I believe I was living in Tulsa at the time and I was pretty far removed from what was going on in the Pacific Northwest. I knew this girl who had the Sub Pop 2000 Box Set and it blew my mind. I became aware of Mudhoney, Green River, Nirvana from her. I thought the Northwest Sound started there. I started digging further, discovering Am Rep.
I first discovered the U-Men on the Dope Guns and Fucking comp released on Amphetamine Reptile sometime in 1988. It was a great 7inch with Mudhoney, Halo of Flies and The Thrown Ups. Somehow though amongst all those great bands, the U-Men stood out. I investigated.
I found out that the U-Men had been around in Seattle since the hardcore days, churning out insanely cool music that was very influential to the nascent “grunge scene”. It was also very reminiscent of The Birthday Party….one of the most incredible ensembles in the history of recorded music.
In the end, like the best rock-n-roll, The U-Men are impossible to categorize. Historically, I would place them alongside Scratch Acid, although The U-Men had a tendency to rock out harder.
For a group that many people are unfamiliar with, The U-Men has quite a discography. I have posted thier 2 7inchers for your listening pleasure. I personally think Solid Action is superior. Dig it baby!