Seminal garage-punk band Mudhoney, whose 1988 debut single "Touch Me, I'm Sick" became the early, raucous anthem of Seattle's roiling flannel-and-angst grunge scene, was resurrected over Easter weekend, recording three new tracks in a Seattle studio with former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer.
One of the tracks, "The Inside Job," will be available later this week for free on the new MP3 Web site www.musicblitz.com.
Mudhoney, which managed to retain its original lineup for eleven years, was temporarily sidelined after bassist Matt Lukin retired in 1999, shortly after the release of the band's critically acclaimed 1998 album "Tomorrow Hit Today" (see "Mudhoney's Lukin Quits Music; Band In Limbo").
Singer Mark Arm told MTV News on Monday that Kramer, who was originally set to only co-produce Mudhoney's session, wound up picking up the bass in addition
to sharing production duties with the band and legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino (best known for his early work with Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees and Mudhoney). Arm said that another complete song called "The Straight Life" was also recorded, as was an untitled instrumental.
"Working with Wayne Kramer was great," Arm said. "It was one of those 'Oh, man, I can't believe this is happening' moments."
Arm said that the session was so successful, it's possible that Kramer will continue working with Mudhoney on tracks for a whole album, though he cautioned, "No one's expecting anything at this point."
The Mudhoney Easter sessions were also attended by Tad frontman Tad Doyle and singer Chris Ballew of the now-defunct Presidents Of The United States Of America.
In other Mudhoney news, after a very long hiatus, The Monkeywrench (the side project of Mark Arm, Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner, and Gas Huffer guitarist Tom Price) has just released its second
album, "Electric Children," through Bellingham, Washington indie label Estrus Records. The band's first album, "Clean As A Broke-Dick Dog," was released on Sub Pop Records in 1992.