Bust Out Your Flannel, Kids, It’s Mudhoney in Concert

Mark Arm, lead singer of Mudhoney

Kurt Cobain used to wear a T-shirt that said “Grunge is dead.” But if you saw Mudhoney—who ushered in grunge rock in the late 1980s with their EP “Superfuzz Bigmuff”—at the Rock and Roll Hotel last Monday night, you’d have to agree that it’s still alive and moaning.

Opening band The Points took the stage a little before 9. Their performance was only memorable for the drummer’s mountain-man beard and the audience’s embarrassingly lukewarm reaction to the set—and for the bleeding eardrums that resulted from their failed attempt to play music. The Cynics, who were too old for their own good, opened next. They warmed up the crowd with their old school garage rock tunes, getting everyone prepared for the moshing and madness that were Mudhoney.

I’ll admit, I was expecting a diluted version of Nirvana to limp onto the stage, but Mudhoney delivered loud, raucous songs that were played with plenty of passion, despite some of the most famous ones being almost 20 years old. Lead singer Mark Arm was sweating and hollering all the way through the set. Mudhoney opened with the Mudhoney/Nirvana tune “The Money Will Roll Right In,” moved on to some of their newer songs (yes, they’re still making albums), and then went back to some of their old classics.

The crowd responded with swells of enthusiasm. A diverse group that included grandparents, office workers, and plenty of twenty-somethings got pretty rowdy in the mosh pit during “Touch Me, I’m Sick,” “Into the Drink” and “Here Comes Sickness“.

The concert ended with a long-winded encore—six songs total—but Mudhoney proved that they’re still keeping crowds pleased and carrying the torch of great grunge music. After all, Kurt Cobain and his t-shirt couldn’t be right about everything.

5 Comments on “Bust Out Your Flannel, Kids, It’s Mudhoney in Concert

  1. Emily,
    Kinda sounds like you don’t know much about the band you’ve been sent to review – which is fair enough I guess. But lame comments like ‘I’ll admit, I was expecting a diluted version of Nirvana to limp onto the stage’ strikes me like you’ve read chapters 1-4 of Alt Rock 1988-1994 and given up bored? So Mudhoney come from the Pacific Notrh West and are old, so must sound like Nirvana yeah? Lame assed references to K Cobain. Yawn… you make a rock show sound like a chore…. give it up if you feel above it or don’t ‘get it’.
    This is a rubbish, lazy, age-ist excuse for a live review.
    Thanks

  2. Will/Jim, I think her whole point is that she doesn’t have “grunge cred” and was pleasantly surprised by how awesome Mudhoney was because she had no idea what to expect.

    And for someone unfamiliar with Mudhoney beyond the fact that it was one of Cobain’s favorite bands and one of the fathers of grunge, I don’t think it’s an unreasonable expectation that they might sound a bit like nirvana. Though diluted? huh? what does diluted mean when referring to music?

  3. I’ll take the hit on that one, because I’m pretty sure it was my editing that put in diluted. You know, watered-down.

    You make a good point, Alex. I don’t know grunge either, and when I think grunge I think Nirvana, too.

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