Beneath the Valley of the Underdog was the pseudonym under which Mudhoney played in late 1997, during those shows they played mainly new songs, the ones that eventually would turn into Tomorrow Hits Today. The title is a combination of "Beneath the Valley of the Super Vixen" (another movie of the Russ Meyer and if you don't know, also Mudhoney is a Meyer movie).
Mark Arm: " We did a couple of shows before recording the record under the name Beneath the Valley of the Underdog just se we could play all the songs"
"Gosh, another show. Saw this one advertised as "Beneath the Valley of the Underdog featuring members of Bloodloss and Valis and ex-members of the Melvins and the Fallouts." This could only be a Mudhoney show, disguised for some reason! Indeed. At Moe's cafe on this fine thursday night, full house but not uncomfortably so, Mudhoney played a whole set consisting entirely of new songs, about a dozen I think, testing 'em out. Titles I got were "Beneath the valley of the underdog", "Poisoned water poisons the mind", "Mother's Lament" ("...This is about a mother who's, like, really sad"), "She's drinking for two", something that sounded like "Evil Empire" but knowing these guys I think it was actually "Evil Umpire", and something that sounded like "I wanna live". So, Mudhoney are very much alive and now we know that there will some day be a new album. (Early 1998 release, I'm guessing.) All in all a decent batch of songs, most of 'em on the slow side but a few rave-ups (this is the only proper word) with Mark's splendid full-throated yowling. The encore was "Judgement, rage...", a very slow bluesy version of "Sweet young thing", and a completely chaotic (of course) "1995" which went on until the room started to empty....
Opening were Bottle of Smoke, interesting in that the singer was David Duet who used to sing for Cat Butt, guitarist was Chris Quinn who used to be in Truly and SGM, drummer was the one and only Charlie Ryan formerly of the U-Men (this man can swing!), and the bassist was unknown to me; followed by Kent 3 who are on Steve Turner's Super Electro label. Both were pleasant and easily endured. Seattle's Old Guard turned out in force for this show, making me uncomfortably aware that that includes myself! Why do I keep going to these shows? I should be out checking out NEW bands. Still, a good show, and nice to see the Mud boys in a small room"
Jack Endino, 5 jun 1997
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