27 years ago today the world lost the mighty Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, one of the pioneers of the Seattle scene in the 1990s. I’ve always said that without Andrew Wood, there would never be the success of my favourite bands today.
I can easily say that Mother Love Bone’s album, Apple, is my favourite album of all time. I don’t use that term lightly. Each song on the album is so unique and different to the rest. It’s simply a marvellous piece of music.
Andrew himself was so unique. So eccentric and raw. He unfortunately did not get to spend enough time on this planet, to make more music and fill the world with his grace and talent. But he will always be remembered as a true legend.
Andrew’s presence in the Seattle scene in the 90s is so underrated in my opinion. Mother Love Bone isn’t that much of a well known band; more of a local Seattle band at the time. Everyone knows Pearl Jam. Founding members of PJ, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, were guitarist and bass player for Mother Love Bone respectively, and both were good friends with Andrew. If it wasn’t for Andrew, they would have never got the inspiration to form PJ. Another good friend of Andrew was Chris Cornell, singer and guitarist for Soundgarden. He too, was always inspired by Mother Love Bone and Andrew. Lastly, Alice in Chains would never be where they were today without him. Their most well known song, ‘Would?’, was written about Andrew by Jerry Cantrell.
No wonder so many were inspired by Andrew, his music was so captivating. ‘Apple’ is an album I listen to all the time and never get bored. Everyone that I have showed the album to has loved it. There is so much funk and groove, yet not straying away from rock. Each song had so much talent and effort poured into it. Yet unfortunately, Andrew died before the album was released in 1990. He never got to know the impact of the album on everyone.
This is the kind of music that the world lacks today. It’s real music. Here is the full album below:
When I was lucky enough to go to Seattle in the summer of 2015, I was so excited to explore all the places associated with the some of my favourite bands. I took the Stalking Seattle tour, which was amazing. We went up to Kerry Park where you can see great views of the city, and where Andrew Wood famously posed at the Changing Form sculpture. It’s embarrassing that I didn’t get the pose quite right, but still a cool thing to have been there.
So, I’m writing this blog post to hopefully make Andrew and Mother Love Bone get more recognition that they deserve. The music is just so good, I don’t even know how to express my love for it properly. It is certainly a landmark album for the Seattle scene, and also the grunge genre.
And as for Andrew, he will always be remembered for his distinctive voice, unrepeatable style and his flawless music. The brilliant music. I will never stop loving his music.
Andrew Wood, January 8th 1966 – March 18th 1990.