A collection of love songs put out by Sub Pop is probably right up there with speed metal operas or Sesame Street espionage for gallant incongruity, but like Jeepster's It's a Cool, Cool Christmas, it pleases the unspoken infomercial compilation fan hidden inside every cantankerous indie kid. (…) Steven Jesse Bernstein, the early-'90s Pacific Northwest answer to an abused Allen Ginsberg, or the Vaselines, for instance, offer brutal and funny works, which probably scared away Nirvana-seeking mall wanderers who might've been intrigued by the label's reputation or songs with titles like "Rory Rides Me Raw." ~AMG
Sub Pop 200 is a compilation released in the early days of the Seattle grunge scene (December 1988). It features songs (many of them first releases and otherwise unattainable) from Tad, The Fluid, Nirvana, Steven Jesse Bernstein, Mudhoney, The Walkabouts, Terry Lee Hale, Soundgarden, Green River, Fastbacks, Blood Circus, Swallow, Chemistry Set, Girl Trouble, The Nights and Days, Cat Butt, Beat Happening, Screaming Trees, Steve Fisk, and The Thrown Ups.
Many of these bands went on to be incredibly influential in the early 1990s and onwards. Most notable of these were Nirvana, Soundgarden, Green River (who spawned Mudhoney and Mother Love Bone and late Temple of the Dog and Pearl Jam), Screaming Trees, and Mudhoney.
The cover is an illustration by comics artist Charles Burns, who was regularly used by Sub Pop for covers and posters around this period.