Almost two years ago I called Greg Prato's Grunge Is Dead the best book I've read on the subject of the Seattle music scene of the 80s and 90s. I liked it so much I made a fucking insane compilation in honor of it. It's still one of the best compilations I've made, and I've made fucking hundreds.
But now it turns out Mark Yarm's Everybody Loves Our Town is superior. Also written in the always preferrable oral history format of letting the people involved tell the story themselves, this one goes deeper, has people Greg Prato didn't feature. Novoselic? Grohl? Vedder? All here. All biographies should, if possible, be written as an oral history.
So naturally I had to put together another compilation of my favorite music scene anywhere ever - the snotty rock 'n' roll written and performed in the upper left corner of the United States between circa 1980 and 1995. Could this somehow magically be even better than the first one? You be the judge.
Watch the great documentary Hype! while you're at it.
(zip) V/A - Pacific Northwest Compilation #2 (71 mb)
1. Mudhoney - Ritzville
2. Flop - Julie Francavilla
3. U-Men - Solid action
4. Young Fresh Fellows - Low beat
5. Love Battery - Ibiza bar (Pink Floyd cover)
6. The Gits - Whirlwind
7. Wipers - Let's go away
8. Girl Trouble - My hometown
9. The Thrown Ups - You lost it
10. Nirvana - White lace and strange (Thunder And Roses cover)
11. Pearl Jam - Evil little goat
12. Malfunkshun - Mr. Liberty (with morals)
13. Dickless - Saddle tramp
14. Soundgarden - All your lies
15. Green River - Searchin'
16. TAD - Stumblin' man
17. Melvins - Let god be your gardner
18. Mono Men - Watch outside
Buy the music.
Buy the book.