Vinyl–Mudhoney’s “Superfuzz Bigmuff”


For those who like their 1990’s alternative music with a heavy dose of anti-social, in-your-face lyrics with a big sound to match, Mudhoney’s “Superfuzz Bigmuff” is the perfect recording. Recorded and released in 1988, the album would help define the sound of grunge and along with bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nirvana, would help put Seattle, Washington on the map.

The band’s debut single from “Superfuzz Bigmuff,” “Touch Me, I’m Sick,”¬†became popular because a version of it is featured in the 1992 romantic comedy “Singles.” The song in the movie became “Touch Me, I’m Dick,” as part of the setlist for fictional band Citizen Dick.

“Touch Me, I’m Sick” by Mudhoney

The song does not give listeners a break with melodies or kind lyrics. The distorted guitar revs up unexpectedly and stays that way in a kind of startle only rivaled by the roar of a neighbor’s muscle car during the quiet hours of morning.

The lyrics are so over-the-top as to be humorous. For example, “I won’t live long/I’m full of rot/ I’m gonna give you/all I got/ touch me I’m sick” catches listeners off-guard with its unabashed lack of comfort. It is anti-romance at its best.

For listeners who want to remember what the grunge-era is about, or for those who know what to expect, and want alternative music with an edge, this is the perfect album. Buy it today at LemonWire’s vinyl store for $15.98. Visit the following link for more information:¬†


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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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