Acclaimed grunge outfit Soundgarden are revisiting their years on the Sub Pop label with a new remastered compilation due in November.
Before they burst onto the national scene with 1991’s Badmotorfinger, the Seattle quartet (featuring vocalist Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and – at first, bassist Hiro Yamamoto, ultimately replaced by Ben Shepard in 1990) started off their career with a pair of EPs for the famed local label. 1987’s Screaming Life, recorded with producer Jack Endino, featured six raw original tunes and was met with rave reviews.
A follow-up, Fopp (1988), was a bit more of a curve ball, featuring the titular cover of an Ohio Players tune as well as a take on “Swallow My Pride” by fellow Seattle rockers Green River. The band cut a full-length, Ultramega OK, later that year for SST, ultimately gaining the attention of A&M Records, who’ve had the band ever since. (Soundgarden, of course, were a dominant force in ’90s rock before splitting up in 1997; the band reunited in 2010, releasing a new compilation and a new LP, King Animal, in 2012.)
Screaming Life/Fopp was first combined into one long-player in 1990. This version, available on CD and double-vinyl, will also include one more track the band cut for Sub Pop, a winking tribute to the scene called “Sub Pop Rock City” and released on the Sub Pop 200 compilation in 1988. (That tune shared space with exclusive tunes by Green River, Mudhoney and Nirvana.)
The new reissue will be available on November 25. Hit the jump to pre-order your copies!
Screaming Life/Fopp (Sub Pop SP 1065, 2013)
- Hunted Down
- Tears to Forget
- Nothing to Say
- Little Joe
- Hand of God
- Sub Pop Rock City
- Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
- Kingdom of Come
- Swallow My Pride
Tracks 1-6 from Screaming Life EP (Sub Pop SP 12, 1987)
Track 7 from Sub Pop 200 (Sub Pop SP 25, 1988)
Tracks 8-11 from Fopp EP (Sub Pop SP 17, 1988)