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Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick (7") - Vinyl Record LP - 1

Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick (7")

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Mudhoney's classic first single! Recent reissue on black vinyl.


The first commercial 7" single ever released on Seattle's pioneering grunge/indie label Sub Pop, Mudhoney's "Touch Me I'm Sick" was a crucial and vastly influential touchstone in the evolution of the grunge movement, virtually defining the term with its raw, filthy-sounding guitar racket and the unhinged vocal rants of Mark Arm, whose lyrics wallowed gleefully in disease, self-loathing, angst, and dirty sex. The grunge bands who achieved greater mass acceptance in Mudhoney's wake didn't necessarily follow this blueprint to a tee; they were often closer to metal and classic rock than simple garage punk, for one, and the introspective seriousness with which they generally addressed similar themes precluded them from even trying to copy Arm's charismatic sexual menace. But the song's raw, primal energy made it an instant anthem which still stands as one of the genre's all-time classics. "Touch Me I'm Sick" is built around a simple, repeated power-chord riff, played with heaps of nasty, fuzzed-out distortion and augmented by a second guitar whose sole function seems to be spewing out noise. Dan Peters' caffeinated drumming jolts the song forward like a cattle prod, and Arm's hysterical screech makes simple lines like "I've been bad/And I feel worse/And I'm a creep, yeah/And I'm a jerk" into transcendentally obnoxious rock & roll poetry. There's nothing complicated about the song, not even the stop-and-start lead guitar break; it's just simple, straightforward garage punk bashed out with lunatic energy over a scant two and a half minutes. Originally released only as a 45 in 1988 (backed with "Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More"), "Touch Me I'm Sick" was compiled on the 1992 CD Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles, where it can be placed in context as the highlight of Mudhoney's seminal early material.



A Touch Me I'm Sick 2:23
B Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More 3:35


Original Release Year: 1988

Label: Sub Pop

Catalog #: SP18

Format: 7" Vinyl

Vinyl Color: Black

Condition: New

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