Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge is the second studio album by American rock band Mudhoney.[3][17] It was recorded at a time when the band was thinking of signing to a major record label, but decided to release the album on Sub Pop in 1991. The album shipped 50,000 copies on its original release.[18] It was credited with helping to keep Sub Pop in business.[19]

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 1991
RecordedSpring 1991
StudioEgg Studios
Genre
Length42:29
LabelSub Pop[4]
ProducerConrad Uno[5]
Mudhoney chronology
Mudhoney
(1989)
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
(1991)
Piece of Cake
(1992)
Singles from Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
  1. "Let It Slide"
    Released: June 1991[6]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[7]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[8]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[9]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[10]
Kerrang![11]
MusicHound Rock[12]
Ox-Fanzine[13]
PopMatters8/10[14]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[15]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[16]

Guitarist Steve Turner has said that the album is his "favorite Mudhoney album as a whole."

There is an alternate version of "Check-Out Time" on the Let It Slide EP.

Production

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The album was recorded on low-quality tape via an 8-track desk.[20] It is named after a mnemonic used by music students to recall the notes (EGBDF) on the lines of the treble clef.

Critical reception

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Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Imagine the heaviest of Black Sabbath heavy metal, only somewhat speeded up and with added touches of humor, and you have a good approximation of the Mudhoney way of life."[21] Trouser Press wrote that "Conrad Uno’s dry 8-track production sharpens Mudhoney’s garage-rock edge — evident in Arm’s fuzzed-out vocals and a shared fondness for second-hand blues progressions — enough to stand apart from the watered-down metal of most flannel merchants, but they don’t go anywhere with it."[5] The Spin Alternative Record Guide called the album "charming," writing that a "revitalized sense of hooks connect Mudhoney more directly back to '60s garage."[16]

Along with the band's debut EP Superfuzz Bigmuff, the album was included in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, with reviewer Jason Chow calling it "a classic album, one of the best of the genre."[22]

Track listing

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All tracks are written by Mudhoney

No.TitleLength
1."Generation Genocide"1:13
2."Let It Slide"2:35
3."Good Enough"3:25
4."Something So Clear"4:14
5."Thorn"2:10
6."Into the Drink"2:08
7."Broken Hands"6:02
8."Who You Drivin' Now?"2:21
9."Move Out"3:32
10."Shoot the Moon"2:27
11."Fuzzgun '91"1:52
12."Pokin' Around"3:30
13."Don't Fade IV"3:58
14."Check-Out Time"3:07
2021 30th anniversary deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleOriginLength
1."March to Fuzz"The Estrus Half-Rack, 1991 (*)2:20
2."Ounce of Deception""Let It Slide" single, 19911:50
3."Paperback Life" (alternate version)"Let It Slide" single1:35
4."Fuzzbuster"Nardwuar the Human Serviette Presents... Clam Chowder and Ice Vs Big Macs and Bombers, 1991 (*)1:56
5."Bushpusher Man"Puget Power III, 1992 (*)2:25
6."Flowers for Industry"Previously unreleased3:21
7."Thorn" (1st attempt)"You're Gone" single, 19901:49
8."Overblown"Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1992 (*)2:59
9."March from Fuzz"March to Fuzz, 20002:22
10."You're Gone"Non-album single4:05
11."Something So Clear" (24-track demo)Previously unreleased4:29
12."Bushpusher Man" (24-track demo)Previously unreleased2:27
13."Pokin' Around" (24-track demo)Previously unreleased4:00
14."Check-Out Time" (24-track demo)Previously unreleased3:21
15."Generation Genocide" (24-track demo)Previously unreleased2:44
  • Releases marked with an asterik (*) are various artists compilation albums.

Personnel

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Adapted from the album liner notes.[23]

Mudhoney
Technical

Charts

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Chart (1991) Peak
position
Official UK Charts 34

References

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  1. ^ "50 Greatest Grunge Albums". Rolling Stone. April 1, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  2. ^ "The 30 Best Grunge Albums of All Time". Loudwire. May 24, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Mudhoney Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge". Sub Pop Records.
  5. ^ a b Sprague, Deborah; Robbins, Ira. "Mudhoney". Trouser Press. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Let It Slide". Sub Pop. Retrieved November 25, 2023.
  7. ^ Deming, Mark. "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge - Mudhoney | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  8. ^ Popoff, Martin (2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 299. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  9. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. MUZE. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4.
  10. ^ Wyman, Bill (August 2, 1991). "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 23, 2022. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  11. ^ Mörat (August 10, 1991). "Mud' Wrestling | Rekordz". Kerrang!. No. 353. EMAP. p. 19.
  12. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 794. ISBN 978-1-57859-061-2.
  13. ^ Hiller, Joachim (October 2021). "Mudhoney - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge". Ox-Fanzine (in German). Retrieved 2024-01-13.
  14. ^ Garratt, John (2021-07-30). "Mudhoney: Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (30th Anniversary Edition)". PopMatters. Retrieved 2024-01-13.
  15. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. 2004. p. 566.
  16. ^ a b Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. pp. 261–262.
  17. ^ The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. November 27, 2003. p. 706. ISBN 978-1-85828-457-6 – via Google Books.
  18. ^ Earles, Andrew (September 15, 2014). Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996. Voyageur Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-62788-379-5 – via Google Books.
  19. ^ Waksman, Steve (February 4, 2009). This Ain't the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk. University of California Press. p. 252. ISBN 978-0-520-25310-0 – via Google Books.
  20. ^ Taylor, Steve (September 27, 2006). The A to X of Alternative Music. A&C Black. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-8264-8217-4 – via Google Books.
  21. ^ MerchantPro. "Mudhoney". Jaddrecords.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 2024-03-21.
  22. ^ Dimery, Robert (2009). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Octopus Publishing Group, London. p. 664. ISBN 9781844036240.
  23. ^ Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (Media notes). Mudhoney. Sub Pop. 1991. SP105b.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)