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Mother Love Bone was established in 1989 in the Seattle area by ex-Green River members Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Bruce Fairweather. Their unique fusion of glam and punk rock music became the prototype for what is now known as grunge, which enjoyed enormous success during the early 1990s.
Along with such prominent bands as Soundgarden, The Melvins, Alice In Chains and Nirvana, Mother Love Bone became part of what came to be known as the "Seattle Sound" in the late '80s.
Unfortunately, lead singer Andrew Wood (from the band Malfunkshun) died of a heroin overdose in 1990, weeks before the release of their full length debut album, Apple. Previously they had released an acclaimed EP, Shine, and toured the U.S. with the Dogs D'Amour. Soon after Wood's death, Gossard and Ament joined singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron to form Temple of the Dog. The group released their self titled album on April 16, 1991 as a tribute to Andrew Wood. Singer Eddie Vedder also contributed vocals on two songs for the album, including the hit single "Hunger Strike". Vedder, Gossard and Ament would go on to form Pearl Jam.