Salt Lick (Deluxe Edition - Remastered) TAD

Album info

Album-Release:
1990

HRA-Release:
01.11.2016

Label: Sub Pop Records

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Adult Alternative

Album including Album cover

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  • 1Axe to Grind02:11
  • 2High on the Hog02:29
  • 3Wood Goblins03:15
  • 4Hibernation02:57
  • 5Glue Machine03:45
  • 6Potlatch03:26
  • 7Loser03:26
  • 8Cooking with Gas03:21
  • 9Habit Necessity03:00
  • 10Damaged02:44
  • Total Runtime30:34

Info for Salt Lick (Deluxe Edition - Remastered)

After their 1989 debut album, God’s Balls, TAD continued to write and record, releasing a string of singles and the Salt Lick EP between 1989 and 1990. Salt Lick features the single “Wood Goblins,” the video for which MTV banned because it was, to the delicate eyes of MTV programmers, “too ugly.” The sounds of Salt Lick are, indeed, wonderfully ugly, thanks in part to the involvement of noise-rock technician Steve Albini (Big Black, Shellac, Nirvana, The Jesus Lizard), who recorded the EP. The band continued to release singles and gain momentum in the press. As TAD himself puts it: “Lyrically we had a lot of subject matter that was meant to be tongue-in-cheek from the beginning but that was presented by both Sub Pop and us as true-to-life. The press took it all seriously and began to feed on and ravenously devour the mythology we created.”

This reissue of Salt Lick includes tracks from the “Wood Goblins” single, a split 7” with Pussy Galore, and the “Loser” 7”. This material has been out of print on vinyl/CD for many years, and this is its first digital release.

Tad Doyle, vocals, guitar (1988–99)
Gary Thorstensen, guitar (1988–94)
Kurt Danielson, bass (1988–99)
Steve Wied, drums (1988–91)
Rey Washam, drums (1991)
Josh Sinder, drums (1992–96)
Mike Mongrain, drums (1996–99)

Digitally remastered


TAD
was a mighty force in the late-‘80s/early-‘90s Seattle scene. Their heavy, churning rock/metal/punk buzz was a crucial part of Sub Pop’s early years, and, along with peers like Mudhoney, Nirvana, and Soundgarden, they defined the sound that reinvigorated the rock world in the early ‘90s. TAD was led by the physically imposing yet incredibly sweet singer/guitarist TAD Doyle, with bassist Kurt Danielson (ex-Bundle of Hiss), drummer Steve Wied, and guitarist Gary Thorstensen. With an image that sometimes cast the band as deranged lumberjacks, and influence from Head of David and Killdozer, TAD put a uniquely rain-and-fog-coated Northwest spin on ‘80s underground rock. The band released two albums and a few EPs on Sub Pop between 1988 and 1991, all of which are now lovingly remastered by the band’s friend and engineer Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees) and repackaged with bonus tracks and expansive liner notes.

In 1991, after tens of thousands of miles on the road in support of God’s Balls, and a run of powerful EPs/singles, TAD released their second full-length album, 8-Way Santa. Recorded at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin with Butch Vig, whose work with Killdozer the band admired, 8-Way Santa finds TAD pushing their sound in new directions. Not a band to rest on its laurels, TAD began to add melodic touches to their sound, as evidenced by the lead single, “Jinx.” Many touring dates and shows followed the record, and a pair of copyright-infringement brouhahas occurred over the original album cover – which was quickly pulled from stores when the couple portrayed in the cover photo objected – and the corporate-beverage-offending art for a 1990 EP. 8-Way Santa was the last record with the original TAD lineup, and their last album for Sub Pop before jumping to a major label.

This album contains no booklet.

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