With Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Mudhoney went back to basics and turned conventional wisdom on its head. Not for the first time - and not for the last - they were to be proved right. A month after its release in July 1991, the album entered the UK album chart at number 34 (five weeks later, Nirvana's Nevermind entered at number 36) and sold 75,000 copies worldwide. A more meaningful measure of success, however, lay in the band's revitalisation, which set a touchstone for the future.
The record is an important chapter in the history of Mudhoney, whose moral is: when in doubt, fudge it. The album began at Music Source Studio, a large room equipped with a 24-track mixing console - downright futuristic compared to the 8-track setup that spawned the band's catalytic debut, Touch Me I'm Sick, in 1988. The Music Source session quickly became a false start when the result sounded, in guitarist Steve Turner's words, "a little too fancy and too clean." The band learned their lesson and set to work with Conrad Uno's 8-track setup at Egg Studio. Named after the cardboard boxes stuck to the walls in an optimistic attempt at soundproofing, the Egg featured a Spectra Sonics 8-track recording console from the 1960s, originally built for Stax in Memphis. This is how Mudhoney came to record Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge in the spring of 1991.
The resulting album is a whirlwind of the band's influences at the time: the wild 60s garage rock of their Pacific Northwest predecessors The Sonics and The Lollipop Shoppe, the grinding post-hardcore of Drunks With Guns, the heavy guitar tunings of Neil Young, the lysergic workouts of Spacemen 3 and Hawkwind, the gritty existentialism of Zounds and the satirical savagery of 80s hardcore punk. The quartet's particular alchemy ensured that these affectionate homages never slipped into pastiche.
Ultimately, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge embodies the best of Mudhoney: here was a band that went back to its purest instincts and reinvented itself in the process. This 30th anniversary edition, remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, is a testament to the creative thrust that drove the band during this period. The album sessions produced a lot of material that later appeared on B-sides, compilations and split singles. This edition contains all those tracks and a number of previously.
- Classic album from 1991, remastered and expanded with rare and previously unreleased tracks. - Extensive liner notes by band biographer Keith Cameron.
- The album is considered a milestone of the grunge era.