45090-2 Piece of Cake
Produced by Conrad Uno and Mudhoney
Released on October 1992
US CHART POSITION #189 . . . UK CHART POSITION #39
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K ronomyth 4.0: PSYCAKEDELIC SNUB. Mudhoney sold out on their own terms with Piece of Cake, their first record for Reprise. Sure, Reprise wasn’t going to issue every Mudhoney album in endless color vinyl variations like Sub Pop, but otherwise this is more of the same: psychedelicized Stooges with a sense of humor. The move resulted in Mudhoney’s highest US chart position ever: 189. That’s right, “89” with a “1” in front of it. Sell-outs. It seems that the band had been carrying around this giant albatross called “the fathers of grunge” since the Sub Pop days, and folks expected the band to break big like Nirvana rather than remain buried like the Melvins. I’ve never bought into the whole Washington grunge romance, since it seemed to imply a hermetically sealed scene rather than the natural progression of a generation who grew up listening to Black Sabbath, Black Flag and The Stooges. (How else to explain Butthole Surfers, The Pixies, Helmet and all the other regional phenomenons?) Anyway, enough of my little history lesson, since you came here to read about Piece of Cake. I think this album rocks. (Thanks for visiting my site, please come again.) You have to love a band that pisses away major-label money on an album so unrepentantly uninterested in the brass corporate c*ck ring. Tracks like “Ritzville,” “Suck You Dry,” “No End In Sight,” “I’m Spun” and “When In Rome” are played with fuzzy, low-fi fists of fury. In between are silly untitled bits and some lumbering cuts that might test the average listener’s patience, but that’s a time-honored psychedelic tradition from Pink Floyd to Flaming Lips. If you wanted Mudhoney to tighten up, Piece of Cake made plain that it wasn’t going to happen. And so the closing “Acetone,” with its tantalizing shades of The Replacements, becomes one more mainstream mirage in an uncompromising career of noise, fuzz and resistance. Disappointed? Don’t be. As Nirvana learned too late, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

45090-2 back cover
45090-2 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. (untitled)    0:39
  2. NO END IN SIGHT    3:35
  3. MAKE IT NOW    4:25
  4. WHEN IN ROME    3:54
  5. (untitled)    0:25
  6. SUCK YOU DRY    2:34
  7. BLINDING SUN    3:39
  8. THIRTEENTH FLOOR OPENING    2:31
  9. YOUTH BODY EXPRESSION EXPLOSION    1:59
  10. I'M SPUN    4:04
  11. (untitled)    0:39
  12. TAKE ME THERE    3:32
  13. LIVING WRECK    3:30
  14. LET ME LET YOU DOWN    3:57
  15. (untitled)    0:28
  16. RITZVILLE    2:38
  17. ACETONE    4:15

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  18. OVER THE TOP
  19. KING SANDBOX
  20. BABY O BABY
  21. IN THE BLOOD
  22. NO SONG III
  23. BETWEEN ME AND YOU KID
  24. SIX TWO ONE
  25. MAKE IT NOW AGAIN
  26. DECEPTION PASS
  27. UNDERIDE

    All songs by Mudhoney

CREDITS

MARK ARM -- vocals, gitars, slide guitars, organ, piano
MATT LUKIN -- bass guitars, vocals
DAN PETERS -- trap set, marimba, vocals
STEVE TURNER -- guitars, key bass, harmonica, banjo, vocals
Emily Bishton -- additional "ooohs"
Tad Hutchison -- background vocals and handclaps (4,16)
Scott McCaughey -- background vocals and handclaps (4,16)
Conrad Uno -- added backing vocals
Bob Whittaker -- background vocals and handclaps (4,16)
Mr. Charles Joseph Peterson -- photography
Mr. Edwin Judah Fotheringham -- illustrations
Mr. Arthur Samuel Wilbur Chantry II -- designs
Mr. Nathan Joseph Gluck -- lettering

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 1992 Reprise CD/CS 45090-2/4  
UK 1992 Warner CS WE-491  
CAN 1992 Reprise CS 24 50904  
GER 1992 Reprise LP/CD 45090-1/2  
UK 2003 Warner CDX 65877 w. bonus tracks

 

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