Guitarist Steve Turner played with singer Mark Arm in Pearl Jam predecessors Green River before the two formed grunge pioneers Mudhoney in Seattle in 1988.
Turner was born March 28, 1965, in Houston, and studied anthropology.
He named Mudhoney's debut EP, Superfuzz Bigmuff, after his favorite effects pedals. The band also included Dan Peters (drums) and Matt Lukin (bass). Its first single, "Touch Me I'm Sick," is hailed by many as the catalyst of the grunge explosion.
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (1991) introduced the Hammond organ into the band's sound, which was heavily based on Turner's penchant for distorted guitar noises.
My Brother the Cow (1995) featured "Generation Spokesmodel" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Into Yer Shtik."
Tomorrow Hit Today (1998) was the band's last album before Lukin quit. Earlier this year, Mudhoney issued the compilation LP March to Fuzz.
As Mudhoney ponders their future, Turner and Arm have re-engaged their side band, the Monkeywrench, who will release Electric Children next week.
Other birthdays Tuesday: Chuck Portz (Turtles), 55; John Evan (Jethro Tull), 52; and James Atkin (EMF), 33.