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Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

Mudhoney

1991

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
Album Summary

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge is the second studio album by the grunge band Mudhoney. It was recorded in 1991, at a time when the band was thinking of signing to a major record label, but decided to release the album on Sub Pop. The album shipped 50,000 copies on its original release. It is credited with helping to keep Sub Pop in business.Guitarist Steve Turner has said that the album is his "favorite Mudhoney album as a whole." There is an alternate version of "Check-Out Time" on the Let It Slide EP.

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2.82

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10360
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Grunge
Punk

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

Sounds like a load of songs that didn’t quite make the Tony Hawks soundtrack.

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Mon Feb 19 2024
4

On my first attempt at university, I was not a good student. Tuesdays, in particular, I would go to my 11am English lit lecture with my mate Grant, and then we would trundle off to Manning Bar when it opened at noon, because Tuesday was band day. Every lunchtime there would be a free band, usually some local alternative band. But hard to argue with free, right? One week in March of 1990, we ambled up to the bar, where they were lugging in very large, but incredibly beaten up, amplifiers. "Whose playing?" I enquired of Ian, the Activities Officer. "Mudhoney" he replied. "Cool", I thought. The chance to see an overseas band was a special treat, and I knew the name, even if I wasn't familiar with their music. At 1pm, they shambled out and ripped through a cacophonous and powerful set, largely based on Superfuzz Bigmuff and their self-titled record. They were a revelation. they were loud and fast and angsty and funny and drunk as hell (at lunchtime!). This was music as I wanted it to be. Proper dangerous punk rock that didn't take itself too seriously. As I recall, lots of people thought it was a terrible racket and left, but it sure made a mark on me. As soon as the set finished, I hiked up to Scratches Records at Newtown and bought a copy of Superfuzz Bigmuff, which is one of my all-time favourite records. I went to see them a few times that tour, and on their next tour, which was in December of the same year if I remember correctly. I saw them at the Lansdowne Hotel, the Phoenician Club, the Paddington RSL, and then a few years later at the Big Day Out. I love, love, love, their stuff. I had been hanging around on the Sydney alternative live scene for a couple of years, so this made a lot of sense to me. Australian alternative had a lot of the elements of grunge (that noisy, punky garage rock thing, leavened with a piss-take attitude), but this was the first American band that I had seen doing what became known as grunge, which was about to take off. This is generally regarded as their best album, and it is pretty damn great. Personally, I would go Superfuzz (the CD versions with the extra singles on it for a real taste, but this a terrific album. I love the fuzzy, terrible recording quality, the sloppy playing, the punk energy, the humour, the sense of being out of control. It helped codify my musical taste (and also heavily influenced the terrible and I was in for most of the 90s). Mudhoney were my band. I bought their records, I wore the t-shirts, I saw them live as often as I could. I ended up working at Scratches not long after that, so I had a front row seat for the explosion of grunge in 1991. Oh to be 20 years old again, working in a little record shop and seeing bands three or four nights a week at a time when there was something so exciting happening in music. While the explosion of underground music into the mainstream, was exciting at the time, in the long term, it didn't really turn out well for many people (including independent alternative record stores). But that's a story for another day... My infatuation with Mudhoney did influence me in one way that I regret. When Nirvana's Nevermind exploded, I was pretty lukewarm on it. everyone I knew who worked in alternative record stores got thoroughly sick of how overplayed it was. I mean, good record, but it's not Mudhoney now is it? And so I didn't buy tickets to see Nirvana when they played the Phoenician. I really regret that. But I don't regret ever listening to Mudhoney. They are still my band. I really love this record, but is it really a must hear? It is for me, but maybe not for everyone. Four stars

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

This album has had my dick hanging out the back of it since day one. It still gets me hard, unlike your mum.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
2

I love grunge but Mudhoney is at the crappy end of it imo. Yeah I know they were practically the first grunge band, but they lean too heavily into the alternative art rock DIY garage band stuff where I prefer my grunge to sound like AIC and Soundgarden. I've heard this album a few times, it kinda just exists. It's not horrible, but it's not actually good and I wouldn't listen to it for fun. Seems to be propelled by reputation alone. 2/5.

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Fri Jan 13 2023
2

I tried to like it. I really did. And any one of those songs is fine. Good, even. But, man that album felt like a slog to me. There’s just so much of it. And every song is not as [adjective] as [contemporary reference band].

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Sounds like 1992 and I love it.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

I'd seen the name of this band before but never listened. I liked it!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Not being very familiar with the genre, I find it hard to review classic grunge in any other way than through the lens set up by Nirvana. In a direct comparison, Mudhoney lack Nirvana's catchy choruses and Kurt's iconic delivery thereof. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would. It has some pretty good hooks and isn't too chaotic and certainly not mindless (my usual complaints regarding grunge and punk-inspired genres in general). The album length was perfect too, as I stayed engaged throughout. Good album.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Some pretty passable Seattle grunge, but someone else did it better

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Grunge. No está mal, pero no me ha encantado del todo.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Very listenable except for one song with snoring sounds in the middle. Sound is more late 90s indie, although can hear more classic early 90s seattle grunge too.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Been meaning to listen to them for years. Scrappy, garage punk version of grunge. Cool guitar shit. I dig it!

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

Nice grunge album with better vocals than I typically expect from the genre!! 8/10

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

I had never heard of this album or band before this, but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed listening. Big fan of the guitar work on this record - there's something magical about fuzzy sounding guitars. Lowkey inspiring me to whip out my electric again and mess around with my effect pedals. The guitar is definitely what stood out to me the most and what I enjoyed the most, but I also liked the vocals. Album was chaotic in a way that I thoroughly enjoyed. Might check out more by this band!

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Early influential grunge, but not overly impresive nowadays. Nothing stands out as exceptional or as terrible. A recording of its time

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Mon Feb 19 2024
4

Exceptional Grunge Band Destroys Faces

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

They get labeled as grunge because they're a Seattle band using heavy distortion in 1991, but there are more punk elements here than anything: an abundance of two-minute songs, shouty repetitive choruses, a lead singer who can't carry a tune, and purposefully mediocre production quality (because using low quality tape totally owned those studios, man). I vacillated between being impressed by the balls on these guys and annoyed by this album's existence, which was probably the point. Best track: Good Enough

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

I have loved this album since it came out!

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

One of my favorite bands... hell, at times they are my absolute favorite. Great band to see live. This is a classic in my book, just got the 30th anniversary version of this on vinyl. Glad to see it here on the list. These guys are still cranking out great stuff. I'd argue their last 3 records (The Lucky Ones, Vanishing Point, Digital Garbage) are as good as (and maybe better than) anything they've ever put out. Check them out too.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

Really good grunge album! Hadn't heard of these guys before. A couple really cool tracks. Highly recommend.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

This is like if In the Aeroplane over the sea was a punk album. Maybe that comparison is stupid but it makes sense to me at this particular moment in time. Either way, this is quite good for my punk-loving soul, unlike anything I've ever heard.

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

Okay, this isn’t universal, but it’s a classic to me (even if you never heard it, you heard Nirvana and Pearl Jam after Mudhoney’s influence).

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

I recall being sniffy about this album at the time, it didn't seem to have the youthful swagger & snarl of earlier releases. Listening to it now ... sounds amazing!

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Mon Mar 06 2023
5

Ooh, this was a very good grunge and punk album, which I'd never heard before. All these tracks were amazing in my opinion, and I have to admit I was kinda into the harmonica in one or two of these tracks. Favourite: Move Out

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Mon Mar 13 2023
5

Such a good album, easy 5 star

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Thu May 04 2023
5

HELL YEAH GRUNGE LET'S GOOOOOOOOO

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Thu May 11 2023
5

A little dark and gloomy, but good bit of energy and chaos in this. It's dirty, gritty, drone-y and perfect. Listened to this nonstop for about two hours before settling on a five. Would def. listen to this againif I didn't have such a mountain of unfinished reviews to write.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
5

Punchy. I want some fudge now.

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Wed Oct 04 2023
5

Very important album in my teenage years. Incredible!

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Thu Nov 30 2023
5

Something new, surprised I hadn’t heard of them before

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

Loved the metal grunge vibe!

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

Yeah this is still a near-perfect grunge record with fast, catchy songs all over - had not listened to Mudhoney for many years and thought the album may have that outdated grunge sound, but it still sounded fresh, and I like it very much.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

neat punk with some great variation. saved.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

Whenever I hear this album I hear the distant thunder of a revolution. This is grunge! Everything else (except for the Melvins) are also rans. Released a full two months ahead of Nevermind this was touted as the album that would break through. But overall it wasn't. Too dirty sounding, having used an 8 track to do the recording, this wasn't a radio friendly album. That is why it is important. As it flew against the expectation and in a way Mudhoney took a step back so they could keep having fun. And that is what it is all about - having fun. I still hate the cover though but treasure my limited pressing on Fudge coloured vinyl

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Fri Mar 22 2024
5

I don't always listen to garage punk and proto grunge but when I do, I'll now make sure it's Mudhoney. Really now. My 5 stars often reflect how much I enjoyed an album within this 1001AYMHBYD challenge and this is the shit. Certainly one of the shits. Also, best harmonica I've heard so far. Looking at you, Bob.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Personal preference is why I give this four stars

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Sonido crudo, muy grunge. Estilo de voz parecido a Kurt Cobain

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Really liked this. Guitars are mud but that’s okay with me 😎

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

1st half fucking banger 2nd residentsleeper zzzzzzzzz

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Very energetic album that in the right mood is perfect to keep your head bopping. A lot of fun songs without any that really stood out, just a solid and consistent album.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Pure grunge! Pure noise! Pure shit!

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

It was loud but I enjoyed the eclectic rock sound over a lot of other grunge I’ve heard. 7

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Enjoyable fudge packing. If I was to describe this as a footballer, it would be Marco Reus.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

I feel like this one isn't as interesting as previous Mudhoney albums, but the influence on Nirvana is undeniable. There is such a raw energy here, the shift in tone between songs is really enjoyable and overall I have definitely enjoyed the experience of listening to it.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

I'd like to hear this remastered. Full-blown heavy metal (am I right?) with this late 80s sound. Maybe a bit too monotonous, I'd like to hear more space between the sounds

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Sounds like a Subpop punk album. Good stuff. 9/10 chance my next existential crisis will have a Subpup album in the background.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

4/5. Underrated fo sho, not my vibe rn, but great dynamic (ftmp) grunge

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Early grunge before the genre gets too into itself. They're not afraid to mix things up a bit and you can definitely still hear the punk influence

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Though Mudhoney has never lived up to the hype of their first Sub Pop singles, they have carved out a rather successful career. Their early grunge work is what I remember best of Mudhoney and EGBDF might be their best album. A solid record in any era!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Starts of pretty in the weeds but really opens up from Broken Hands onward. Fuzz Gun '91 is a no brainer addition to Fat Riff Friday.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Very underrated band and album. Excellent.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Нечего не могу сказать

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Wed May 11 2022
4

This record by fuzz-propelled garage grunge anti-stars from the Washington State area doesn't have the all-time hits the band are still known for today (such as "Touch Me, I'm Sick" or "Suck You Dry"). But overall, it's the most cohesive and convincing entry from their early output. Buy either this or a compilation from them (or better, buy both--there's only *one* compilation out there anyway). Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far  Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Of all the tragedies I endured growing up in the Midwest in the 90s, not immediately discovering Mudhoney may have well been the worst.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Had never heard of this band, but a fun album that I will come back to

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Very enjoyable, like an early Nirvana with even less focus or production work. Not super catchy, or immediate, but one I will probably come back to.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Worth another listen at some point

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Not heard them before. I was probably just a few years too young. Enjoyed this - some good grooves.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

This album probably gets overlooked more than it should. Worthy of a spot in the list.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Really enjoyed this. Loved the weird guitar riffs and the nasty yet warm guitar tone. Cool blending of styles from punk to indie rock to rock n roll.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Another band i missed when I was listening to music from the early 90's. This is a good one for sure.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

90’s grunge but with a 60’s rock spirit. Some tracks sound like something The Doors might have done if The Doors formed thirty years later than they did. “Generation Genocide” has a psychedelic feel and “Something So Clear” could almost be a grunge-ified “Break On Through (To the Other Side).” Hearing harmonica on a few songs was a surprise! The album has a fiery punk energy and strong songwriting. An excellent album overall.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Grunge rock, pretty standard sound for the genre/era. Solid but nothing caught my ear

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

This album is far better than I gave it credit for when I was a teenager in the 90s! Some really great songs on here, and an important foundation for the sounds to come after.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
4

Enjoyed, if at points anonymous. As with a lot of stuff like this, I bet it was amazing live.

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Wed Dec 21 2022
4

Cracking early nineties slice of grunge

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Fri Dec 23 2022
4

Not a bad grunge-like album. Enjoyed the two play throughs. No song really caught my ear, but I might give it another listen

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Wed Jan 04 2023
4

Great stuff. Would listen again

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Fri Jan 20 2023
4

Didn't feel like there was a chance I didn't like this one. Mudhoney are mainstays of a scene that I've always had an affinity for. Oh, and if you haven't read Our Band Could Be Your Life and you're even remotely interested in American underground and/or DIY music, go buy it and read it immediately. Standouts: Let It Slide, Something So Clear, Broken Hands, Shoot The Moon

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Wed Feb 01 2023
4

There is something to be said for a band revered amongst the Seattle grunge scene, opting to stick with 8-track mixes and holding firm to their sub pop label. In an amongst the grunge power-chord tropes like 'Shoot The Moon', there are tracks like 'Something So Clear', 'Thorn', and 'Fuzz Gun '91' that show this group had a lot more to say and do. Kudos to them for going after that vision and kudos to this list for recognizing the value of it.

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Thu Feb 02 2023
4

I really enjoyed this album! Most of the songs kind of blended together for me, but there were none I disliked and overall I loved the general sound of the album. Fav songs: Let It Slide, Check-Out Time

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Wed Feb 08 2023
4

Solid album, this feels more like Dinosaur Jr or other noisy indie rock than grunge to me, but I suppose grunge has always been a weird fuzzy boundary in that respect. In any case, I liked this, will probably go check out their other albums soon!

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Thu Mar 09 2023
4

rocking grungey goodness. 4 stars.

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Thu Mar 23 2023
4

Great grunge/punk album. I loved most of the songs on the album. It was so close to a 5/5 but it is not perfect so I can’t give it a 5/5. My favorite song was “Something so Clear”.

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Fri Apr 28 2023
4

Torn between a 3 and a 4 on this one cuz nothing stuck out as great but I liked the rough and noisy vibe of the album a lot. Other grunge bands seemed a little clean and whiny while this one still has the rawness and energy of an underground band. The guitar playing is never off but has a loose vibe that feels like it’s about to fall off the rails but never does. Broken hands goes hard and the beat on pokin around is a lot of fun. Gonna rate a 4 cuz I think this would be sick to see at a show and I like that they tried to keep that feel. 👍:poking around, broken hands, good enough

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Thu May 04 2023
4

Made me wanna go surf then slam some cold beers

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Thu May 11 2023
4

Every Good Boy Does Fine Every Good Boy Deserves Favour Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge Every Good Boy Deserves Food Every Girl Buys Designer Fashions Every Good Bear Deserves Fish Every Good Boy Deserves Fruit Every Good Boy Deserves Fun Every Good Bird Does Fly Every Good Boy Deserves Football Empty Garbage Before Dad Flips Elvis Goes Belly Dancing Fridays Every Green Bus Drives Fast Elephants Get Big Dirty Feet Every Good Burger Deserves Fries Elvis's Guitar Broke Down Friday Even George Bush Drives Fast Every Girl Buys Designer Flip Flops Every Girl Bakes Delicious Fudge Eat Good Bread Dear Father Ernie Gave Bert Dead Frogs Elephants Go Bouncing Down Freeways Apparently no one can agree on one mnemonic for the lines of the treble clef, as all of the above (and probably more) exist. Nice to see that they don't all offer nice things only to good boys. But girls can just buy and bake things? I won't hold the sexism of treble clef mnemonics against Mudhoney.

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Fri Jun 02 2023
4

So glad to have listened to this album.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
4

The recording quality on this leaves a lot to be desired, but no complaints here. This record rips. Mudhoney is a behemoth in the Grunge scene and Mark Arm already saw the wriring on the wall. This is a classic album, one of the best of the era and the genre.

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