Mom Love Bone – Apple
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This Is Shangrila
Come Chew the Apple
Man of Golden Phrases
Mr. Danny Boy
Crown of Thorns
Andrew Wooden sported the traditional CV for an 80s hair-band frontman; his teenage obsession with stardom got here after catching a Low cost Trick gig; he grew up on Kiss, Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Elton John and Prince. And he was a bitt of a large number.
When he was in his first actual band, Malfunkshun, his father needed to hospitalise him with hepatitis contracted from contaminated junkies’ needles. His brother and bandmate Kevin remembers that, by 1985, he “had monitor marks up and down each arms”.
Malfunkshun’s contribution to a seminal Seattle compilation Deep Six, referred to as With Yo Coronary heart Not Yo Arms was about heroin and hepatitis. Wooden felt that Malfunkshun, regardless of that includes his brother and in addition his greatest good friend in drummer Regan Hagar, couldn’t present the platform he sought, and he was tooling round Seattle giving the occasional solo efficiency on the aspect when Inexperienced River guitarist Stone Gossard actually started to take discover of him.
By 1988, they’d a band. Mom Love Bone included Wooden, Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament, guitarist Bruce Fairweather and drummer Greg Gilmore.
They wrote shortly and prolifically, producing trippy, sonic rock songs like Stardog Champion and Holy Curler, and epic statements of intent like Crown Of Thorns. Their supervisor, Kelly Curtis, and Jeff Ament by some means provoked a bidding conflict between a lot of the main labels, and the band signed to Polydor on November 19, 1988, in a seven-album deal.
Andrew Wooden died of a heroin overdose on March 19, 1990. He had been clear for 4 months and was to be chaperoned by a brand new tour supervisor, one other recovering addict, as Mom Love Bone started the massive promo push for his or her debut full-length launch, Apple.
He drove alone into downtown Seattle and scored. His girlfriend Xana discovered him in a coma on his mattress some hours later, one recent track-mark glistening on his forearm. He held on through a life help system within the Habourview hospital for nearly per week. however his household had been advised that within the unlikely occasion of the coma reversing itself, Wooden would nearly definitely be severely mentally handicapped following his mind’s deprivation of oxygen.
After three dreadful days, Wooden’s household determined that his life-support system ought to be turned off, which it was as they, his band-mates and Xana surrounded his mattress with lit candles and performed A Night time At The Opera, his favorite Queen album. He was 24.
4 months later, Apple was lastly launched.
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Different albums launched in July 1990
- Armchair Theatre – Jeff Lynne
- Easy Noodle Maps – Devo
- The Laborious Means – Steve Earle
- Lights…Digital camera…Revolution! – Suicidal Tendencies
- Seven Turns – The Allman Brothers Band
- Spirits Dancing within the Flesh – Santana
- 10 Brick by Brick – Iggy Pop
- Flesh and Blood – Poison
- Bare Thunder – Ian Gillan
- Tales from the Twilight World – Blind Guardian
- Cowboys from Hell – Pantera
- Goodnight L.A. – Magnum
- Within the Coronary heart of the Younger – Winger
- Un-Led-Ed – Dread Zeppelin
- Bellybutton – Jellyfish
What they stated…
“It is exhausting to not overstate how completely different rock music in 2016 could be if Seattle quintet Mom Love Bone had been in a position to make a second album. Their mixture of Northwest grunge and runny-mascara glam seemed like a prediction of the place hair metallic, simply starting its decline in 1990, might go.” (Rolling Stone)
“Albums like Filth and Nevermind could also be what everybody associates with grunge however it’s actually thoughts boggling to think about the way it’d be seen if Apple had gotten its due. It affords a special sound when in comparison with the cliche and people delay by the dreary aesthetics could discover this extra interesting. However even in the event you do not buy into alternate historical past, it is simply as nice because the classics and has loads of nice songs which can be price trying out.” (Sputnik Music)
“Mom Love Bone had been clearly Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith devotees, and it is exhausting to overlook the affect of Zep’s Robert Plant and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler when lead singer Andrew Wooden tears into such intense but melodic exhausting rock boogie as Capricorn Sister, Stardog Champion, and Captain Hello-High. This was a band with nice potential, however sadly, one can solely speculate on what would have occurred had it had an opportunity to develop.” (AllMusic)
What you stated…
James Praesto: With out progress we stand nonetheless. One thing made that caveman knock two rocks collectively and alter the world, proper? We make sparks at the hours of darkness, and nothing is ever the identical. Within the micro-cosmos of music, related catalytic occasions spawn new mutated genres and the empires of previous concepts come crumbling down. Generally this stuff are delicate, and typically they’re cataclysmic. We are going to go away to the smart anthropologists of the long run to resolve on the extent of the function Mom Love Bone performed within the musical local weather of the 90’s, however I’m going to make an informed guess and lean extra in the direction of the delicate impression.
To completely recognize Apple, you sort of “needed to be there”. Not that this album doesn’t have loads of qualities for brand spanking new listeners, however on the time of its launch, issues had been in movement that’s exhausting to really feel the heart beat of as we speak. The LA metallic scene was like a physique in hunger, slowly consuming itself because of the lack of concepts and any willingness to vary. This emaciated skeletal zombie nonetheless stalked the Sundown Strip, with frizzy hair sprayed to the skies and runny raccoon eyes, however the world knew it was dying, and held its breath in anticipation of the place to show subsequent…
… and there it was…
Out of the rising Seattle rock scene, Mom Love Bone claimed the prize of being the primary of these bands signed to a serious label, and mainly kicked down the doorways to let the others comply with. Andrew Wooden was a central character within the native rock scene, with swagger and charisma, and the tight community of bands and a few of these musicians seemed to him as their chosen one – the subsequent Jim Morrison; the subsequent Janis Joplin – somebody to paved the way.
Apple kicks off with one thing straight out of what was just about a longtime sound on the time. The opening guitars might have been within the newest Winger video on Headbangers Ball; the sleazy verse operates within the conventional G’n’R universe and to this point no one is both offended or impressed. Nevertheless, in the event you scratch the floor, you discover lyrics a lot completely different than what handed for regular on the time. They’re self-reflective, whereas nonetheless barely much less self-promoting, which was counter-intuitive to the louder than life hair metallic scene.
Stardog Champion follows, and now it’s fairly apparent we’re charting extra traditional 70’s rock territory, however with these layers of linear ringing guitar riffs so many grunge bands had been to make widespread for years to come back. The kids’s choir seeing the track out, lends it a susceptible allure and an authenticity a lot missed for a few years on the airwaves. No person is aware of what the fuck a Stardog Champion is, however it’s a track about Wooden and his relationship to his dad and mom. No person sang about that stuff again then. Not less than no one who individuals listened to. (Additionally, nice title for a hockey crew. Simply saying.)
So many high quality tracks comply with on a string. Holy Curler, with its quacking wahs and free-form evangelist rants, and lyrics just about coming off like an ode to anal lovemaking that I’ve but to actually decipher the which means off (until the track is actually about that).
Bone China is the primary true monitor setting the tone for a complete new style of music. It’s laid again, in a smokey parlour, with Wooden crooning about his love/hate relationship to his heroin dependancy. The guitars are merely accents, and the jap ambiance envelops the monitor in a candy lull of musical peace.
The center of the album is choke filled with little gems. Stargazer continues constructing that bridge from the useless ends of typical LA sleaze balladry, into extra fascinating and extra advanced rock territories, over some actually darkish and deep waters. The lyrics are a love letter to Andy’s girlfriend Xana, via the haze of a downward spiral of drug abuse.
Heartshine might be one in all my favorite tracks on the album; the feverish pulse of the verse constructing as much as the extra animated refrain. You’ll be able to shut your eyes and see this carried out dwell; it has that natural vibe you solely get when there’s a true musical dynamic within the band. Man of Golden Phrases has an ominous tone, leaning on the piano with somber chords and letting Wooden expel his reflective lyrics about his “solely” craft – the communication via phrases and music. Crown Of Thorns closes the album with acoustic guitars, shuffling drums, a spirited refrain and a promise of nice issues to comply with… simply not by this band.
Proper earlier than the discharge of the album Wooden overdosed, and have become one other ineffective statistic within the prematurely useless rock star obituaries – so in that sense, he did emulate Morrison and Joplin, I assume. The album was launched after his loss of life, and identical to with different artists who left this earth too early, the significance of the album could have been barely exaggerated in the way in which it influenced his friends in Seattle on the time – however then additionally served because the a lot wanted catalyst for these bands to goal increased.
There have been already loads of bands making noise, however they’d but to interrupt out into the mainstream. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden was so taken with the loss of life of Wooden that he began the challenge Temple of the Canine (named after a line in a Woods lyric) as a tribute to him, and enlisted Gossard to assist him do the songs justice (who then later went with Pearl Jam). Alice in Chains wrote and devoted their track Would? to Andrew as nicely..
Generally albums which can be milestones in musical evolution will not be that sensational in themselves. It might be that they signify a brand new concept, or perhaps has a sure sound that others decide up and do higher. What I recognize about this album, as a (stardog) champion and harbinger of a musical style I can not stand, is that it constructed the bridge between two worlds – one dying, and one taking its first shuffles – on melodic preparations over conventional traditional rock, with deeper lyrics and a real method to laying its coronary heart naked for all to see.
I’ve nothing however fond recollections for the LA metallic scene, however it was pretend and loud, and though it served a sure function on the time, it was prepared for a Kevorkian push, and, in a means, Mom Love Bone stepped and administered the dose. Apple helped me get closure on a dying scene that I had belonged to and liked, but in addition made me realise that every one issues come to move.
Martyn Bass: Incredible band a traditional album and desires extra consideration than it does.
Jochen Scholl: A Milestone…the one Seattle Album that comes subsequent to it’s Temple Of The Canine.
Brian Carr: In additional than two and a half years of this group, I’m undecided if I’ve seen a canopy that made me vocally emote after I noticed it. Such unimaginable songs got here out of this tragically quick lived band.
The one problem for me shall be determining the distinction between Apple and what I’ve, the Mom Love Bone album that collects (I consider) every little thing they recorded.
Quentin Toussaint: Simply the perfect Ever. Excellent mixture of various kinds. After which Chloe Dancer.
Colin Livesey: Fantastic album.
John Davidson: That is the lacking hyperlink between LA rock and the Seattle sounds of the 90s and regardless of my flirtation with Nevermind, Filth, Ten and Superunknown I had by no means gone again to take a look at this – the progenitor of all of them.
There’s a sinewy beat to the album opener This Is Shangrila. The guitars and vocals curl round each other and keep it up in to the beginning of Star Canine Champion earlier than it opens up into grooving stoner soundscape. You’ll be able to virtually scent the weed and the sweat that went into making these songs.
Holy Curler has extra LA in it, with its squawking solos and tougher riff, however the supply is gentler (and in my opinion) higher sung than the histrionic vocals extra typical of the GN’R clones.
Bone China is that gradual burn mournful rocker of the kind that Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament would reproduce with Pearl Jam. Come Chew the Apple is a straight up rocker, whereas Stargazer has a languid, nearly Zeppish really feel to it. Heartshine and Captain Hello High proceed in that mould sounding like followers of The Cult and Captain particularly reveals off the grooving basslines that Ament would proceed into the higher Pearl Jam songs.
Man Of Golden Phrases is a strong “stoner” ballad and one of many highlights of the album. Capricorn Sister is one other grooving rocker with a surging refrain and a fantastic one at that. One other spotlight of the album is Light Groove. The primary chorus is piano somewhat than guitar led, however it nonetheless broods with restrained energy.
Mr Danny Boy returns the temper to the extra upbeat, funky guitar contortions that characterise a lot of the album earlier than the nearer Crown Of Thorns brings the temper down for one last time with its soulful reflections and lingering guitar refrains.
That is the start of the Seattle sound, although not but grunged up or clothed in checked shirts these songs set the tone, with sombre love songs and thinly veiled poetry in regards to the lure of heroin.
Total this can be a incredible album, it grooves you and it strikes you and it’s a rattling crying disgrace that Andrew Wooden didn’t win the battle with medicine and didn’t dwell to benefit from the fruits of his labour or make one other document of this high quality.
I’m solely sorry it took me 30 years to listen to it.
Chris McGlyn: Oh my phrase. I keep in mind the day this album got here out. I used to be managing the Our Value retailer in Bangor North Wales on the time. So I used to be in a position to play it over the weekend previous to its Monday launch day. It was proper because the funk-metal sound was peaking when abruptly this landed. It arrived shrouded within the thriller/tragedy of the loss of life of lead singer Andrew Wooden previous to launch.
The primary time I performed This Is Shangrila, it simply struck me. “What is this?” It did not sound like something I might heard earlier than. On Captain Hightop, “How are these guitars taking part in over one another however nonetheless making the track work?”
Andy Wooden simply sounded just like the famous person lead singer he was attributable to be, however that we might by no means see.
It is only a high quality album that stands by itself, however ushered within the sound that got here to be generally known as ‘grunge’ (whereas truly sounding in contrast to the opposite bands) and for me, each Apple and Temple Of The Canine (impressed by the loss of life of Andrew Wooden) stay the perfect output from the musicians who then created Pearl Jam.
A traditional album. No query.
Greg Smith” Merely put its a gem. Underrated in so some ways. Compass level for a whole scene. Stargazer…..yeah. Andy was the ringmaster of a complete vibe. One can really feel the Seattle gloom even within the brightest moments.
Hylton Blignaut: Bone China, Chloe Dancer, Man of Golden Phrases … ’nuff sed. One among my enduring favorite albums.
Jessica Jardine: 10/10 . One among a sort.
Jonathan Novajosky: This was an fascinating one, however an album I began having fun with the additional into it I obtained. Apple wasn’t as heavy as I assumed it might be, and there was a pleasant combination of softer songs thrown in like Stargazer, Man Of Golden Phrases, and Crown Of Thorns. I actually like a number of the background vocals right here – they introduced an brisk really feel to a whole lot of the songs with my favorite being Come Chew The Apple. An excellent new selection for the week. 7.5/10
Hai Kixmiller: Mom Love Bone’s debut album, Apple is an unremarkable providing. Apart from the vocal theatrics and fascinating lyrics offered by Andrew Wooden, together with a few standout tracks, Apple is only a assortment of too many mediocre songs.
I believe the enchantment of Apple stems from the lack to actually label the band and their music. In 1990, Mom Love Bone had been a rising power proper within the epicenter of a tumultuous and altering music scene. Hair metallic is in decline, different rock is making some main noise. In a single yr grunge will explode out of the alleys and gutters of Seattle and take its place as king of the rock market. Mom Love Bone would not actually match right into a style. Some songs drastically mirror the influences of Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. Different songs encourage comparisons to The Cult and Jane’s Dependancy. There are shades of GN’R’s Urge for food For Destruction and funky hints of Purple Scorching Chilli Peppers’ Mom’s Milk. Apple is actually a musical buffet of 70s and 80s music which simply will get too convoluted for my style.
I personally do not take care of the album Apple. However, I am unable to deny the expertise and talents of Mom Love Bone nor the importance of the band’s affect on different main Seattle bands. The tragic lack of Andrew Wooden will eternally power the interrogative, “what if?”. What if Andrew had lived, what would the music scene of the 90s seemed like? Would Grunge have had its impression in a world with out Pearl Jam? These are fascinating concepts to muse about however the actuality is that out of the ashes of Mom Love Bone there arose a number of the greatest rock music of a era.
Mom Love Bone had been the forerunners of grunge, the harbinger of flannel, and the precursors of heroin tragedies.
To me, Apple could have been a bit bland and never very candy, however it was a really pivotal document. However for its followers, it shined fiercely like a capturing star, its brilliance fleeting however its lustre nonetheless glowing.
Iain Macaulay: I got here to Mom Love Bone backwards. By that I imply, from Soundgarden to Temple of the Canine to Mom Love Bone. I purchased the album considering, this ought to be actually good attributable to its historical past and the pedigree of the musicians. Even though I’m not a Pearl Jam fan.
Now, whereas I completely love Temple of the Canine, I initially thought Mom Love Bone to be simply an ordinary, barroom, funky, sleazy, psychedelic band, not too far faraway from The Cult and GN’R, even Bang Tango in locations, with a smattering of Jane’s Dependancy thrown in for good measure. At the moment I felt fairly underwhelmed listening to it. A case of been there, heard that, what was all of the fuss about? You’ll be able to hear Jeff Ament experimenting with what would turn into that Pearl Jam model within the music too, particularly on Come Chew the Apple. Which made me suppose, so?
It took numerous months and some curious return listens to come back at it objectively and actually hear it.
It’s not an ideal album by any means. However then, only a few first albums are. But the extra you get into it the higher it will get, the extra the model begins to type and the songwriting pulls collectively and actually begs the query, might a second album have actually completed it for them? Amongst so many others.
There is no such thing as a denying this can be a huge piece of different musical historical past. Not in contrast to that of Pleasure Division’s Nearer. By that I imply, one other album by a revered band that was set to propel them into the stratosphere however for the singers premature loss of life. Or, does that make it extra of a curiosity piece as a result of it wasn’t given the prospect to develop?
No matter your view, I just like the album now. There may be a lot to latch onto throughout the entire listening expertise and the range of songs reveals how the grunge scene developed, multi functional album. Full on groove rockers, aggressive darkish hitters, dreamy psych jams and clever acoustic taking part in. Songs for everybody.
Mike Knoop: Like earlier membership decide, King’s X’s Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, I picked up Apple whereas in music shops a number of occasions, however it by no means fairly made it to the money register for some purpose.
As telegraphed by the album cowl, singer Andrew Wooden is the whooshing, whooping focus and an unrepentant rock star within the making. The free affiliation lyrics don’t make a whole lot of sense however positive sound cool when howled out. Within the music, I can hear each Sonic Temple-era Cult and what would turn into Pearl Jam – I’m fairly positive that is the track Even Stream hiding in Heartshine.
I additionally hear a whole lot of the mighty Led Zeppelin in a means that wasn’t fetishised because it was by metallic bands like Kingdom Come or 80s-era Whitesnake. Most of all, Mom Love Bone appeared to concentrate to Zep’s “mild and shade.” Chest beaters like Holly Curler, Captain Hello-High, and Capricorn Sister steadiness nicely with extra meditative items like Stargazer, Man Of Golden Phrases, and Light Groove. That is an oversimplification for brevity as a result of the dynamics throughout the songs are excellent as nicely.
What I don’t like about Mom Love Bone shouldn’t be their fault, and that’s their exalted place in music historical past. That is different rock with 30/70 steadiness between the primary and second phrase. There’s nothing incorrect with that and it was worlds higher than the more and more stale sounds coming from the Sundown Strip; however bands just like the Jane’s Dependancy, the Purple Scorching Chili Peppers, and Seattle brethren Soundagarden had been already doing extra for this phase of the approaching Various Nation than Apple ever would simply by itself. And that is simply naming the bands already on main labels. The loss of life of Andrew Wooden begat Temple of the Canine which begat Pearl Jam, and that is when heads began to swivel. If we ever meet in a bar, don’t even get me began on Nirvana.
However’s that every one simply fussin’ over one mythology versus one other. I really like that Andrew Wooden namechecks each his personal band and Freddie Mercury in Capricorn Sister. I really like that he quotes Muhammad Ali in Bone China. I really like the children’ voices that sing us out of Stardog Champion. And any album with group sung “woohoos” is price quite a lot of listens.
Invoice Griffin: Of the albums reviewed in right here that I’ve by no means heard earlier than, this is likely to be the primary one I’ve totally loved. It’s a nice album.
Carl Black: A really adequate album within the historical past of grunge and trendy rock music. Issues might have turned out loads completely different. Pearl Jam’s early materials is ideal in some ways and that might all have been misplaced if Mom Love Bone had continued. I nonetheless need the man on the plant, it was a tragic day when he died. I am simply making the purpose that life is filled with pleased (and unhappy) accidents. What would MLB gone onto produce? What would Eddie Vedder have completed? I can hear a whole lot of the constructing blocks to Ten on this document however its within the extra sentimental and slower songs that actually get my curiosity. The extra rocky songs sound like a second fee Chilli Peppers crossed with Sooner Pussycat. Its a very good album however not an amazing one with some peaks and a few troughs.
Brian Carr: Virtually with out fail I’m not in favour of classifying music. As with each human being with ears, some music resonates with me and a few doesn’t. Placing music in classes is nearly as dangerous as placing individuals in classes, typically making them straightforward to stereotype and dismiss, somewhat than give an individual/artist/album/track an opportunity to share their distinctive story with the world. Mom Love Bone will get labeled ‘grunge’ due to their metropolis of origin and the bands that preceded and adopted. In actuality, Apple has as many variations to the ‘style’ than similarities.
The nineties music scene coincided with my music retail days and although I liked the vast majority of eighties exhausting rock (and nonetheless do) there was a lot from the Pacific Northwest that I appreciated simply fantastic. Sufficient that I caught the film Singles within the theatre and acquired the soundtrack. I’m pretty sure that was my introduction to Mom Love Bone; that album incorporates the superbly superb Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns. Sooner or later the track moved me to take a look at the Mom Love Bone CD that mixed Apple with their Shine EP (Or I heard it first – who the hell can actually do not forget that way back?).
I do know that I liked it instantly, notably the opener That is Shangrila and the entire ballads. I realized to play and sing Stargazer at one level, I dug it a lot. The extra I listened, the extra the rockers gained traction on my musical palate. The songs have groove and sweetness and the guitar interaction is superb. However much more, I liked Andrew Wooden’s quirky however melodic voice. It completely resonated with me and nonetheless does. Wooden grew up within the seventies and liked Elton John and Kiss (he wore full face paint in his prior band Malfunkshun); this affect reveals in his supply and the songs, and might be why I prefer it a lot. Apple nearly definitely isn’t an ideal album, however it’s a 10 for me personally.
Aspect notice: I watched Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wooden Story once more tonight earlier than writing. Fascinating and heartbreaking and completely price watching.
Last Rating: 7.44⁄10 (96 votes forged, with a complete rating of 715)
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