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Sub Pop co-founder, Bruce Pavitt released the first record by the U-Men, a 4-song 12” EP on Bombshelter Records. By the time they had recorded songs for another record, Bruce was too broke to release it on his proto-Sub Pop label, so he hooked them up with Gerard Cosloy at Homestead Records. This was a big deal. Homestead had a heavy rep at the time with recent releases by Foetus, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, and Big Black. I was sure that the release of their second 12”, Stop Spinning, would propel the U-Men into the ranks of those Homestead acts and the worldwide underground would get hip to Seattle’s finest.

Following the departure of bassist Jim Tillman (replaced by Tom Hazelmyer of Amphetamine Reptile Records, and then Tony
Ransome), the band recorded two fantastic singles, and recorded their one full-length album, Step on a Bug, for Black Label,
which was run out of Fallout Records. They became increasingly disenchanted with the direction the Seattle underground was
heading and called it quits in 1989.

The U-Men had nothing to do with Grunge. They were their own unique thing. I loved them and I still miss them. I remember
thinking at the time that most of their recordings were a little soft and didn’t capture the power of the band live. Now, thirty
years later, their records sound great to me and we are lucky that they exist. I’m stoked that Sub Pop complied these long
out-of-print records and scrounged up some unreleased songs so that everyone has a chance to take a trip back to old weird
Seattle.

—Mark Arm, Seattle, August 2017


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