Friday, May 31, 2024

Full Show Friday: Mudhoney "Live In Berlin 1988"

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Mudhoney!
Back to 1988 with the rag tag bunch of Mudhoney playing Berlin. 

Remastered sound from this show. A lot more info below. Enjoy!

Mudhoney - "Live In Berlin 1988" (Modified Audio: Mix of original soundtrack (DVD) & the sound of "SuperfuzzBigmuff Deluxe Edition") 

10/10/1988 "Berlin Independence Days Music Festival" Ecstasy - Berlin, Germany (45 min) 

Tracks: 01. No One Has 02. Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More 03. Need 04. Chain That Door 05. If I Think 06. Mudride 07. Here Comes Sickness 08. Toch Me I'm Sick 09. In 'N' Out Of Grace Notes: 

This festival was sponsored by the former government of East Germany, which also featured a performance by Les Thugs. Mark opens with, "Hi! Hi! It's great to be here! Hi! We're from America! Howdy!" Before Need, Mark instructs the crowd to, "pull down your pants if you like us." After no one complies, Mark remarks, "no one likes us." In a 2/00 Spin Online interview, Steve remembered about the show: "We were flown over to Berlin by their government for the Berlin Independence days, just one show. It was unbelievable. It's this big music festival with independent artists of all different types. European countries fund their arts so much better. They actually view art as important somehow. So we were flown over there and Bruce and Jonathan from Sub Pop went with us and we couldn't believe that somebody would do that. It was absolutely ridiculous. We fucked the place up, acted like fools." This was originally going to be the first show of a European tour that ran through October 26, but that fell through, so they toured America on their own before they joined up with Sonic Youth instead. On October 30, !K7 Records will release Mudhoney: Live In Berlin, 1988 on DVD. 

Filmed by a professional camera crew at 1988’s Berlin Independent Days festival, Live In Berlin, 1988 captures the Seattle grunge pioneers’ first ever performance on foreign soil. Playing as representatives of Sub Pop Records to a crowd of curious punters, critics and members of Europe’s independent music community, the show was also the first Grunge gig in Europe, laying essential groundwork for Grunge’s subsequent global domination. A testament to the enduring vitality of the independent music scene, the release celebrates the 27th anniversary of !K7, a Berlin-based independent label and distributor with offices in New York and London, and an internationally renowned purveyor of electronic music in particular. In its early days, !K7 also served as a video production company run by label-owner Horst Weidenmüller, whose crew filmed a number of performances from that year’s Berlin Independent Days festival. Weidenmüller recently rediscovered the Mudhoney footage, realising that he held in his hands a crucial rock’n’roll document that had to be shared with the world. Besides its historical importance, Mudhoney: Live In Berlin, 1988 presents one of the greatest rock’n’roll groups of all time at their very best, a glorious mess of flailed hair, acidic caterwaul, gnarly riffage and fried guitar skronk as Mudhoney tear through material from their epochal (but then-unreleased) Superfuzz Bigmuff EP and eponymous debut album. The show’s wild, thrilling, and funny-as-fuck, much like Mudhoney themselves. You’ll wish you’d been there – now, thanks to this Mudhoney: Live In Berlin, 1988, you almost can be.

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