Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff: Deluxe Edition and The Lucky Ones •••• (5 stars)

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(Sub Pop)

GRUNGE

Mudhoney were always the dirty, psychotic older brothers to Nirvana’s globe-straddling grunge phenomenon, true inheritors of The Stooges’ mantle, with their reluctance to compromise being the secret of their longevity.

Now celebrating 20 years of sleazy, unhinged, unholy noise, the band release their eighth studio album alongside a deluxe reissue of seminal debut EP, Superfuzz Bigmuff. For rock fans not familiar with the band, the latter is worth buying for the original tracks alone, but it also comes with two discs of early singles, demos, live stuff and radio sessions, all of which reveal a band pathologically intent on pushing punk, rock, blues and garage well past breaking point. And if there’s a better anthem of teenage disaffection than ‘Touch Me I’m Sick’, I’ll eat my lumberjack shirt.

The new album confirms the band still kick seriously deranged ass, howling, screaming and growling as if it was 1988. Fantastic stuff, basically.

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