SOUNDGARDEN
MICROSOFT MUSIC CENTRAL 96

LABEL
Sub Pop

CATALOG #
HR-61449-2

RELEASE DATE
Dec 01 1988

SUB-POP-200 was released in December 1988 as 3 12" LPs packaged with a 20-page booklet -- the release was limited to 5000 copies. Originals sell for upwards of US$75 in some stores. In November 1991, the compilation was reissued on compact disc. On September 12, 1995, it was reissued a second time on CD in a small cardboard box. According to Suzy Davenport of Sub Pop, "We've reissued the Sub Pop 200 CD with a new booklet that's like a CD-size version of the book that came with the original three-LP boxed set. Lots of cool Charles Peterson photos and funny staff pictures."

The album features 20 bands, including those who are now considered to be the defining bands of the "Seattle sound": Soundgarden, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Green River, Screaming Trees, etc. The truth is that all of the bands on this comp are or were incredibly influential. The track list, separated to represent the layout of the original 6 sides of the vinyl release, is as follows:

  1. Tad - Sex God Missy
  2. The Fluid - Is it Day I'm Seeing?
  3. Nirvana - Spank Thru
  4. Steven J. Bernstein - Come Out Tonight

  5. Mudhoney - The Rose
  6. Walkabouts - Got No Chains
  7. Terry Lee Hale - Dead is Dead

  8. Soundgarden - Sub Pop Rock City
  9. Green River - Hangin' Tree
  10. Fastbacks - Swallow My Pride

  11. Blood Circus - The Outback
  12. Swallow - Zoo
  13. Chemistry Set - Underground

  14. Girl Trouble - Gonna Find A Cave
  15. The Nights and Days - Split
  16. Cat Butt - Big Cigar

  17. Beat Happening - Pajama Party In A Haunted Hive
  18. Screaming Trees - Love or Confusion
  19. Steve Fisk - Untitled
  20. Thrown Ups - You Lost It

Soundgarden's contribution to the compilation, "Sub Pop Rock City," appears nowhere else (aside from a comp that was released in Germany in 1989 under license from Sub Pop). It was more of a joke than anything else. In Guitar School magazine (May 1994), Kim Thayil explains:

"We wrote that song with [Kiss'] 'Detroit Rock City' in mind. I wrote the riffs and jammed a bunch of grooves together. I thought we'd make it a little 'butt rock.' It's the only time you'll here a boogie riff in a Soundgarden song; we threw it in mostly for humour."

"While we were in the studio recording Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman from Sub Pop were very concerned about what we were doing. They'd call the studio and we wouldn't answer. Jack Endino, who produced the track, just left the answering machine on. We took the messages from Bruce and Jonathan and sampled sections of them to come up with the fake conversation that's on 'Sub Pop Rock City.'"

You can check out the lyrics or listen to a sound clip [AU: 554,384].