10 Lesser Known Grunge Albums You Should Own

Mother Love Bone - Shine (Stardog/Mercury, 1989)

Joined by mercurial frontman Andrew Wood (ex-Malfunkshun) and drummer Greg Gilmore (ex-Ten Minute Warning), Messrs Gossard, Ament and Fairweather (all former members of Green River) signed to major label Mercury and released this EP, produced by Mark Dearnley who’d worked with UK bar-room rockers Dogs D’Amour. Three rough and ready sleaze-rock tracks are followed by eight-minute-plus Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns, the latter underlining Mother Love Bone’s progressive ambitions. Their debut album, Apple, was in the can when, in March 1990, singer Wood died of a heroin overdose. The album was released posthumously, Gossard and Amern channelling their grief as they wrote material for their next band, Pearl Jam.

“It was a time when people just found each other. There was this support network locally and across the country,” says Krist Novoselic reflecting on the American underground scene that helped define Nirvana’s aesthetic, outlook and sound.

Now back with his new band, Giants In The Trees, the bass player continues to adhere to the punk principles which he and Kurt Cobain so admired as teenagers growing up in Aberdeen, Washington, in the mid-‘80s.

“It was [Melvins frontman] Buzz Osborne who introduced me to punk rock. He told me ‘There’s this whole scene. It’s different.’ That was American hardcore. We learnt from that, and we learnt from the Melvins.”

Novoselic’s praise is fulsome and indicative of the mutually supportive environment that existed in and around Seattle during the so-called grunge explosion of the late ‘80s. While Nirvana’s cultural impact has been well-documented, here in the gallery above and the playlist below are 10 remarkable recordings from that time worth rediscovering…

Posted on January 17th 2018, 4:26pm
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