon-to-be disposable glam contemporaries. « hide

Similar Bands: Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Malfunkshun, Skin Yard

LPs
Apple
1990

4
129 Votes
EPs
Shine
1989

3.7
36 Votes
Compilations
Mother Love Bone
1992

4
92 Votes

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