Mother Love Bone

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Mother Love Bone
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Mother Love Bone in 1989, clockwise from left: Bruce Fairweather, Stone Gossard, Greg Gilmore, Jeff Ament and Andrew Wood
Background information
Also known asLords Of The Wasteland
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres
Years active1987–1990
(partial reunions: 2010, 2018)
LabelsStardog, Mercury
Associated acts Malfunkshun, Ten Minute Warning, Green River, Skin Yard, Love Battery, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, Brad, Three Fish
Past members Jeff Ament
Bruce Fairweather
Greg Gilmore
Stone Gossard
Andrew Wood
Regan Hagar

Mother Love Bone was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987. The band was active from 1987 to 1990. Frontman Andrew Wood's personality and lyrics helped to catapult the group to the top of the burgeoning late 1980s/early 1990s Seattle music scene. Wood died only days before the scheduled release of the band's debut album, Apple , thus ending the group's hopes of success. The album was finally released a few months later.

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History

Mother Love Bone was established in 1987 by ex-Green River members Jeff Ament, Bruce Fairweather and Stone Gossard, ex-Malfunkshun frontman Andrew Wood and ex-Ten Minute Warning and Skin Yard drummer Greg Gilmore. Initially, the group was formed in 1987 out of the cover band Lords of the Wasteland which featured Wood, Gossard, Ament and Malfunkshun drummer Regan Hagar. By early 1988 the band had added Fairweather, replaced Hagar with drummer Greg Gilmore and changed its name to Mother Love Bone.

Green River (band) band

Green River was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. Although the band had very little commercial impact outside their native Seattle, Green River pioneered the grunge music genre. The grunge style was featured both in Green River's own music and the music its members would create in future bands, including Pearl Jam and Mudhoney. Green River reunited for several live shows in 2008 and 2009.

Jeff Ament musician, songwriter

Jeffrey Allen Ament is an American musician and songwriter who serves as the bassist for the American rock band Pearl Jam.

Bruce Ian Fairweather is a guitarist/bassist based in Seattle.

This new line-up quickly set about recording and playing area shows and by late 1988 had become one of Seattle's more promising bands. [1] Wood's exuberant on-stage personality, outlandish clothes and dreamy lyrics helped bring attention to the band. In the 1996 grunge documentary, Hype! , Seattle engineer Jack Endino called Wood "the only stand-up comedian frontman in Seattle," a reference to Wood's playful style of interacting with Mother Love Bone fans. [3]

<i>Hype!</i> 1996 rockumentary directed by Doug Pray

Hype! (1996) is a documentary directed by Doug Pray about the popularity of grunge rock in the early to mid-1990s United States. It incorporates interviews and rare concert footage to trace the steps of grunge, from its subversive inception in neighborhood basements, to its explosion as a pop culture phenomenon. Hype! shows grunge from the point of view of people within the grunge scene, and attempts to dispel some of the myths of the genre promulgated by media hype, hence the title. The movie generally portrays the latter faction in a satirical way, though acknowledges that media hype helped to propel some of these obscure bands to brief fame.

Jack Endino American musician

Jack Endino is an American producer and musician based in Seattle, United States. Long associated with Seattle label Sub Pop and the grunge movement, Endino worked on seminal albums from bands such as Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and Nirvana. Endino was also the guitarist for the Seattle band Skin Yard which was active between 1985 and 1992. Endino currently manages a studio in Seattle called Soundhouse Recording.

In November 1988, the band signed to PolyGram subsidiary Polydor/Stardog and recorded their debut EP. As part of their contract, PolyGram also created the Stardog Records imprint exclusively for the band. [1] In March 1989, the group issued its debut EP, Shine , becoming the first of the new crop of Seattle bands to have a release on a major label. The record sold well and rapidly increased the hype surrounding the band. John Book of AllMusic said the "record contributed to the buzz about the Seattle music scene." [4]

PolyGram, founded in 1962, acquired by Universal Music Group in 1998 and merged into that group in 1999, was a Dutch entertainment company, which started as a major record label founded by Dutch Philips and German Siemens as a holding company for their music interests in 1972. The name was chosen to reflect the Siemens interest Polydor Records and the Philips interest Phonogram Records. The company traced its origins through Deutsche Grammophon back to the inventor of the flat disk gramophone, Emil Berliner.

Polydor Records multinational record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, owned by Universal Music Group

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AllMusic online music database

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In late 1989, the group returned to the studio (this time in Sausalito, California) to record its debut album, Apple . Despite some initial difficulties, the record was on time for its projected March 1990 release. Only days before Apple was slated to be released, however, frontman Andrew Wood, who had a long history with drug problems, overdosed on heroin and was left braindead. [5] After spending two days in the hospital on life support to allow friends and family to say goodbye, Wood died, effectively bringing the group to an end. [1] The album would see release later that year on July 19, 1990. Kim Neely of Rolling Stone said that the album "succeeds where countless other hard rock albums have failed, capturing the essence of what made Zep immortal – dynamics, kids! – and giving it a unique Nineties spin." [6]

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 8.8 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

<i>Apple</i> (album) 1990 Mother Love bone album

Apple is the only full-length studio album by the American alternative rock band Mother Love Bone. It was released on July 19, 1990 through Stardog/Mercury Records.

Heroin chemical compound

Heroin, also known as diamorphine among other names, is an opioid most commonly used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects. Medically it is used in several countries to relieve pain or in opioid replacement therapy. Heroin is typically injected, usually into a vein; however, it can also be smoked, snorted or inhaled. The onset of effects is usually rapid and lasts for a few hours.

Post-Mother Love Bone

In the months following Wood's death, Gossard and Ament would be approached by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell (who had been Wood's roommate), and asked if they would be interested in recording a single containing two songs he had written in tribute to Wood. [7] The project turned into an entire album and the group took the name Temple of the Dog, a reference to a line in the lyrics of the Mother Love Bone song, "Man of Golden Words." [8]

Soundgarden American grunge rock band

Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band's full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990. The band dissolved in 1997 and re-formed in 2010. Following Cornell's death in 2017, Thayil became the last remaining original member.

Chris Cornell American singer-songwriter, musician

Christopher John Cornell was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Cornell was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as the founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.

Temple of the Dog American rock band, active 1990–1992

Temple of the Dog was an American rock supergroup that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. It was conceived by vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of the bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. The lineup included Stone Gossard on rhythm guitar, Jeff Ament on bass guitar, Mike McCready on lead guitar, and Matt Cameron on drums. Eddie Vedder appeared as a guest to provide some lead and backing vocals.

Gossard and Ament would then join Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready to form Pearl Jam, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed rock bands of the 1990s.

Fairweather initially remained inactive but later joined Seattle based psychedelic rock band Love Battery, replacing Tommy Simpson on bass in 1992. He played on two of the band's albums and many of its tours before leaving that band as well and dropping off the radar. In 2006, he resurfaced in The Press Corps, with Garrett Shavlik (The Fluid) and Dan Peters (Mudhoney).

Gilmore's profile also dropped significantly following Mother Love Bone's demise. Between 1992 and 1994, he drummed with the band Chubby Children, reuniting with former bandmates from 1982–1985, Brian Fox and Garth Brandenburg. Out of the band came a handful of shows and unreleased recordings. He also participated in the reunion of his former band Ten Minute Warning in 1998, and was credited with providing 'inspiration' for the song "Never the Machine Forever" (credited as being written by Kim Thayil) on Soundgarden's studio album, 1996's Down on the Upside . The song initially came out of a jam session Thayil had with Gilmore. [9]

In April 2011, Kevin Wood (Andrew Wood's brother) teamed up with hard rock band Lace Weeper to record Mother Love Bone's "Crown of Thorns" in commemoration of 21 years since Andrew's death. The single was released on Kevin's Wammybox Records.

Reunion concert

On April 14, 2010, the four surviving members of Mother Love Bone reunited for the first time in 20 years (with friend and fellow Seattle musician Shawn Smith serving as frontman for the night) as part of a sold-out "Brad and Friends" evening at Seattle's Showbox. The songs featured were part of the band's core repertoire from their early days, including "Stardog Champion," "Holy Roller," "Gentle Groove" and a cover of the Argent song "Hold Your Head Up," a favorite encore from the band's early club days around Seattle.

Legacy

As well as being influential to grunge, they are also considered early pioneers in the alternative metal genre. [10]

Band members

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum details
1990 Apple

Compilations

TitleAlbum details US peak
chart position
[11]
Mother Love Bone
  • Released: September 22, 1992
  • Label: Stardog/Mercury
  • Format: CD, CS
77
On Earth As It Is - The Complete Works
  • Released: November 4, 2016 [12]
  • Label: Monkeywrench
  • Format: CD, DVD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Extended plays

YearAlbum details
1989 Shine
  • Released: March 20, 1989
  • Label: Stardog/Mercury
  • Format: CD, CS, LP

Singles

YearSingleAlbum
1989"Hold Your Head Up" (cover of Argent) / "Lady Godiva Blues" / "Man Of Golden Words" (alternative version)N/A (promo blue vinyl 7" single)
1990"Stardog Champion"Apple
"This Is Shangrila"
"Stargazer"
1992"Stardog Champion"Mother Love Bone
"Capricorn Sister"
2014"Hold Your Head Up" (cover of Argent) / "Holy Roller" (alternative version) [13] N/A (Black Friday Record Store release 7" single)

Videos

YearVideo details US peak
chart position [14]
1993 The Love Bone Earth Affair 13

Music videos

See also

Notes and references

  1. 1 2 3 4 Prato, Greg. "Mother Love Bone Archived April 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine ". AllMusic. Retrieved on June 13, 2005.
  2. Strong, Catherine (2011). Grunge: Music and Memory. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p.  73. ISBN   978-1-40942377-5.
  3. Pray, D., Helvey-Pray Productions (1996). Hype! Republic Pictures.
  4. Book, John. "Shine". AllMusic.
  5. Friend, Lonn M. (July 1992). "Heroes... and Heroin". RIP . Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  6. Neely, Kim. "Mother Love Bone: Apple" Archived February 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine . Rolling Stone . October 4, 1990.
  7. Nicholls, Justin (1991-04-14). "KISW 99.9 FM: Seattle, Radio Interview by Damon Stewart in The New Music Hour with Chris Cornell, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard". Fivehorizons.com. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
  8. Turman, Katherine. "Life Rules." RIP . October 1991
  9. Maloof, Rich. "Kim Thayil of Soundgarden: Down on the Upbeat" Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine . Guitar Magazine. July 1996.
  10. Silver Dragon Records: Alternative Metal Archived February 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  11. "Mother Love Bone Album Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.
  12. "On Earth as It Is: The Complete Works by Mother Love Bone". Apple Inc.
  13. "Mother Love Bone 7-inch featuring two unreleased songs due out for RSD Black Friday".
  14. "Mother Love Bone: Top Music Videos". Billboard . Retrieved 2009-03-09.[ dead link ]

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