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Puddle of Mudd

One of the major beneficiaries of the third wave of post-grunge in the early 21st century, Puddle of Mudd's debut album Come Clean sold a staggering five million copies on the back of singles 'Blurry,' 'Control' and the monster hit 'She Hates Me.

Contrary to popular perception, Puddle of Mudd's roots stretch back to the early 90s when singer/guitarist Wes Scantlin formed a band inspired by the emerging heroes of the grunge movement: Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains (with whom he performed a number of songs at 2005's Tsunami Benefit). In fact, the group's detract ...read more

One of the major beneficiaries of the third wave of post-grunge in the early 21st century, Puddle of Mudd's debut album Come Clean sold a staggering five million copies on the back of singles 'Blurry,' 'Control' and the monster hit 'She Hates Me.

Contrary to popular perception, Puddle of Mudd's roots stretch back to the early 90s when singer/guitarist Wes Scantlin formed a band inspired by the emerging heroes of the grunge movement: Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains (with whom he performed a number of songs at 2005's Tsunami Benefit). In fact, the group's detractors often accuse them of being talentless derivatives, citing the considerable similarities in style and delivery to bands like Nirvana. Scantlin's vocals in particular resemble Cobain's to a large extent.

Criticisms aside, five million sales of a debut album is no easy feat, and Scantlin couldn't have achieved it without band members Paul Phillips (guitar), Douglas Ardito (bass) and Greg Upchurch (drums). Their follow-up, Life On Display failed to produce a single as successful as the profanity-laden 'She Hates Me' but the moderate success 'Away With Me' did propell the album to 600,000 copies sold.

As contemporaries Nickelback continue to soar from strength to strength, it appears Puddle of Mudd's days as pop sensations may be numbered, and the departures in 2005 of Paul Phillips and Greg Upchurch (who joined 3 Doors Down) have hurt the band further. Nonetheless, Puddle of Mudd is currently working on a third album, due this year. « hide

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Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate
2009

2.2
65 Votes
Famous
2007

2.6
113 Votes
Life On Display
2003

2.6
120 Votes
Come Clean
2001

2.8
337 Votes
Abrasive
1997

3.2
13 Votes
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Stuck
1994

3.4
4 Votes
Compilations
Re: (Disc)overed
2011

3
5 Votes

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