Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sub Pop: 001-100

This weekend is Sub Pop's big 20th anniversary celebration (and music festival,) and I've been trying to put together Rhapsody playlists of all the albums in the Seattle record label's catalogue, and it's quite an undertaking. So we're breaking it up... and we'll start with the first 100 releases (SP001-100).


Playlist: Sub Pop 001-100 (Link to launch client)
Tracklisting and corresponding catalogue #

The early years were very Northwest focused, with Denver's Fluid and France's Les Thugs taking SP out of their familiar confines. Both bands are reuniting for this weekend, along with the highly anticipated reunion of Sub Pop's first band, Green River. The other two acts playing this weekend who are part of the first 100 releases include the (still together and relevant) Mudhoney, and a reunited Love Battery (not billed as of yet, but I have it on good authority from the current bass player that they'll be there). It would've been nice to get either Tad or Afghan Whigs together for the show as well, but am I really going to complain about the lineup?

The first 100 releases have some fine album covers, thanks to a controlled look and feel that Poneman and Pavitt utilized for the label, but my favorite still has to be The Dwarves' Blood Guts and Pussy. It's disgusting, vile, degrading, sexy and sophomoric all at the same time -- which makes it all the more punk rock.

Here's some great recent pieces on Sub Pop relating to these first releases in relation to the anniversary:
Sub Pop 20 (Seattle Weekly)
Sub Pop turns 20: A brief history (Chicago Tribune)
Sub Pop Turns 20 (The Guardian UK)
What's this generation coming to? The Sub Pop Singles Club (Pitchfork)
Old Men River - Green River (Seattle Weekly)
Think Local, Sign Global - Les Thugs (Seattle Weekly)

2 comments:

drake leLane said...

Sub Pop SP001-SP100

1. Kill Yr. Idols - Sonic Youth - #SP010 (Sub Pop 100)
2. This Town - Green River - #SP011 (Dry as a Bone EP)
3. Hunted Down - Soundgarden - #SP012 (Screaming Life EP)
4. Two Way Street - Blood Circus - #SP013 (single)
5. Swallow My Pride - Green River - #SP015 (Rehab Doll)
6. Fopp - Soundgarden - #SP017 (Fopp EP)
7. Touch Me I'm Sick - Mudhoney - #SP018 (single)
8. Hate The Police - Mudhoney - #SP021 (Superfuzz Bigmuff)
9. My Dad's Dead - Blood Circus - #SP022 (Primal Rock Therapy)
10. Love Buzz - Nirvana - #SP023 (single)
11. Zoo - Swallow - #SP024 (Swallow)
12. The Rose - Mudhoney - #SP025 (Sub Pop 200)
13. Halloween - Sonic Youth - #SP026 (split single w/ Mudhoney)
14. Sex God Missy - Tad - #SP027 (God's Balls)
15. Strychnine / Peace, Love And Understanding - The Flaming Lips - #SP028 (single)
16. Chess & Crimes - Les Thugs - #SP029 (single)
17. Long Black Veil - The Walkabouts - #SP031 (Cataract)
18. I Am The Sticks - Afghan Whigs - #SP032 (Single)
19. You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face) - Mudhoney - #SP033 (Single)
20. Blew - Nirvana - #SP034 (Bleach)
21. New Kind Of Kick - Mad Daddys - #SP035 (Single)
22. Is It Day I'm Seeing - Fluid - #SP036 (Roadmouth)
23. I Need You - Les Thugs - #SP038 (Electric Troubles)
24. Big Cigar - Cat Butt - #SP041 (Journey to the Center of Cat Butt)
25. Rip 'N' Dig - Cosmic Psychos - #SP042 (Go the Hack)
26. Baby Help Me Forget - Mudhoney - #SP044 (Single)
27. Here Comes Sickness - Mudhoney - #SP044 (S/T)
28. Between The Eyes - Love Battery - #SP045 (Single)
29. Change Has Come - Screaming Trees - #SP048 (Change Has Come)
30. She's Dead - Dwarves - #SP050 (Single)
31. Joe #1 - Fugazi - #SP052 (Single)
32. Let’s Get Naked (Live) - Thee Hypnotics - #SP054 (Live'r than God)
33. Tomorrow - Fluid - #SP057 (Single)
34. Shove - L7 - #SP058 (Single)
35. Saddle Tramp - Dickless - #SP059 (Single)
36. Hated - Afghan Whigs - #SP060 (Up in It)
37. Where Did You Sleep Last Night - Mark Lanegan - #SP061 (The Winding Sheet)
38. Thorn - Mudhoney - #SP062 (Single)
39. House - Babes in Toyland - #SP066 (Single)
40. Let's F*ck - Dwarves - #SP067 (Blood Guts and Pussy)
41. The Wagon - Dinosaur Jr - #SP068 (Single)
42. Davey Crockett - Thee Headcoats - #SP071 (Single)
43. Earache My Eye - Rollins Band - #SP072 (Single)
44. Dive - Nirvana - #SP073 (Single)
45. Red Head Walking - Beat Happening - #SP074 (Single)
46. Vandal-X - Unsane - #SP076 (Single)
47. Don't Worry - Sister Double Happiness - #SP077 (Single)
48. Fast And Frightening - L7 - #SP079 (Smell the Magic)
49. Drugstore - Dwarves - #SP081 (Single)
50. No Way Out - Thee Headcoats - #SP0821 (Heavens to Murgatroyd)
51. Room A Thousand Years Wide - Soundgarden - #SP083 (Single)
52. Hey Cuz - Afghan Whigs - #SP0843 (Single)
53. Lies - Coffin Break - #SP085 (Single)
54. Taken By Surprise - Poison Idea - #SP086 (Single)
55. Giant Killer - Tad - #SP089 (8-Way Santa)
56. Tristessa - Smashing Pumpkins - #SP090 (Single)
57. Creel - Rein Sanction - #SP091 (Single)
58. Let It Slide - Mudhoney - #SP095 (Single)
59. Psychobilly Freakout - Reverend Horton Heat - #SP096 (Smoke 'em if You Got 'em/Single)
60. Left Behind - Beat Happening - #SP098 (Single)
61. Jack Pepsi - Tad - #SP100 (Single)

J Shifty said...

Wow, once again your commitment in the name of research and assembly are to be heartily commended, young man!

Thank you for the hard work and the enriching of my philistine eardrums and brain in the days to come.