Fopp (EP)

Last updated on 21 July 2017

Fopp is the second EP by the American rock band Soundgarden, released in August 1988 through Sub Pop Records. Fopp was later combined with the band's first EP, Screaming Life (1987), and released as the Screaming Life/Fopp compilation album in 1990.

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Soundgarden - Fopp.JPG

Recording

The EP was recorded in 1988 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington, with producer Steve Fisk.

Music and lyrics

The EP contains one Soundgarden original, two covers, and a remix. Guitarist Kim Thayil said of the title track: "That's an Ohio Players song off of Honey—I've had that album since I was in high school. We thought we could take the song and make it AC/DC or something. We'd take the power chords, turn up the volume and make it heavy. "Fopp" is a good song that needed to be given its due as a 'kick-ass rock song!'"[2] The EP also contains a cover of the Green River song "Swallow My Pride" from the 1985 EP, Come on Down.

Release and reception

Fopp was released on vinyl only, packaged in black die-cut sleeves and limited to 3,000 copies. Frontman Chris Cornell said, "The second record did pretty well but it wasn't like a sweep, some people didn't like it."[3]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fopp" Billy Beck, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Mervin Pierce, Clarence Satchell, James Williams 3:37
2. "Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy dub mix)" Beck, Bonner, Jones, Middlebrooks, Pierce, Satchell, Williams 6:25
3. "Kingdom of Come" Chris Cornell 2:35
4. "Swallow My Pride" Mark Arm, Steve Turner 2:18
Total length: 14:55

Personnel

Soundgarden

Production

  • Drew Canulette – engineering
  • Steve Fisk – production

References

  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Fopp > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  2. ^ Gilbert, Jeff. "Primecuts: Kim Thayil". Guitar School. May 1994.
  3. ^ White, Richard. "Soundgarden Rocks". Rockpool. October 1, 1989.

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