Pearl Jam 'Singles' Offshoot Citizen Dick Getting Record Store Day Release of Original Track 'Touch Me I'm Dick'
A lost grunge classic will finally get an official release on Record Store Day, as the essentially-Pearl-Jam band Citizen Dick, one of the focal points of the Cameron Crowe film Singles, will drop its single "Touch Me I'm Dick" as an exclusive 7" record (from Consequence of Sound).
Singles was one of the essential moments of the rising grunge movement when it was released during the early '90s, shining a light on the Seattle rock scene and featuring music from Northwest standouts Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, the Screaming Trees and others (including non-Northwest standouts Smashing Pumpkins).
All the songs included on the collection had been otherwise recorded already, as curators opted not to include original tunes from the film on the album. Citizen Dick, a fictional band fronted by Matt Dillon's character Cliff Poncier, and featuring Pearl Jam members Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard (although the group was still known as Mookie Blaylock at the time of filming). The group performs the track "Touch Me I'm Dick"...which most grunge fans will recognize as an obvious homage to Mudhoney, a real-life Seattle group and its own single "Touch Me, I'm Sick." The track takes a less-than-subtle approach to sexual innuendo.
The B-side of the 7" won't feature any other music from the soundtrack, but rather a quote taken from Cliff's character, when he describes the song during an interview: "I think a lot of people might think it's actually about, you know, 'My name is Dick, and, you know, you can touch me,' but, I think, you know, it can be seen either way."
This could be seen as an essential collector's piece for Pearl Jam fans as, in essence, its a Pearl Jam recording.