Back in the dark days before Grunge became a horrible buzzword, there was an untapped community of music happening in Seattle. Bands like Mudhoney, Tad and Soundgarden were thriving in the scene, Pearl Jam wasn't even a sparkle in Eddie Vedder's eye yet and Nirvana might have just been crafting the songs that went into their debut album Bleach. I'm talkin' 1987.
It was during that time that Soundgarden offered up the classic EPs Screaming Life and Fopp, both separate releases but later repackaged together in 1990, perhaps to cash in on the massive interest in the Seattle scene at the time. Those two EPs are now being reissued again, by Sub Pop Records on Nov. 26.
The difference this time around is a) remastering by original producer Jack Endino, b) will be on vinyl for the first time since the original pressing in the 80s, and will c) be offered digitally. Check out the massive sound for the song “Nothing To Say” below.
Jack Endino offered up his take on the experience at the time: “Ah, Screaming Life, Soundgarden's debut, and one of the first real records I made for anyone outside my own band. I already knew Soundgarden pretty well, since they and Skin Yard had shared the stage many times in Seattle's tiny club scene circa 1985-1986. Soon after opening Reciprocal Recording in July 1986, there I was with Soundgarden, trying to make the most of our eight tracks. Somehow, we found room for all of Matt Cameron’s “bonus tubs,” Hiro’s primordial Fender bass, and a whopping four tracks to share between Kim Thayil's mad guitar psychedelia and Chris Cornell's still-expanding voice. “Nothing To Say” was the song that made us all look at each other and go, ‘uh, holy crap, how did we do this?’”