Mudhoney — Touch Me I’m Sick
Amazing first single.
The definitive grunge anthem.
The song Sub Pop is built on.
Mudhoney — Suck You Dry
I remember taking my oldest brother’s CD single, in the slim jewel case, of Mudhoney’s “Suck You Dry”. When he caught me listening to it and saw how enamored I was with all that fuzz he decided to let me keep it.
Parlour Games — Six Finger Satellite
Everything Made More Sense — Elevator to Hell
When I was 13 or 14 years old and really getting in to music I memorized my father’s credit card number and used to call Sub Pop’s toll free line and mail order almost anything that was being released. Most of the time I would be calling about an Eric’s Trip release and the operator would suggest other releases so I would just tag those on to the order. This worked great until my father noticed the hundreds of dollars I had charged to his card without him knowing. I got in a load of trouble but the music I got in exchange is priceless. Thanks for never doing a security check Sub Pop, your lax credit card rules helped make me the man I am today.
Steve Albini — Spoken Word Intro Thing
When we first signed to Sub Pop, we fielded a lot of interview questions about being a noise/rap group on a grunge label, and whether or not we agreed with whatever journalist we were talking to that we were a weird fit in the roster. We always pushed back against that question by pointing out that Sub Pop has never been one thing—even at the height of grunge, the label was never just that. They had Earth, and Tad, and Codeine, and Six Finger Satellite, and fucking Reverend Horton Heat, and all sorts of weird stuff that wasn’t going to get shelved next to Soundgarden. Sub Pop’s vision has never been isolated to a single genre—case in point: the first track on the first Sub Pop release ever: Steve Albini’s “Spoken Word Intro Thing,” which should have been called “Screamed Nonsense with Microphone Feedback Thing.” Honestly, this is noisier than anything Wolf Eyes put on either of their two Sub Pop Records. We paid tribute to Albini’s track—quoting some of his lyrics and emulating his piercing feedback—on the intro to our first album for the label, CLPPNG (and nobody noticed). It’s our favorite track because it reassures us that Sub Pop is the exact right fit for who we are and what we’re trying to do, and always has been.