Today is the birthday of Mudhoney vocalist and guitarist
Mark Arm, who was birn in 1962 in Seattle, Washington. Mudhoney was one of a
close-knit group of Seattle bands who defined that region's "grunge" movement.
Arm and guitarist Steve Turner played in a band called Green River with
musicians who went on to form Mother Love Bone and, later, Pearl Jam; the duo
fell in with bassist Matt Lukin, who'd just been fired from the Melvins, and
drummer Dan Peters, who had worked briefly with Nirvana and Screaming Trees.
With so much experience behind them, it's hard to understand why Mudhoney
never fared as well as their compadres, but their early releases helped define
the grunge sound. In 1988 they recorded Superfuzz Bigmuff with Sup Pop,
staying with the indie label until 1992's Piece of Cake, recorded with
Reprise records. Their single "Touch Me I'm Sick" was parodied in the Cameron
Crowe movie Singles, which featured a Matt-Dillon led band singing
"Touch Me I'm Dick."
In addition to Mudhoney's prolific releases, the most
recent of which is 1995's My Brother the Cow, Arm and company have
worked with Sonic Youth and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Arm contributed vocals to
Alice in Chains' EP Sap.Arm also formed a side band, Bloodloss, in 1995.
Other birthdays: Paul Newton (Uriah Heep), Jerry Harrison (Talking
Heads/The Heads), Jean Jaques Burnel (The Stranglers), Rankin' Roger (The
English Beat/General Public), Wendy James (Transvision Vamp) and Mark Robinson
(Unrest). -- Beth Winegarner