Even if Mark Arm, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament had gotten jobs as shoe-salesmen, and not gravitated to godhead status in Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, and Mother Love Bone, Green River would have been every bit as significant to the fans and musicians that revere them to this day. Although my discovery of Green River was slightly posthumous, they were a band that defined my high school years. Corralling a bruising amalgamation of punk, metal, and to a lesser extent, blues, Seattle's fabulous-five wrapped up the whole enchilada in a frayed, feedback-addled tourniquet of raw, white-hot power. Motifs of boredom, teen angst and romantic frustration were not merely anguished over, but pushed the mental envelope to it's breaking point, and boy, was it ever cathartic.
Though tracked at a meager bitrate, this so called "final show," performed in L.A. is still a commendable memento. This show was a part Green River's five day tour down the West Coast. The tensions in the band come to a head at this show, but 21 years later, who would have guessed?
If you're new to the band, a mindblowing crash course can be experienced for about $10.00.
01. Forever Means
02. Rehab Doll
03. Queen Bitch (David Bowie)
04. Together We'll Never
05. By Her Own Hand
06. This Town
07. Smilin' and Dyin'
08. Swallow My Pride
09. The Needle and the Damage Done/Ain't Nothin' to Do (Neil Young/Dead Boys)