"The Living are ground zero for the Seattle sound” – Duff McKagen's teenage punk band's recordings finally see a release

Before he left Seattle for Los Angeles and eventual fame with Guns N' Roses, Duff McKagen earned serious punk stripes in the Pacific North West city's music scene. And as early as 17 he was making his mark as a guitarist alongside future Mother Love Bone drummer Greg Gilmore in a four-piece called The Living – as the single called Two Generation Stand above attests.

Gilmore recently unearthed an album's worth of recordings and the decision was made to put them out as the collection The Living: 1982 (also the year they were recorded) through his Mother Love Bone bandmate / Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's Loosegroove label. 

The Living

The Living in 1982: Duff McKagen far left and Greg Gilmore second right   (Image credit: Marty Perez)

"It doesn’t matter what year this music was recorded because it is undeniable"

Stone Gossard

“The Living was the beginning of all things Seattle for me, a turning point in my life,” says Gilmore. “I joined a band and a community. These guys are still my brothers. I’ve cherished these recordings since the days we made them. This record is a fantastic document of a loaded moment. I love it.”

The Living: 1982 is released on 16 April. “It doesn’t matter what year this music was recorded because it is undeniable,” Gossard adds. “But the fact that Duff, Greg , Todd [Fleischman, bass] and John [Conte, vocals] created these fully realised songs in 1982 gives credence to the idea that this band, The Living, are ground zero for the Seattle sound.”

The Living

(Image credit: The Living )

The Living: 1982 tracklist:

1. A Promise
2. Two Generation Stand
3. Live By The Gun
4. A Song For You
5. No Thanks
6. Live Is A Terror
7. I Want

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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.