Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles



by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
January 16th, 2007 | 15 replies | 8,549 views

Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mudhoney put together a compilation of early singles, covers and an EP. While the first half is a piece of grunge brilliance, the second half falls flat on it's ass.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The term ‘grunge’ is used quite frequently nowadays. From modern bands like Seether, to their influences such as Nirvana. The word is used to describe raw, dirty-sounding hard rock and bands that came from the original Seattle scene. When people discuss what band successfully started ‘grunge’, it is usually the most popular choice Nirvana. This is the casual listener’s opinion. While they did popularize it and feed it to millions of angst-filled teenagers worldwide through adding on catchy hooks and choruses to the aggressive sound the genre had, they certainly weren’t the first ones to do this. Dinosaur Jr. and our main subject Mudhoney are generally considered the true pioneers of the sound (while Mudhoney owing themselves to Mark Arm‘s first band Green River). Both bands are aggressive in the tone of their music but are still melodious and aren’t afraid of catchy choruses.

Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles is a compilation consisting of the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP and a mix of b-sides and two covers. The title is taken from the fuzz pedals the band use to give them their signature sound (Super Fuzz and Big Muff Pi pedals). “Touch Me I’m Sick” is probably the song most people notice Mudhoney for (it was also the first single Sub-Pop released) with “Sweet Young Thing Ain’t Sweet No More” as it’s respected B-side. Burn It Clean is a B-side from the “You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face)”. The album also plays host of two covers, one being Sonic Youth’s “Halloween” and the other being The Dicks’ “Hate The Police”. The rest of the album is simply the EP Superfuzz Bigmuff.

This album is a complete love and hate for me. Everything up to Halloween is superb material but sadly, the EP on the album seems a lot more to be desired. It’s plain and boring from what I can hear and since this takes up most of the album, the score is chopped off quite a bit. The first half is great though. Mark shouting “Touch me I’m sick! Fuck me I’m sick!” is orgasmic but it doesn’t stop there, his vocals are quite the highlight of the album. From his sneering vocals in “Sweet Young Thing Ain’t Sweet No More” to his out of key vocal stretches on “Burn It Clean”, his vocals can never falter. It is an acquired taste and depends on what you look for in the vocals. I like vocals that are aggressive and raspy and Mark seems to accomplish that. The guitars blast out a lot of fuzzy but purely rock and roll guitar riffs while Dan Peters is pounding away on the kit in the background. As I mentioned earlier, the first side is perfect. The two covers are great, “Halloween” is extremely humorous while “Hate The Police” is the perfect anti-social song. The compilation’s downfall is the EP, from here to the end the CD drops quite a bit of quality. Everything becomes bland and nothing sticks out (though this is up to you to decide).

Superfuzz Bigmuff is a bit of a misnomer. On the one hand, it’s great for a while but on the other, this is wearisome and contains no redeeming features apart from the first half or so of the record. This is generally targeted towards the casual Mudhoney beginner who doesn’t care enough about the band to actually obtain the singles and the EP by it’s own. This is really a matter of personal choice, it’s worth a download but it will never be worth my money.

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January 16th 2007


Pos'd for the lacking of suckiness.

January 16th 2007


Why thank you.

Not quite satisfied with it but it's probably due to my normal weekday tiredness. The weekend are always best for review writing This Message Edited On 01.16.07

January 16th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

I got this for Christmas, I really like it so it' probably about a 4 for me. Anyway, good review.

king sandbox
January 16th 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

The review's not bad, deserves a much higher score though. The singles are great but the EP itself is brilliant too. "If I Think" and "Mudride" are as good as any of the singles and just listen to "In 'n' out of grace". If your ears are functioning properly you'll realise that it's one of the best songs to come out of Seattle!!

Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2007


The review's not bad, deserves a much higher score though.

If your ears are functioning properly you'll realise that it's one of the best songs to come out of Seattle!!

don't be a fag plz

January 16th 2007


This review could be much improved upon, as you know you kinda trailed off abit and your verdict was inconsistent with comments you made earlier. "No redeeming features" yet you described a track as "orgasmic" - when you get more time I'm sure you could vastly improve this as you seem to know what your talking about with the history of Grunge - as for the CD it is an essential for fans of the Seattle scene - all very good tracks

Two-Headed Boy
January 16th 2007


Album Rating: 2.5

I completely agree with you.

Danger Bird
January 17th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

Mudhoney's fantastic.

The Jungler
May 6th 2007


If I Think is a good song, despite being a stone cold Dino Jr rip-off, Touch Me I'm Sick is just annoying though. I can't wait to hear Sonic Youth cover it, that could be cool.
I don't know why I've never heard any Mudhoney, I don't know if I ever will.

May 13th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

Touch Me I'm Sick is just annoying though.

May 16th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

thats terrible, how can u honestly say the first part of the album is superior to the second? In N ' out of grace is probably the best song on there! Mudride is also the perfect ending!

"I don't know why I've never heard any Mudhoney, I don't know if I ever will" so how do u know touch me i'm sick is annoying? u should at least listen to a band before u pass some sort of judgement

January 28th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0


Digging: Bedhead - WhatFunLifeWas

January 28th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0


March 29th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

all this grunge talk and no mudhoney you ballbags

March 29th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0


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