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1990 // Mother Love Bone // Three Kings and a Crown of Thorns

Grunge has always been a genre used to express the hardships and turmoil of life. And for the kings of the Puget Sound, these unfortunate hardships will serve as the fuel that propels them into stardom.

Episode written by J. Thorn, edited by Eve Paludan.

Recorded at 88.7 FM WJCU studios.

Audio mixed and engineered by Adam Phillips.

Produced by J. Thorn and Adam Phillips.

All research was conducted at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Library and Archives in Cleveland, Ohio, with a special thanks to Jennie Thomas, Director of Archives, William Jackson, Archives Assistant, Sule Holder, Library Assistant, and Laura Maidens, Librarian.

Music Credits:

California Wind  – Bruno E.

Fresno Alley-Josh Lippi & The Overtimers

Burning Time – Threefold Law

Hueristics for the Brain- pATCHES

Introspective Spacewalk- Asher Fulero

Shoelace- Quincas Moreira

St Francis- Josh Lippi & The Overtimers

The Saloon Josh Lippi & The Overtimers

They Might Not- Puddle of Infinity

adriann- door slam- from

Hupguy- heart monitor- from

ukjoncollins billingsgate fish market- from

soapybubl- low boom- from

StrangerEight- acoustic ambient- from

aceinet- Floyd filtertron AC- from

InspectorJ- ambience seaside waves close A- from

Johanneskristjansson- cheer crowd- from

zerolagtime-  tape slow1- from

For a complete list of sources cited, see the show notes for this episode.


Grunge. Abrams, 2009.

Yarm, Mark. Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge. Crown Archetype, 2011.

Clarke, Martin. None Too Fragile: Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder. Plexus, 2011.

Neely, Kim. Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story. Penguin Books, 1998.

Peterson, Charles, and Lance Mercer. Pearl Jam: Place/Date. Universe, 1999.

Pearl Jam Twenty. Simon & Schuster, 2011.

Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA.


5 thoughts on “1990 // Mother Love Bone // Three Kings and a Crown of Thorns”

  1. Music emotionally resonant with Generation X–so true! I had a conversation with Layne Staley once and told him how the song Love, Hate, Love helped me get over a bad breakup. He said it helped him too. I did not know Chris Cornell was so instrumental in welcoming Eddie Vedder into the Seattle scene. Very cool. They were both phenomenal front men.

    “…the consequences of that action, one that OUTSHINED the sadness of Wood’s passing.” I heard what you did there. 😉

    I was so ready for the hair/glam metal scene to die. I lived in Southern California at the time and was really into the Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. When the Seattle bands showed up, I was glad to see them. I saw most of them before they ever got big. Alice in Chains hadn’t even released Facelift the first time I saw them. They were amazing. Layne Staley completely mesmerized me. They remain one of my favorite bands.

    I’m fortunate I got to see Temple of the Dog in 1991 (at the Hollywood Palladium!). AiC, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden also played that show. Wow. I went on to see them all several more times. I saw Nirvana live a couple of times too. I’m sad we no longer have Layne Staley, Chris Cornell or Kurt Cobain in the world. 🙁

    1. You are fortunate indeed. TOD didn’t play many shows back in the day.

      Zach thinks AIC is a better band now than they were with Layne. I totally disagree. They might be better musically, but you’re right, there was something about Staley. That Mad Season record makes me cry every time I listen to it.

  2. I’d forgotten about Mad Season! I’ll have to go listen to it. Thanks for the reminder.

    I do like AiC’s new stuff; in fact, Voices is one of my favorite songs by them. Jerry Cantrell is an incredible songwriter.

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