Tomorrow Hits Today

Warner Bros.

Mudhoney fans rejoice! The Seattle-based quartet, who managed to move in and out of the grunge-filled 80s without a hype stain, are back with a record that compares to their early genius, Superfuzz Bigmuff.

The record’s title, Tomorrow Hits Today is derived from one of Mudhoney’s first songs, “When Tomorrow Hits.” It is only appropriate that track one, “A Thousand Forms of Mind” sounds reminiscent of their early Sub-Pop seven-inches: “Suck You Dry,” “Touch Me I’m Sick,” “Sweet Young Thing,” etc. More importantly, the song is a testimonial to how the band feels after spending ten years together-they’re super stoked to still be themselves. And in an effort to protect their identity, vocalist Arm wails, “Get behind me/ Stand back all you devils.” The message is that they are pleased to still be a band, not to be headlining stadium tours, not to be a household name, and not to be dead-now all classic characteristics of fellow Seattlite rockers.

One of the elements that makes Mudhoney so appealing is their lyrics. Many of their songs are mini stories. In “Oblivion” Arm writes, “A woman orders a Kahlua and cream, rolls her wheelchair over to the karaoke machine, and proceeds to sing the shit out of ABBA’s 'Dancing Queen.'” Arm says that it’s a true story, and his passion for storytelling comes through other lyrics on the record as well: “Beneath the Valley of the Underdog” and “Try to be Kind.”

I keep wondering what this record would have been like if Jack Endino (producer of most significant grunge, including Superfuzz and Nirvana’s Bleach) had gotten a hold of it-although I bet Jack wasn’t anticipating Mudhoney would last so long. This time around they chose Jim Dickinson (Memphis, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) to produce, and his Southern blues, Sam Phillips style gave new depth and soul to Mudhoney’s raw sound.