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Andrew Wood
Born January 6, 1966(1966-01-06)
Columbus, Mississippi
Died March 19, 1990 (aged 24)
Seattle, Washington
Genres Grunge, alternative rock, glam metal
Occupations Singer-songwriter, bassist
Instruments Bass guitar
Vocals
Piano
Years active 1980 - 1990
Labels Stardog Records, Polygram
Associated acts Mother Love Bone
Malfunkshun

Andrew Wood (January 6, 1966 – March 19, 1990), born in Columbus, Mississippi, was the lead singer of the band Mother Love Bone, and earlier the singer and bassist of Malfunkshun. He was only 24 when he died of a heroin overdose resulting in cerebral hypoxia just before the release of Mother Love Bone's debut album Apple. After moving from Dallas, Texas to Washington State, he lived on Bainbridge Island for the majority of his youth, forming Malfunkshun as a teenager with his brother Kevin Wood. The only released material during Malfunkshun's existence was on the compilation, Deep Six (C/Z Records).

As a musician, his trademarks were his exuberant on-stage personality, glittery, outlandish clothes and whimsical, unabashedly dreamy lyrics which he would sing in a tenor heavily reminiscent of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. However, his vocal stylings eventually matured and drew heavily upon the similar technique of late guitarist and singer Marc Bolan. In the 1996 movie Hype!, Seattle engineer Jack Endino called Wood "the only stand-up comedian frontman in Seattle", a reference to Wood's playful style of interacting with Mother Love Bone fans.

Fellow band members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Mother Love Bone went on to form Pearl Jam, and Malfunkshun drummer Regan Hagar later appeared in Satchel and Brad with Shawn Smith. Stone Gossard is also a concurrent member of Brad.

In the year following Andrew Wood's death, his former companions Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, together with Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron from Soundgarden formed the tribute band Temple of the Dog. Their name was taken from Wood's lyrics for the song "Man of Golden Words" and the songs bore the street-rock flavor of Mother Love Bone's music. Also included on Temple of the Dog's self-titled album were the other two members from Gossard and Ament's newly born band, Mookie Blaylock (later to become Pearl Jam). These members were Mike McCready, who played solo guitar for Temple of the Dog, and Eddie Vedder who sang on the song "Hunger Strike" together with Cornell.

Two of the songs on the album, both written by Cornell, are written to Wood according to the liner notes. These are "Reach Down" and the album's lead-in, "Say Hello 2 Heaven".

The Alice in Chains song "Would?," dedicated to Wood, became one of their biggest hits and appeared on their 1992 album Dirt. The song is also contained in the Cameron Crowe's movie Singles. The Singles soundtrack also includes "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" written by Mother Love Bone. The same song is also in 1989's Say Anything..., though it is not part of the movie's official soundtrack release.

The song "Mr Lovedog" by Los Angeles band Faster Pussycat (from their 1992 album "Whipped!") is also a tribute to Andrew Wood. Faster Pussycat vocalist Taime Downe is a Seattle native.

In 1991, Kevin Wood formed the Fire Ants with his brother Brian Wood along with former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing and bassist Dan McDonald. The group worked with producer Jack Endino and released an EP, "Stripped", through the Seattle record label Dekema Records. Brian and Kevin later formed the group Devilhead and signed with Stone Gossard's Loosegroove record label.

In 1995, Gossard released Return to Olympus, a compilation of demos recorded by Wood and Malfunkshun.

Tributes and dedications

Besides the Temple of the Dog project, other tributes to Wood have been made.

The 1994 album The Cult by The Cult features a song titled "Sacred Life" that mentions the death of Andrew Wood. A song entitled "All My Bridges are Burning" by popular 80s hair metal band, Warrant, was also released at approximately the same time and was dedicated to Andrew.

Faster Pussycat released a song on their third album Whipped, named "Mr. Lovedog". The song is about Andrew, with many lyrical references to both Andrew and Mother Love Bone.

In 2005, director Scot Barbour completed production on the documentary, Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story (distributed by Sony), which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. Later that year, the film won the Judges' Choice for Best Documentary at the FAIF Film Festival in Hollywood, California. [1]

The same year on March 19, to celebrate Andrew, some Italian fans organized the Pearl Jam annual tribute in Milan with special guest Kevin Wood on guitar. To see some videos check [2]

The song "Would?" was written by Alice in Chains Guitarist/Singer/Lyricist Jerry Cantrell in Andrew Wood's memory. This song is featured as the final track on Alice in Chains' album Dirt. It is also featured on the Singles movie soundtrack.

Inside the liner notes of Alice In Chains' first album, Facelift, it says, "Dedicated to the memory of Andrew Wood".

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