Before there was Pearl Jam, there was Mother Love Bone. Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament had already made a name for themselves in Green River as one of the best guitar and bass duos in the Seattle scene. But Green River split when frontman Mark Arm decided Gossard and Ament’s commercial aspirations were against his philosophies. He went on to form Mudhoney, and Gossard and Ament formed Mother Love Bone. They recruited Andrew Wood, the outlandish singer of Malfunkshun, who was well known his entertaining stage shows.
The band quickly rose through the ranks of the Seattle bands, making a name for themselves based on their energetic live shows. They got a record deal, and recorded their debut album, to be called Apple.