Friday, August 02, 2019

"They eventually just said I was 'not McDonald's material'"

Like most of us, Mudhoney's Mark Arm has had his fair share of shitty jobs - from working in McDonald's to a stint in a plastic bucket factory. As he recalls in this Gig Economy piece for Talkhouse, though, in other jobs he found himself working alongside some of the people who would also come to popular attention following the grunge explosion: Green River bandmate Bruce Fairweather, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Tad Doyle, Sub Pop founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman.

These days he can be found managing Sub Pop's warehouse, and therefore in the unusual position of distributing his own band's releases: "a real grounding experience, because I have no delusion of how well our records sell". At least his current employers are more sympathetic that previous ones to his need for extended periods of time off for touring...

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