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Mother Love Bone

Before Pearl Jam, there was Mother Love Bone. Future Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard (guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass) were founders of this Seattle-based glam/punk outfit, which was fronted by flamboyant singer Andrew Wood. But despite countless accolades from the press and their peers, the group's career was cut short before it could truly blossom due to tragedy.

Both Gossard and Ament had previously been members of Seattle garage rockers Green River (a group that also included future Mudhoney members Mark Arm and Steve Turner), and upon the group's breakup in 1988, the guitarist and bassist stuck together, looking to form a group more a kin to the arena rockers of their youth (Kiss, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Queen, etc.). Joining Gossard and Ament was drummer Greg Gilmore, second guitarist Bruce Fairweather, and the aforementioned Wood on vocals. Wood (who was previously known as Landrew the Love Child as a member of another Seattle outfit, Malfunkshun) was the complete opposite of the prototypical Seattle frontman as he patterned his look and vocal style after such renowned frontmen as Freddie Mercury, Paul Stanley, and Marc Bolan. But although the group had a few similarities to the then-flourishing glam metal scene, the group's sound was tougher and more rooted in classic rock than their soon-to-be disposable glam contemporaries.

The group created a buzz from the get-go as the quintet inked a deal with Polygram shortly after forming and were given their own label, Stardog, resulting in the release of the six-track EP Shine in 1989. The year was spent touring and plotting their full-length debut, which was eventually completed by the end of the year, with a projected release in spring of 1990. Expectations for the disc were high and sensing this, Wood wanted to be at his best, so the singer checked himself into a rehab center to try and conquer an addiction to heroin. But on March 16, 1990, Wood was found by his fiancée unconscious in his bed, having overdosed on the drug. Despite efforts to revive him, Wood was eventually pronounced dead three days later. Devastated, the group called it quits as the resulting album, Apple, was issued several months later in the fall of 1990.

Gossard and Ament slowly worked their way back into music, as they joined up with Soundgarden members Matt Cameron and Chris Cornell (the latter a good friend and former roommate of Wood's) to record a pair of songs that Cornell had penned for the late singer. But the sessions soon took on a life of their own and a full album's worth of tunes was recorded, issued as a self-titled release in 1991 under the name of Temple of the Dog (a phrase from one of Wood's lyrics). The album also saw contributions from guitarist Mike McCready and singer Eddie Vedder, two musicians who Gossard and Ament had been jamming with, soon resulting in the formation of Pearl Jam. With both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam enjoying massive commercial success in 1992, Temple of the Dog enjoyed a second wind on the charts and became a sizeable hit, as interest in Mother Love Bone perked up as well. Sensing this, Polygram reissued both Shine and Apple together as a self-titled release, as well as a home video Love Bone Earth Affair. In addition, the epic Mother Love Bone song "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" was included on the hit soundtrack to the movie Singles the same year. Besides Gossard and Ament, the other surviving members of Mother Love Bone have subsequently issued recordings as part of other bands, as well (Fairweather with Love Battery and Gilmore with a host of others, including Carrie Clark, Doghead, etc.). ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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We were waiting to see them live....I hate pearl giz
Gone to soon love child
skyhawk72342
Landrew Wood the Love Child!!
Like my love im on fire
CYfdfgydtssr z d d d f u
rob3112005
Pictures
Mrs Mother Love it!
What happened during the recording and writing of all Mother love Bone songs was devine intervention of which the likes will never be seen or heard again. Andrew Wood was a pure musical genius
Pear is one of the greatest band ever !!!
a seminal seed for the Seattle scene... so sad so many of the leaves withered and died from the herbicide
i knew Stone Gossard was in this band but i just realized that Jeff Ament was also in this band

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jam of the pearl
The boys from Mother Love Bone are good for ya. They're like soup. There like.. nothing bad.... lemme tell you that much.

Found this band about 20 years ago, and it's still my favorite.
Discovering this band changed my life...
wow andrew wood just another seattle tragedy.moth e r love bone 4life
Only one album but even after all these still one of my favorites!!
icywind1980
God Andy was a genius and well ahead of his time. Sucks hard that he's gone, the world lost so much talent that day.
vancecityvor t e x
Every time I listen to Mother Love Bone I'm torn between what could have been and my love for Pearl Jam. I wish somehow both could have existed for many years. RIP Andy and thank you for the great music you left behind.
rip
this sound is electric, on the top of my favs. Andrew Wood was awesome on lyrics. a good ol mississippi boy
Andrew Wood's lyrics and voice got me thru some of the toughest parts of my life. I miss him every day! Man of golden words. R.I.P
fc662004
I LOVE THIS BAND
danamm27
I love mother love bone, Chloe crown of thorns is one of my favorite songs.
Aw s**t, every time I see this band's name or hear a song or two, I just f**king lose it. I knew Andrew Wood, he was like an uncle to me. We'll always miss you Andrew, RIP.
this was the best band ever!
robert.elias
Hey does anyone know where I can find the sheet music for the whole album? I am wanted to do a project with a couple of my buddies and possibly cover some of their tunes... thanks for the feed back...

This is one of the best albums prior to PJ "ALIVE"
addiction isn't a disease. Basehead. I wouldn't say they are like alice in chains at all, I would say more like the Cult, Jane's Addiction or Aerosmith
n amazing talent cut short buy an ugly diseas. RIP Landrew
awesome
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andy wood baby the man
man of the golden words
words and music ....
living in the temple of the dog

pure excellence
forever live on mother love bone
Growing up in Seattle as a teenager, before grunge really hit, these guys were a huge buzz. You could just tell that big things were coming for the regions music.
these guys rule
Mother Love Bone, in it's short time, was 10x better than Pearl Jam. And I liked Pearl Jam's early stuff. Apple was an incredible album. They will always have a huge impact.
Hey Angel, you don't like them, that cool. Stop posting on this place.
i like this band but then agian i like guns and roses i may just like this band becuase i compare them to Pearl Jam which in my opinion these guys are better than PJ
I loved em.. They were a good band that had a lot of original music... only post Im leaving here
Dude why are you so f**ked up i was just saying their a good band and got cut short and you got to throw your insults my way just mellow out and stop being a dick. if you dont like them just say it and leave the discussion board you have nothing useful to say so get the f**k off
great band i like them almost more than pearl jam i think wood might be better than vedder its a crime thats they could never fully blossom into what was surley to come a great rock band who would have stayed on the charts and cranked out some great tunes for years
mcseanachie
Every time I hear them, I am there in the crowd, and I miss Mother Love Bone.
ssewb
c.o.t. is truly a timeless song, it sounds different everytime i hear it through my mlb station. it brings out differing feelings, emotions, visions, etc. i wish i lived in the seattle area during the genesis of their music scene at the time, i would totally have rocked my brains out. rip andrew...
Truly excellent, a tragedy to have lost this man indeed.
WHAT HAPPENED TO MUSICANS WHO THOUGHT 4 THEMSELVES AND WROTE SONGS WITH CONVICTION AND GUTS AND PRACTICING THERE CRAFT. gROOVIN bASS
One of the greatest bands ever. Too bad their tenure was cut so short.
good times. where the hell did the time go.
Chris Cornel may have a better singing voice but man, Andrew had all the personality! More than even Bon,to me. Great timeless rock! Breakin Kurt Cobain and all them dead Seattle bands backs- I think he even bathed regularly... . F e e l groovey music with songs about life&livin.. Awesome!!! Do ya think Eddie Vetter's knows how pathetic his work sounds compared to Andrew's one job???? ..... Kurt knew.
hafpint2002
Have been a huge fan since way back, Like dogg (below) says, an excellent thinking and drinking music. Andrew's lyrics are very powerful.App l e has been in my disc changer or not to far from it since it came out!!!
It dosn't get any better then this band this is my all time fav band.
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