I'm not stoned but I wanted to tell ya
When I'm in the mood, I could think of playing there
Going to Seattle where the rock's so heavy
With all them sex dogs in my Chevy

At the XTC, party, everybody's invited
Cool! give it dude, we're plastic like you
Going to a show, rock's all night
And everyone I hate is at the party tonight
I said Sub Pop Rock City

(Jonathan Poneman) This is Jonathan
Hey Jon
(JP) I just want to know, what the heck's going on?
Well you know, I have this problem
(JP) What the heck's going on?
Yah, okay, well do you think you'd have too much trouble if we got rid of
our sideburns?
(JP) At your earliest convenience
Well, I know you've said that before, but do you think Bruce would mind?
(Bruce Pavitt) This is Bruce Pavitt
Bruce, I mean, kay, could we have our dollar back Bruce?
(BP) Bye

Lyrics submitted by Atom of Eden

Sub Pop Rock City Lyrics as written by Hiro Yamamoto Christopher J. Cornell

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    General CommentThis song basically describes the seattle rock scene in the late 80's. Sub Pop is an independant record label best known for signing such bands as Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad, Screaming Trees, Beat Happening, Green River and the mighty Nirvana. Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt are the bosses of the label. Sub Pop was notoriously bad at managing money in its early days. This is referenced in the part of the song involving Pavitt. This song to me appears to be making fun of the scene "Cool give it dude were plastic like you" but at the same time embracing it "When Im in the mood I could think of playing there going to seattle where the rock's so heavy." This song is very different to what would br released from soundgarden in later years especially when compared to thier biggest hit "black hole sun".
    Atom of Edenon December 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is available on the Sub Pop 200 compilation cd. If anybody is interested in the whole "grunge" thing this cd is really worth a listen. That's all!
    Atom of Edenon December 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis makes me want to wear flannel.
    Thunderbolton September 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me laugh everytime.
    Musicmutton August 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHaha!
    Gotta love Sub Pop.
    NeverXMindon November 18, 2010   Link

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