Happy 25th Birthday Sub Pop!

It was July 13, 1988 when Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman launched Sub Pop, a tiny label born in the warehouse of the Muzak Corporation in Seattle.

Although perpetually broke before they met a weird little band called Nirvana, Sub Pop did a lot of the heavy lifting so that grunge could break out of the Pacific Northwest.

As part of the celebration, Mudhoney–one of the very earliest Sub Pop signings–played a ten-song set atop the Space Needle in Seattle. 

And it didn’t rain.  Loads of pictures here.



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Happy 25th Birthday Sub Pop!

  • July 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Alan, I would have expected a bit more from you than this meager piece on such a prolific label celebrating 25 years of introducing us to so much.


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