Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm was asked in a recent interview with if he is bitter that Mudhoney haven’t had the same commercial success as fellow Seattle bands Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Arm responded, “Not at all. These are all old good friends of mine and I’ve always been nothing but happy for their success.” Arm also said there’s a reason Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard went off and did their own thing after Green River, “There’s a reason that Green River split up. They’re making their own way doing their own their music and we’re totally content in our little world making our own music.”

  • Raj

    Sometimes not having a lot of commercial success can be a good thing, look at what happened to Kurt Cobain and Layne Stayley.

    Sure, maybe you won’t sign to a major label,sell as many records, play in big arenas, have millions of fans but sometimes living a quieter life is better. It’s what the big guys miss.

    The Melvins, Mudhoney, Tad, Sonic Youth, etc. keep chugging along and just doing their thing.

  • GenXLady

    Mudhoney always gets held up as the band that didn’t compromise themselves to get on a major label. Whether or not that’s true, it seems like the guys in the band ended up being content people in life. There is something to be said for that. Aren’t they releasing a new album soon too? Awesome.

  • Pingfah

    They are a well known and respected name in rock circles, and have the opportunity to make a living doing what they love. That’s a dream come true for any musician, so I am not surprised he is not bitter.

  • Rooster

    I like bands like Mudhoney. Bands that my dad thinks haven’t ‘made it’ but still make a pretty good living touring and making records.

  • a lone voice of reason

    Doesn’t Mark Arm work for Sub Pop to make ends meet as he can’t make a living from Mudhoney?

  • johnny208

    Mudhoney don’t make a living from music entirely. Yes, Mark works for sb, Guy works at a hospital and Steve and Dan probably have something to else to do too. Can’t wait for Vanishing Point!

  • Christine

    Why would any of them be, they did/do what they do because they like it and their catalog stands onto itself. Bands owe Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr., and Sonic Youth a debt of gratitude in a mutual admiration society sort of way.

    Mark Arm Works for SubPop because he wants to do so. His family is fine. He’s not in poverty, he remains one of us.

  • Grungecaster 1

    The true essence of the grunge rock music community is that each artists makes up their own ideals about what rock should sound like, so for a dedicated band like Mudhoney to not sell out to the big corporate industry but instead stay to their true ideals of making rock music that some people can listen to and relate to, that says a lot too :) Pearl Jam and Soundgarden wanted to become big time rock bands so they that everyone of all demographics and social-cultural backgrounds can listen to and appreciate. I think its a good balance. There are lots of original punk , garage and grunge bands today and back in the 1980s and 1990s who havent seen the big time success, bands like Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Rocket From The Crypt, The Mooney Suzuki, The Dirtbombs and Pennywise have all had fairly successful albums and sold out shows , sometimes without the support of the big record companies. We need more bands like that in todays washed up empty popular industry which doesnt value true musicianship, instead only respects style over substance.

  • Silver

    I think all of this is bullshit, of course they wanted to go mainstream and be successful, of course anyone who is on the music industry is waiting for a big corporate industry to represent them and invest on them, is not that they wanted to stay true to their ideas and therefore they didn’t go mainstream
    PJ, SG, nirvana, AIC, they all stayed true to their ideas the only difference is that some music corporate thought they were good enough to make some good money and sell records, this thing didn’t happen with Mudhoney or The Melvins or other bands
    I’m not telling that they are not good, only that they were not good enough to become a successful band

  • Christine

    @GC1, thank you for mentioning Social Distortion. Props.

  • Deviate

    I wouldn’t say they they “weren’t good enough to become successful” because they absolutely were/are. Just look at all the garbage out there that was/is successful for crying out loud.

    I believe the issue is that they just weren’t as marketable as their peers that were. They didn’t showcase the “image” that the industry was trying to exploit during various times.

    And I do like to think that Mark and these guys are perfectly content with their more humble, niche based, less-radio-mainstream exposure careers, where they don’t feel like they constantly have to conform to what everyone else wants or says they should sound like.

  • qerty

    Mark’s a standup guy. When Green River split he didn’t try to restart a new one with replacement band members unlike *some* Seattle folk out there.