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08-08-2013, 10:36 AM

I have a love/hate relationship with the Melvins. I do consider them one of my favorite bands. They’ve released a ton of stuff over the years and a lot of it (the post-2000 stuff especially) I really don’t enjoy. But, anything they released in the 1990’s was some of the best music I’ve heard in my life. If their career was entirely made up of music that good they would, without a doubt, be my favorite band. But they released a lot of shit I don’t like. And quite a bit of stuff I’ve never bothered with since I know I wouldn’t like it (again, most post-2000 stuff). But the good stuff is so damn good. That’s why I’m doing this. So this is going to be a different history lesson than my Napalm Death thread because I won’t hold back on anything I didn’t like. I think I’ll even give the albums scores this time around.

So I got into the Melvin's around 1998. I'd known about them since the mid-1990's but never paid them much attention. My friend in college was getting into them and he bought Hodini and Honky and we thought both were awesome. I sort of forgot about them until early 2001 when I was unemployed. I wasted my days on Napster and started downloading all their albums. And I couldn't believe that every album I downloaded was better than the last. I was able to get everything they had out before Napster closed down. But I felt guilty "stealing" all this music from such a great band, so I went out and purchased it all legally. I'm going to include all the "main" releases but there are too many split seven inches and singles out there for me to keep track of.

08-08-2013, 10:39 AM

Six Songs
Released on March 11th, 1986
Label: C/Z Records

Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Matt Lukin – bass, vocals
Dale Crover – drums

1. Easy As It Was
2. Now a Limo
3. Grinding Process
4. At a Crawl
5. Disinvite
6. Snake Appeal

The Melvins debut EP/album came out over the years in various incarnations. But whatever versions you’ve heard it was all recorded at the same time. Just with a different amount of songs. So why bother with this version when you can get a later version with more stuff?
Best Song: Snake Appeal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cVXI5c7awc)
Rating: 2 out of 5

08-08-2013, 10:43 AM

Gluey Porch Treatments
Released sometime in 1987
Label: Alchemy

Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Matt Lukin – bass, vocals
Dale Crover – drums

1. Eye Flys
2. Echo Head/Don’t Piece Me
3. Heater Moves and Eyes
4. Steve Instant Newman
5. Influence of Atmosphere
6. Exact Paperbacks
7. Happy Grey or Black
8. Leeech
9. Glow God
10. Big As a Mountain
11. Heaviness of the Load
12. Flex With You
13. Bitten into Sympathy
14. Gluey Porch Treatments
15. Clipping Roses
16. As It Was
17. Over from Under the Excretment

The Melvins first proper album and regarded as their proper “debut” album. Truth be told I don’t like this album. It’s just too sludgy and tortured sounding. And the songs are all the same. Nothing really sticks after it’s over. It lacks of the character of the later stuff but it’s still worth a listen to just to say you heard it.
Best Song: Gluey Porch Treatments (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIMhOu827Kg&list=PLFB09C4467673F090&index=14)
Rating: 1.5 out of 5

08-09-2013, 12:18 AM

Released on June 1, 1991
Label: Boner

Buzz – vocals, guitar
Dale – drums, backing vocals
Lori – bass

1. Vile
2. Oven
3. At a Crawl
4. Let God Be Your Gardener
5. Creepy Smell
6. Kool Legged
7. Green Honey
8. Agonizer
9. Raise a Paw
10. Love Thing (KISS cover)
11. Ever Since My Accident
12. Revulsion/We Reach
13. Dead Dressed
14. Cranky Messiah
15. Claude
16. My Small Percent Shows Most
17. Candy-O (CD bonus track)

Another difficult album for me to listen to. It’s just not as fun as their later albums. But there are some better songs on here compared to Gluey Porch Treatments. If you feel the need to get this look for the early 1990’s CD versions, it has the entire Gluey Porch Treatments album tacked on to it.
Best Song: Love Thing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fpYsJUVs6M)
Rating: 2 out of 5

08-09-2013, 12:20 AM

Your Choice Live Series Vol. 12
Released in 1991
Label: Your Choice

King Buzzo – vocals, guitar
Daledoe – drums, vocals
Lorax – bass

1. Heater Moves and Eyes
2. At a Crawl
3. Anaconda
4. Eye Flys
5. Kool Legged
6. Tanked
7. Let God Be Your Gardener
8. Revulsion

A live album I’ll never hear. There just aren’t enough songs I like to make me want to ever hear it.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-09-2013, 12:23 AM

Eight Songs
Released sometime in 1991
Label: ?

Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Matt Lukin – bass, vocals
Dale Crover – drums

1. Easy As It Was
2. Now a Limo
3. Grinding Process
4. #2 Pencil
5. At a Crawl
6. Disinvite
7. Snake Appeal
8. Show Off Your Red Hands

I guess you could say this is two more songs better than Six Songs. I can’t say anything more.
Best Song: Snake Appeal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cVXI5c7awc)
Rating: 2 out of 5

08-09-2013, 12:25 AM

Ten Songs
Released sometime in 1991
Label: ?

Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Matt Lukin – bass, vocals
Dale Crover – drums

1. Easy As It Was
2. Now a Limo
3. Grinding Process
4. #2 Pencil
5. At a Crawl
6. Disinvite
7. Snake Appeal
8. Show Off Your Red Hands
9. Over From Underground
10. Cray Fish

This is the version of their debut EP/album I’ve heard and it’s the best of their earlier stuff I’ve ever heard. I don’t know what it is, maybe because it’s more compact, maybe the songs are just better. Whatever, I’d recommend this version of the “______ Songs” releases over all the others. That said, it's still not something I particularly like.
Best Song: Snake Appeal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cVXI5c7awc)
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

08-09-2013, 04:53 AM
This is awesome! I've always wanted to get more into the Melvins' (huge) catalogue.

08-09-2013, 08:15 AM
Well, you're in luck.

And the thread is pretty negative so far but after this weekend it'll get a lot more positive.

08-09-2013, 09:43 AM
This is awesome! I've always wanted to get more into the Melvins' (huge) catalogue.

Yeah same here. Looking forward to this thread.

08-10-2013, 05:17 PM
I'm in the midst of writing up the next block of albums and should be posting some more Sunday. But in the meantime I wanted to post my favorite picture of King Buzzo. It pretty much perfectly describes the Melvins. I think it was taken in the mid-2000's before Big Business had joined the band.


08-11-2013, 09:00 AM

Released on May 3rd, 1991
Label: Boner

Dale – drums
Buzz – guitar, vocals
Lorax – bass

1. Boris (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC8rtCHcV4I)
2. Anaconda
3. Ligature
4. It’s Shoved
5. Zodiac
6. If I Had An Exorcism
7. Your Blessened
8. Cow

This thread has had a lot of negative reviews and 1.5 and 2 out of 5's. So you’re probably wondering why I’m doing this thread. This is why. This is where shit gets REAL mutherfuckers. The Melvins started out a little slow but on this album they hit their stride. It starts out with the sludgiest dirge they may have ever recorded. Boris is just a fucking awesome song. So awesome that if you click on the link above you’ll see a live version from 1991 that just destroys everything. If I had a time machine I'd be in that club. Things speed up quite a bit after Boris after that but it’s just great song after great song. I have nothing bad to say about this album. Essential.
Best Song: If I Had An Exorcism (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8a44EQdOJ8)
Rating: 5 out of 5

08-11-2013, 09:10 AM

Released in 1991
Label: Boner

Dale – drums
King Buzzo – guitar, vocals
Lorax – bass

1. Wispy “I Don’t Know, But I Don’t Feel So Good”
2. Antitoxidote “Pigs Don’t Let It”
3. Hog Leg “Like Stee, Moanin’ Ludlow”
4. Charmicarmicat “Bastards”

Another awesome release by the Melvins. If there’s anything wrong with this album it’s just that it’s too short. But it’s an EP so what are you going to do. Beck sampled Hog Leg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci03-IWDQBg) in his song Beercan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVay-RfNGv8) and King Buzzo even makes a cameo in the video. Highly recommended.
Best Song: Charmicarmicat “Bastards” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwXH2S44XjE)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

08-11-2013, 09:18 AM

King Buzzo
Released in 1992
Label: Boner

King Buzzo – vocals, guitar, bass
Dale Nixon (Dave Grohl) – vocals, guitar, bass, drums

1. Isabella
2. Porg
3. Annum
4. Skeeter

The Melvins love KISS. They covered them a bunch of times in their career and here they released three EP’s in a similar matter as KISS did fifteen years earlier. King Buzzo’s is the closest sounding to the Melvins. It could be mistaken for a Melvins album. Skeeter wasn’t actually performed by King Buzzo. It’s a song by Dave Grohl’s earlier band Scream and they just threw it on the EP.
Best Song: Isabella (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GisTGwdMn0)
Rating: 4 out of 5

08-11-2013, 09:21 AM

Dale Crover
Released in 1992
Label: Boner

Dale Crover – vocals, guitar, drums
Debbi Shane – bass, backup vocals
Tom Flynn – catering

1. Hex Me
2. Dead Wipe
3. Respite
4. Hurter

Dale Crovers solo EP is probably the most straightforward of the three. It’s more just hard rock but with a bit of the earlier Melvins sound mixed in. It’s still really good.
Best Song: Hurter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nWFP1Q-egU)
Rating: 3 out of 5

08-11-2013, 09:24 AM

Joe Preston
Released in 1992
Label: Boner

Joe Preston – vocals
Denial Fiend – Hellish Crossfire on Wooden Coffins
Salty Green – Chapman Stick/Hands First Flower
Marina Sirtis – counseling

1. The Eagle Has Landed
2. Bricklebrit
3. Hands First Flower

Joe Prestons EP is just a mindfuck. The first song is just some fucked up samples, the second is this evil instrumental and the last song is a twenty minute doom/drone metal song fans of Sunn 0))) would probably enjoy. I still recommend it. By all reports “Denial Fiend” and “Salty Green” are Joe Preston.
Best Song: Bricklebrit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbA9WYOYQes)
Rating: 3 out of 5

08-12-2013, 05:44 PM
I saw Joe Preston open up for Sleep three years ago with his "band" Thrones. It was honestly some of the most awful shit I've ever seen live.

08-13-2013, 12:26 AM
I saw Joe Preston open up for Sleep three years ago with his "band" Thrones. It was honestly some of the most awful shit I've ever seen live.

Yeah, he's definitely on his own planet. I checked a bit of Thrones out the other day and made it through a few minutes before I moved on with my life. But he made a name for himself by playing bass on one of the greatest Melvins albums, which leads me to:

08-13-2013, 12:31 AM

Lysol (aka Melvins)
Released in 1992
Label: Boner

King Buzzo – guitar, vocals
Joe Preston – bass, backup vocals
Dale Crover – drums, backup vocals

1. Hung Bunny
2. Roman Bird Dog
3. Sacrifice (Flipper cover)
4. Second Coming (Alice Cooper cover)
5. The Ballad of Dwight Fry (Alice Cooper cover)
6. With Teeth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs2m6cS0sTA)

Along with Bullhead and a few others this is one of the Melvins crowning moments. If you like the band Sleep you really need to listen to Hung Bunny and Roman Bird Dog, because those songs are Dopesmoker five years before that album was even recorded. The covers are all good but then it closes with one of my favorite Melvins songs; With Teeth. Such an awesome song and such an awesome video. This album gets the highest recommendation humanly possible.
Best Song: With Teeth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs2m6cS0sTA)
Rating: 5 out of 5

08-13-2013, 12:49 AM

Released on September 21st, 1993
Label: Atlantic

King Buzzo – guitar, bass (uncredited), vocals
Lorax – bass (credited but nothing actually)
Dale Crover – drums, bass (uncredited), vocals
Billy Anderson - bass (uncredited)
Kurt Cobain – guitar on Sky Pup, percussion on Hooch and Spread Eagle Beagle
Bill Bartell – bass and lead guitar on Going Blind
Al Smith – percussion on Spread Eagle Beagle
Mike Supple – percussion on Spread Eagle Beagle

1. Hooch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRTrAI3Yetk)
2. Night Goat
3. Lizzy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZiGPckX4Lo)
4. Going Blind (Kiss cover)
5. Honey Bucket (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5r9qwqpPc)
6. Hag Me
7. Set Me Straight
8. Sky Pup
9. Joan of Arc
10. Teet
11. Copache
12. Pearl Bomb
13. Spread Eagle Beagle
14. Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa) (MC5 cover) (vinyl bonus track)

When people find out that I know my fair-share about the Melvins they always say, “I really want to get into the Melvins, but I don’t know where to start”. Well, son, this is where you start. This was my first Melvins album so it may as well be yours too. It pretty much runs the gament of everything the Melvins have been or ever will be. You’ve got straight up rockers (Going Blind, Set Me Straight, Copache), slow dirges (Hag Me), experimental fuckery (Sky Pup, Spread Eagle Beagle) and fucking awesome riffs (Hooch, Night Goat, Honey Bucket, Night Goat, Night Goat). All in one album. As you may have noticed, they got signed to a major label for this album. That was thanks to the whole grunge thing and the fact that Kurt Cobain and the rest of Nirvana had gone on in interviews how the Melvins were one of their favorite bands. So Atlantic swooped in and signed what they thought would be the next Nirvana. :badidea: But, they (the Melvins) probably got some money from all this and were able to make three great videos for this album. It’s not my favorite album by the Melvins because it loses a bit of steam after Set Me Straight. But it’s definitely top ten. And if you don’t like anything on this album you won’t ever like anything by the Melvins
Favorite Song: Night Goat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwSOrd4E7yw)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

08-13-2013, 09:53 AM

Released on August 5th, 1994
Label: Amphetamine Reptile

Mark Deutrom – bass
Dale Crover – drums
King Buzzo – vocals, guitar

1. How About?
2. Rickets
3. Pick It n’ Flick It
4. Montreal
5. Chief Ten Beers
6. Underground
7. Chalk People
8. Punch the Lion
9. Pure Digital Silence
10. Larry
11. Roll Another One

This is not for the faint of heart. You really have to like the Melvins to even want to hear this. On the eleven songs on here only two are actual music. The rest is random sounds; some with maybe a beat (Punch the Lion), a guitar solo (Pick It n’ Flick It), feedback (Montreal) and in one case; pure digital silence. Of the two songs Rickets is actually one of my favorite Melvins songs. It’s just so cool but it’s only a minute and a half, which sucks. Larry just isn’t very good. Like I said, if you love the Melvins check this out. But if you’re just curious DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS!
Best Song: Rickets (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fSfkwOQvNk)
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

08-13-2013, 10:20 AM

Stoner Witch
Released on October 18th, 1994
Label: Atlantic

King B – vocals, guitar and bass
Dale C – drums, guitar and backing vocals
Mark D – bass, guitar and backing vocals
The Magic Eight Ball – spiritual guidance
Scott Humphrey – door squeaking and pencil sharpening
Paul Dicarli – digital editing, back cracking and Moog

1. Skweetis
2. Queen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BafSlqFVuGM)
3. Sweet Willy Rollbar
4. Revolve (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py2fG-NgfkA)
5. Goose Freight Train
6. Roadbull
7. At the Stake
8. Magic Pig Detective
9. Shevil
10. June Bug
11. Lividity

This is probably the Melvins most popular album. It’s not one of my favorites though. The reason being is that when I first downloaded and burnt all their albums to CD I was able to fit this album and Lysol on the same disc, and I put this after Lysol. So anything after Lysol just won’t sound as good. This is still a really good album. Some of the songs like Queen and Revolve are pretty radio friendly (nothing wrong with that, they’re still good songs) but some of the faster songs like Skweetis and Roadbull are really cool. Revolve could almost even be considered a "hit", or at least as close as the Melvins ever got to having a hit. It actually got played on MTV and shit. And Shevil is pretty hypnotic and almost (shock) beautiful.
Best Song: Shevil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jSD2czic8U)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

08-14-2013, 09:23 AM

Tora Tora Tora
Released in 1995
Label: X-Mas

Dale “Shakes” Crover – drums, backing vocals, gloves
Mark “Grumpy Cowboy” Deutrom – electric bass guitar, backing vocals, hats
King “Asshole Edward” Buzzo – electric guitar, vocals, dirty clothes

1. Live Banter/Revolve
2. Skweetis/With Teeth/White Zombie Ad
3. Night Goat/Specimen
4. Specimen/Concert Warning
5. KISW Interview/Hooch/Queen
6. Johnny Reno Gunfighter/Oven/Goose Freight Train
7. Goggles/Sweet Wily Rollbar
8. Radio Interview/Roadbull

This is a live EP recorded over the course of their 1995 tour with White Zombie (I think). They weren’t happy doing tours like this and I think they just released it to show the lack of crowd reaction. There’s a lot of talking over the Melvins, a bit of booing and a lot of disinterest from all parties. The cover is even a pretty good statement of how they felt on this tour. The White Zombie Ad is pretty funny but the whole thing is kinda hard to listen to and it's impossible to find so I wouldn’t bother.
Favorite Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-14-2013, 09:34 AM

Released on July 15th, 1996
Label: Mammoth/Atlantic

King Buzzo – guitar, vocals, all instruments on Hide, moog on Soup, bass on Sterilized, drums on Lacrimosa
Mark D. – bass, all instruments on Yacobs Lab, moog on Soup, baritone guitar and piano on Skin Horse, guitar on The Bit, Bar-X the Rocking M, The Bloat, Tipping the Lion, Black Bock, Sterilized, Lacrimosa and Skin Horse
Dale C. – drums, percussion, sitar on The Bit, guitar on The Bit and Sterilized, bongos on Black Bock, moog on Soup, all instruments on Cottonmouth
Dirty Walt – Valve Trombone on Bar-X the Rocking M
Mac Mann – organ and grand piano on Bar-X the Rocking M
GGGarth - vocals on Black Bock
Dr. Beat – moog on Soup
Bill Bartell – guitar on Sterilized
Mackie Osbourne – drums on Lacrimosa

1. The Bit
2. Hide
3. Bar-X the Rocking M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83BtC_0gIKw)
4. Yacobs Lab
5. The Bloat
6. Tipping the Lion
7. Black Bock
8. Goggles
9. Soup
10. Buck Owens
11. Sterilized
12. Lacrimosa
13. Skin Horse
14. Captain Pungent
15. Berthas
16. Cottonmouth

The bands final album on a major label. By 1996 labels had realized that there would never be another Nirvana so a lot of bands, such as the Melvins, were dropped. I’m not one hundred percent sure but I’m sure they came out of this whole endeavor with some money. They weren’t even entirely on Atlantic for this album; they got shuffled to one of their subsidiaries Mammoth, which was a cool alternative rock label that they probably would’ve been better suited on in the first place anyway. This is a really cool album. There are a lot of straight up rockers (the Bit, Tipping the Lion, Captain Pungent, Berthas) but a lot of fucked up stuff that could’ve been off Prick (Hide, Yacobs Lab, Cottonmouth), so it’s like a combination of Prick and Stoner Witch. It also has two of the creepiest Melvins songs ever recorded; Sterilized and Lacrimosa. When I first heard those songs I was really taken by surprise. I can hear the Melvins of later years taking shape on this album but it’s still really good.
Best Song(s): Sterilized (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xeb65TYoeYs) and Lacrimosa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYf_TyR4w5E) (you have to listen to both to get the full effect)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

08-14-2013, 10:21 AM
Don't they have an EP or a demo or something featuring Kurt Cobain?

08-14-2013, 12:24 PM
Don't they have an EP or a demo or something featuring Kurt Cobain?

He produced some songs on the album Houdini and played guitar on one song. But the true story from Buzz is that he showed up once and awhile and slept on the couch in the studio. They were signed to a major label at the time so the label probably wanted to use his name to move more units.

They were also going to title the album Prick "Cobain" but he died right before it came out so they changed it.

That's as far as I know. I can't think of anything else floating around.

08-15-2013, 12:54 PM
Liking this thread! I've also been wanting to get into the Melvins, but never knew where to start. This is helping me a lot, thanks!

08-16-2013, 06:25 PM

Released on May 5th, 1997
Label: Amphetamine Reptile

Buzz Osbourne – guitar, vocals
Dale Crover – drums
Mark Deutrom – bass
Katherine Bjelland – additional vocals on They All Must Be Slaughtered
Mac Mann – piano, bells and synthesizer
David Scott Stone – bowed cymbal and oscillators

1. They All Must Be Slaughtered
2. Mombius Hibachi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGbp_3lfMDk)
3. Lovely Butterfly
4. Pitfalls in Serving Warrents
5. Air Breather Deep in the Arms of Morphius
6. Laughing with Lucifer at Satan’s Sideshow
7. How --++--
8. Harry Launder’s Walking Stick Tree
9. Grin
10. In the Freaktose the Bugs Are Dying

The three albums the Melvins released on Atlantic weren’t commercial at all. Stoner Witch was pretty tame but Houdini and Stag especially were pretty fucked up albums. Especially for a major label to release. After being dropped by Atlantic the Melvins recorded this album in less than a week and wrote some of the most anti-commercial sounding music of their careers. It wasn’t a total waste of tape like Prick was but it was defiantly something a major wouldn’t even look at. The closest to “rock” songs are probably Mombius Hibachi and In the Freaktose the Bugs Are Dying, the latter of which is an instrumental. The rest is just totally fucked up but very listenable. They All Must Be Slaughtered and Air Breather in the Arms of Morphius are these two messed up dronish songs that make you wonder if you’re even listening to the same band that recorded Houdini and Bullhead. And then there’s Laughing with Lucifer at Satan’s Sideshow, which pretty much tells you exactly how the Melvins feel about major labels and this time with them. The rest is all really good but I just can’t describe it. Totally different from any other Melvins album but still highly recommended.
Best Song: They All Must Be Slaughtered (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyGxdmNQOxs)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

08-16-2013, 06:45 PM
*Raises hand*

Stupid question,but which release has their Grunge stuff?

08-16-2013, 06:46 PM

Singles 1-12
Released on August 26th, 1997
Label: Amphetamine Reptile

Line Up:
Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Dale Crover – drums
Mark Deutrom – bass
Lori Black – bass on Way of the World and Theme
Matt Lukin - bass on Forgotten Principles
Mike Dillard – drums on Forgotten Principles
Rich Hoak – drums on Zodiac
Dan Lilker – bass on Zodiac
Brent McCarty – guitar on Zodiac
Kevin Sharp – vocals on Zodiac

Disc One
1. Lexicon Devil (Germs cover)
2. Pigtro
3. In the Rain
4. Spread Eagle
5. Leeech (Green River cover)
6. Queen
7. Way of the World (Flipper cover)
8. Theme (Clown Alley cover)
9. It’s Shoved
10. Forgotten Principles
12. Theresa Screams

Disc Two
1. Poison (Wayne Kramer/MC5 cover)
2. Double Troubled
3. Specimen
4. All At Once
5. Jacksonville
6. Dallas
7. The Bloat (demo)
8. Fast Forward
9. Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings (ZZ Top cover)
10. HDYF
11. How --++--/Harry Launders Walking Stick Tree
12. Zodiac (performed by Brutal Truth)

This is another of those Melvins releases where the story behind the release is more interesting than the music. In 1996 the Melvins released a seven inch single every month, for twelve months. This compilation puts it all into one package. Some of the music is good (Lexicon Devil, How --++--/Harry Launders Walking Stick Tree), some of it is bad (In the Rain) and most of it is fucking terrible. Fast Forward, that’s just the band fucking around with a tape deck. Jacksonville and Dallas are just the sounds of feedback as the band pissed off the crowd when they were opening for White Zombie and Nine Inch Nails. Theresa Screams is just some lady (I’d imagine her name is Theresa) screaming her head off. It’s pretty unlistenable garbage and it’s only worth seeking out if you are a huge fan of the band. The covers for the various singles are pretty cool, even if it's just a different color pallet of the same image.
Favorite Song: How --++--/Harry Launders Walking Stick Tree (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pNdPsFutF8)
Rating: 1.5 out of 5

08-16-2013, 06:54 PM

Alive at the Fucker Club
Released in 1998
Label: Amphetamine Reptile

Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Mark Deutrom – bass, vocals

1. Boris
2. It’s Shoved
3. Bar-X-The Rocking M
4. Antitoxidote
5. The Bloat
6. Lizzy
7. Mombius Hibachi

With so much material out at this point to release just a live EP isn’t really worth it. They could’ve released a double live album at this point and still left a lot out. So why even bother? Because they’re the Melvins, I guess. There’s some really good songs on here but as I’ve said before I’m not a fan of live albums, so I’ve never bothered with this.
Favorite Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-16-2013, 07:27 PM
*Raises hand*

Stupid question,but which release has their Grunge stuff?

I guess Houdini and Stoner Witch are their grungiest releases. I'm not sure what the definition of "grunge" is. Maybe Bullhead and Lysol are closer to "grunge". I don't really know if any of it could be called "grunge". The earlier albums are garage rock with some drone, doom, punk and rock. The Atlantic albums are a more mainstream, better produced variation of that. And their later stuff is more "hard-rock". But they've dabbled in everything. Melvins are a very hard band to classify and they just got lumped in with "grunge" because they were from near Seattle and Kurt Cobain said in multiple interviews that they were one of his favorite bands. And in the 1990's anything he said he liked and anything that came out of the state of Washington was labeled "grunge". They sound nothing like Nirvana, Alice in Chains or Soundgarden. Atlantic found that out pretty quickly when Houdini didn't even go gold.

So I'll give you my default answer: check out Houdini.

08-17-2013, 05:52 PM

The Maggot
Released on May 17th, 1999
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo – vocals, guitar and bass
Dale Crover – drums, guitar and vocals
Kevin Rutmanis – bass, slide bass and screaming

1. amazon
2. amazon
5. We All Love JUDY
6. We All Love JUDY
7. Manky
8. Manky
9. The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (Fleetwood Mac cover)
10. The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (Fleetwood Mac cover)
11. The Horn Bearer
12. The Horn Bearer
13. Judy
14. Judy
15. See How Pretty, See How Smart
16. See How Pretty, See How Smart

Trilogies were all the rage in 1999. People didn’t set out to make movies as a trilogy as they do today. They made a movie, and if the demand was there there’d be a sequel and maybe a third movie. But in 1999 Star Wars started it’s prequel trilogy and trilogies became all the rage. So the Melvins set forth with their trilogy; a heavy album, a laid back album and an experimental album. This is the heavy album and simply put; this is one of the heaviest albums ever. Tech death bands can play as many notes as they want and other bands can play eight string guitars all they want. But this is fucking simple and fucking heavy. This is probably my favorite Melvins album and one of my favorite albums ever. AMAZON will kick your ass and make you into a man. That riff is just…wow. It's probably one of my favorite riffs ever. And the album doesn’t let up after that. I can’t recommend this enough. You need this album. It was also released the day before my nineteenth birthday, which in Ontario meant I was legal age to by alcohol and get into licensed shows. So it's also know as the second greatest day in most teenagers in Ontario's lives up to that point. If there’s anything wrong with this album it’s that it’s more than a little annoying that the songs are all split right in half over two tracks. But you’re going to be listening to this from start to finish every time anyway. The Maggot also marked the beginning of the Melvins relationship with Mike Pattons Ipecac records, a label they still release music on today with…mixed results. But, we’ll get into that later. Seek this out at all cost.
Best Song: AMAZON (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FfnZalI6jc)
Rating: 5 out of 5

08-17-2013, 05:59 PM

The Bootlicker
Released on August 23rd, 1999
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo – vocals, guitar, noises
Dale Crover – drums, percussion, vocals
Kevin Rutmanis – bass. slide bass
Eric Peterson – piano on Prig

1. Toy
2. Let it All Be
3. Black Santa
4. We We
5. Up the Dumper
6. Mary Lady Bobby Kins
7. Jew Boy Flowerhead
8. Lone Rose Holding Now
9. Prig

The “mellow” album of the trilogy. It has the misfortune of following the beast that was the Maggot and that’s an impossible task. Anything directly after that is going to have less impact on me so I like this a little less. I’m more into heavier music usually too, so that may be why I enjoy the Maggot so much more. But you just have to take the two albums as two totally different sides of the coin. There are still some really great songs on here and I still highly recommended it.
Best Song: Mary Lady Bobby Kins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsI8k7WIAPU)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

08-17-2013, 06:20 PM

The Crybaby
Released on February 7th, 2000
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo – vocals, guitar, bass, noise
Dale Crover – drums, guitar, vocals, noise
Kevin Rutmanis – bass, slide bass, oscillator, harmonica, metronome, vocals, guitar
Leif Garrett – vocals on Smells Like Teen Spirit
David Yow – vocals on Blockbuster and Dry Drunk
Hank Williams III - guitar and vocals on Ramblin’ Man, vocals on Okie From Muskogee
Henry Bogdan – steel guitar on Ramblin’ Man and Okie From Muskogee
Mike Patton – vocals, sampler, guitar and percussion on G.I. Joe
J.G. Thirlwell – vocals and samples on Mine is No Disgrace
Eric Sanko – guitar and vocals on Spineless
Rick Lee – trash and samples on Spineless
Bruce Bromberg – guitar on Spineless
Adam Jones – guitar on Divorced
Justin Chancellor – bass on Divorced
Danny Carey – drums on Divorced
Maynard James Keenan – vocals on Divorced
Godzik Pink – interlude on Dry Drunk
Bliss Blood – vocals, Wurlitzer, treated vocals, electric sitar, musical saw and Sr. Wences samples on The Man with the Laughing Hand is Dead
Kevin Sharp – vocals and samples on Moon Pie

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)
2. Blockbuster (Jesus Lizard cover)
3. Ramblin’ Man (Hank Williams cover)
4. G.I. Joe
5. Mine is No Disgrace
6. Spineless (Skeleton Key cover)
7. Divorced
8. Dry Drunk
9. Okie From Muskogee (Merle Haggard cover)
10. The Man with the Laughing Hand is Dead
11. Moon Pie

This wasn’t originally intended to be the third part of the trilogy but they changed things and did this. This album was an oddball of the Melvins performing originals and covers with a guest artist on every song; weather it was vocally, musically or with soundscapes. The guests consist of a who’s-who of people from cool underground music. David Yow of the Jesus Lizard, Kevin Sharpe of Brutal Truth, Hank Williams III, Mike Patton and some band called Tool. They even dug up a former teen idol to sing Smells Like Teen Spirit. The others are all well respected in their own regards but I really don’t know who they are. The only problem with all those guests was a really uneven listening experience. The Melvins are by no means a paint by the numbers kind of the band but no matter what they’re doing you can still tell that it’s the Melvins. These songs are all wicked on their own but one after another it’s more like you’re listening to a soundtrack or a compilation. I’m still glad this came out but I think the original album they had thought of ending the trilogy with would’ve been a better choice. This is still worth your money.
Best Song: Divorced (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCPPPTZgWsQ)
Rating: 4 out of 5

08-17-2013, 06:24 PM
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Gluey Porch Treatments
Released: November 20th, 2000
Label: Ipecac

Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Matt Lukin – bass, vocals
Dale Crover – drums

1. Eye Flys
2. Echo Head/Don’t Piece Me
3. Heater Moves and Eyes
4. Steve Instant Newman
5. Influence of Atmosphere
6. Exact Paperbacks
7. Happy Grey or Black
8. Leeech
9. Glow God
10. Big As a Mountain
11. Heaviness of the Load
12. Flex With You
13. Bitten into Sympathy
14. Gluey Porch Treatments
15. Clipping Roses
16. As It Was
17. Over from Under the Excrement
18. Echohead (Demo)
19. Flex With You (Demo)
20. Don’t Piece Me (Demo)
21. Bitten into Sympathy (Demo)
22. Exact Paperbacks (Demo)
23. Glow God/Big As a Mountain (Demo)
24. Heaviness of the Load (Demo)
25. Happy Grey or Black (Demo)
26. Heater Moves and Eyes (Demo)
27. Gluey Porch Treatments (Demo)
28. Eye Flys (Demo)
29. Clipping Roses (Demo)

I didn’t like Gluey Porch Treatments in its original incarnation so why would I want to hear eleven demos of the same songs? I don’t, so I never bought this. I have mixed feelings about their work with Ipecac and I’ll get more into that in the second half of this thread. But this release can be seen as a beginning of a new stage in the Melvins career. A stage where they’re allowed to release pretty much anything they want. And it hasn’t always yielded great results.
Best Song: Gluey Porch Treatments (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIMhOu827Kg&list=PLFB09C4467673F090)
Rating: 1.5 out of 5

08-17-2013, 06:33 PM

Released on February 6th, 2001
Label: Man’s Ruin

King Buzzo – vocals, guitar, and RMS 2000
Dale – drums, guitar, backing vocals, organ and RMS 2000
Kevin – bass, backing vocals, slide bass, string arrangement and RMS 2000
Mark Deutrom – bass on Shit Storm, Tipping the Lion and Interstellar Overdrive

1. Shit Storm
2. Youth of America (Wipers cover)
3. Gluey Porch Treatments (New & Improved Version)
4. Revolve (New & Improved Version)
5. Missing (Cows cover)
6. Lovely Butterflies (New & Improved Version)
7. Tipping the Lion (New & Improved Version)
8. Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd cover)

I see this as the last great Melvins release before they started to tumble. There are some really cool covers on here as well as some reworking of some older songs that are really interesting to hear. The unfortunate thing about this album is Man’s Ruin went out of business shortly after it was released and this album is long out of print, and pretty impossible to find. Too bad, Man's Ruin released some really good music around the turn of the century. And if the Melvins had stayed with them rather than going with Ipecac maybe they would've given them a little less freedom and kept some of the shit music that came out later on from seeing the light of day. If you can find it I suggest you buy it, PM me and mail it to me.
Best Song: Tipping the Lion (New & Improved Version) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB69Ifm9Fzg)
Rating: 4 out of 5

08-18-2013, 05:50 PM

Colossus of Destiny
Released on April 16th, 2001
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo - performer
Dale Crover – performer
Korny Ass Joker (Kevin Rutmanis) - performer
Adam Jones – performer

1. Untitled
2. Untitled

Wow, this one is a hard pill to swallow. This album will test the limits of how much you’re willing to abuse yourself to consider yourself a fan of the Melvins. It’s a live album recorded about two and a half years before it was released (December 13th, 1998 to be exact) and isn’t meant to be enjoyable at all. It’s a one hour-long torturous block of feedback, noise, and random sample before segueing into Eyes Flys. That’s it. It’s not one bit fun to listen to and in the ten years since it came out I myself have probably listened to it three times. As terrible as it is it’s a perfect Melvins album and is exactly what I’d expect from them. It was actually supposed to be part three of the trilogy before the idea for the Crybaby came about and it would have been a perfect ending to that series. Just a huge mind-fuck. I still consider this to be amongst the good Melvins releases but it’s just a prime example of Ipecac letting the Melvins release whatever they want. I would only recommend this to the hardest of the die-hards.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: 4 out of 5

08-18-2013, 05:55 PM

Shit Sandwich….And You Just Took A Bite
Released on October 15th, 2001
Label: Amphetamine Reptile


A Side:
1. Shit Sandwich

B Side:
2. ...And You Just Took A Bite

A seven inch single with two blank sides. Just the Melvins being pricks. I don't even know why I'm including this in my already incomplete history lesson. Maybe I just find it funny.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A (0 out of 5 if you actually paid money for this)

08-18-2013, 06:13 PM

Millennium Monsterwork 2000
Released on April 1st, 2002
Label: Ipecac

Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Trevor Dunn – bass
King Buzzo – guitar, vocals
Dave Lombardo – drums
Mike Patton – vocals, samples, electronics
Kevin Rutmanis – bass
David Scott Stone – guitar, electronics

1. Good Morning Slaves (Book 1: Page 27)
2. Night Goat
3. The Omen (Ave Satani)
4. Cholo Charlie (Book 1: Page 3)
5. White Men Are the Vermin of the Earth
6. Terpulative Guns & Drugs (Book 1: Page 28)
7. Ol’ Black Stooges
8. Ripping Chicken Meat (Book 1: Page 1)
9. The Bit
10. Musthing with the Phunts (Book 1: Page 29)
11. Me and the Farmer (Book 1: Page 14)
12. She’s a Puker (Book 1: Page 6)
13. The Turkey Doctor (Book 1: Page 10)
14. Hooch
15. Mombius Hibachi
16. Liquorton Gooksburg (Book 1: Page 23)
17. Skin Horse
18. Cape Fear

Here’s another prime example of the Melvins and Ipecac releasing something that really never needed to be released. I’m sure Mike Patton fanboys tell themselves that they love it but they’re probably in denial. This album actually spelled the end of my love affair with Mike Patton. This is a split album dubbed the Fantomas+Melvins Big Band, where both bands were on stage at the same time (Buzz was/is a member of both) and there are a lot of great Melvins songs on here and a lot of great Fantomas songs too. But Mike Patton just ruins the whole experience by being too much in the forefront of it all. The album died for me in the intro to Night Goat. The greatest bass riff of all-time was just ruined by him singing over it. That bass riff does not get fucked with and when Mike Patton is squawking like a monkey during it I just lost all respect for him and yelled at my speakers for him to shut the hell up and let the riff do it’s job. Since this album was recorded two years earlier it didn’t work. After that it was just not an enjoyable listening experience. Just a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. And a lot of the Melvins songs are just fragments too. It would’ve probably been amazing to see live but just listening to it on album was very frustrating. There were actually thirty two songs played at this show but half of them got cut. I’m really glad they did. I don’t think I want to hear Mary Lady Bobby Kins, Lovely Butterfly, Jew Boy Flower Head, Let It All Be and especially AMAZON get the same terrible treatment the Melvins songs that are on here did. If I heard Mike Patton making fart noises over AMAZON I really would’ve gotten very mad. I listened to this album a grand total of once, that was the day I got it ten years ago. I hated it so much that it came right out of my CD player, went back on the shelf and hasn’t even made it too my iTunes library. And it's really too bad because I remember being so excited for this album because I was a huge Patton fanboy at the time, not to mention a huge Melvins fan. I saw the tracklisting a few months before it came out and got really excited. Two of my favorite bands at the time, together. How could it not be awesome? Boy, was I ever wrong.
Best Song: nothing
Rating: 0 out of 5

08-18-2013, 06:20 PM

Hostile Ambient Takeover
Released on April 15th, 2002
Label: Ipecac

Dale Crover – drums, vocals, keyboards
Kevin Rutmanis – bass. Slide bass
King Buzzo – vocals, guitar
Sir David Scott Stone – thunder sheet, electric wire
Toshi Kasai - keyboards
Adam Jones - virus

1. -
2. Black Stooges
3. Dr. Geek
4. Little Judas Chongo
5. The Fool, the Meddling Idiot
6. The Brain Center at Whipples
7. Foaming
8. The Anti-Vermin Seed

This album is okay, just okay. I still had a pretty sour taste in my mouth from that Fantomas+Melvins album that had come out two weeks earlier but I thought maybe it was just one misstep. Black Stooges is good for the first half but starts falling apart and ends pretty anti-climactically. The Fool, the Meddling Idiot is really good and has one of my favorite song titles ever. And the Anti-Vermin Seed is a song that you just don’t want to fuck with. But two and a half songs can't save a sub-par album. The rest is pretty boring, standard hard rock. Nothing exciting. This was also the album where I started to notice how fucking terrible Mackie Osborne's artwork is.
Favorite Song: the Anti-Vermin Seed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TNUSExn4CU)
Rating: 2 out of 5

08-18-2013, 06:29 PM

Hostile Ambient Takeover Seven-Inch Singles
Released between January 28th, 2003 and March 11th, 2003
Label: Ipecac

Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Kevin Rutmanis – bass
King Buzzo – vocals, guitar

Single 1: Black Stooges/Foaming (fast version)
Single 2: Dr. Geek/Return of the Spiders (Alive Cooper cover)
Single 3: Little Judas Chongo/Jerkin’ Krokus (Mott The Hoople cover)
Single 4: The Fool, the Meddling Idiot/Promise Me (Gun Club cover)
Single 5: The Brain Center at Whipples/Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World (Ramones cover)
Single 6: Foaming/Arnie (Warlock Pinchers cover)
Single 7: The Anti-Vermin Seed

I have no desire to hear this. I didn’t really like Hostile Ambient Takeover that much, I don’t have a turntable and these are impossible to find anyway. And why would I want to hear the best song off Hostile Ambient Takeover fade-out halfway and have to flip the record over to hear the other half (the Anti-Vermin Seed). There’s another cover of a song called White Kids on Dope by a band called the Tubes that was recorded for these singles but I’m not sure where it ended up. And I don’t care.
Best Song: the Anti-Vermin Seed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg7gHwAEXqs)
Rating: N/A

08-20-2013, 12:21 AM

26 Songs
Released sometime in 2003
Label: Ipecac

Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Matt Lukin – bass, vocals
Dale Crover – drums

1. Easy As It Was
2. Now a Limo
3. Grinding Process
4. #2 Pencil
5. At a Crawl
6. Disinvite
7. Snake Appeal
8. Show Off Your Red Hands
9. Over From Underground
10. Cray Fish
11. Easy As It Was
12. Now A Limo
13. Grinding Process
14. At a Crawl
15. Disinvite
16. Snake Appeal
17. Set Me Straight
18. Show Off Your Red Hands
19. #2 Pencil
20. Grinding Process
21. Snake Appeal
22. At a Crawl
23. Operation Blessing
24. Breakfast on the Sly
25. Ever Since My Accident/Hugh

Here we are again. There was already a Six Songs, an Eight Songs and a Ten Songs released ten to fifteen years before this. Why did Ipecac and the Melvins feel it was necessary to release this? Unlike those other three releases this is just too much of the same. How many versions of At a Crawl, Grinding Process and Snake Appeal do you really need to hear within an hour? If your answer is three then I guess you should get this version of the “____ Songs” albums. I’ll stick with Ten Songs
Rating: 1 out of 5

08-20-2013, 12:28 AM

Melvinmania: the Best of the Atlantic Years 1993-1996
Released on September 16th, 2003
Label: Atlantic

Dale C – drums (bass on 1 - 5)
King B – vocals, guitar (bass on 1 - 5)
Lorax – bass on songs 1 -5 (credited, but not really)
Mark D – bass on songs 6 – 15
Billy Anderson - probably some bass on 1 - 5

1. Hooch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRTrAI3Yetk)
2. Lizzy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZiGPckX4Lo)
3. Honey Bucket (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5r9qwqpPc)
4. Set Me Straight
5. Pearl Bomb
6. Queen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BafSlqFVuGM)
7. Sweet Willy Rollbar
8. Revolve (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py2fG-NgfkA)
9. Roadbull
10. June Bug
11. The Bit
12. Bar-X-The Rocking M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk6xFA4iphk)
13. Tipping the Lion
14. Black Bock
15. Berthas
16. Rocket Reducer #62 (Rama Lama Fafafa) (Japanese release only)
17. Tipping the Lion B (Japanese release only)

Why Atlantic would try to cash in on a band they never promoted and dropped seven years earlier I’ll never know. Maybe there was an influx of Melvins popularity in 2003? I was a fan then and I don’t remember it. Whatever. The band had nothing to do with this and I bet they didn’t even get paid. There are some good songs on here but you’re better off buying the full-length albums. And there are some enhanced video clips, but they only included Honey Bucket, Revolve and Bar-X-The Rocking M. I’d never buy this but if you only want to buy one Melvins album to get a sample I can't say this won't do the job. You just have to live in Japan, Australia and some parts of Europe to be able to find it.
Favorite Song: Honey Bucket (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5r9qwqpPc)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

08-20-2013, 12:41 AM

Neither Here nor There
Released on March 9th, 2004
Label: Ipecac


1. Bar-X-The Rocking M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk6xFA4iphk)
2. Night Goat (AmRep CD single 1992 version)
3. Hog Leg
4. The Fool, the Meddling Idiot
5. Revolve (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py2fG-NgfkA)
6. Colossus of Destiny (thirty second sample)
7. Manky (intro edited down)
8. Oven
9. With Teeth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs2m6cS0sTA)
10. If You Get Bored
11. Let it All Be
12. Boris
13. Forgotten Principles
14. Prick (first thirty seconds of Roll Another One)
15. Mombius Hibachi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGbp_3lfMDk)
16. At A Crawl
17. Hooch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRTrAI3Yetk)
18. Eye Flys

I keep asking this question but why release this? The Melvins have a lot of strange collectables that I never got into on this thread because they weren't really music released. But I remember there's a live eight-track that came out in the late-1990's and lots of other fucked up stuff. KISS have a lot of collectables and the Melvins (being huge KISS fans) have a lot of stuff too. Their stuff usually has this odd, twisted edge to it. This CD is actually a companion piece to the coffee table book of artwork that came out to commemorate their twentieth anniversary as a band. I’m not going to lie; I never really liked much of the Melvins artwork, especially the stuff by Mackie Osbourne (who has done all their artwork since they joined with Ipecac). Her artwork is minimal, boring, the same…really just god-awful. I fucking hate her art. And the book is just pictures. No stories, no interviews, no tablature. So I have no reason to ever open the book. But the CD has a lot of good songs. The alternate version of Night Goat is worth seeking out but I think there’s a CD single that you can find it on that’s more worth your time. I’ll score this release based on the CD, not the book.
Favorite Song: With Teeth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEvxgPPDqog) (awesome live version from 1995)
Rating: 4 out of 5

08-21-2013, 12:31 AM

Pigs of the Roman Empire (w/Lustmord)
Released on August 23rd, 2004
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo – vocals, guitar, bass, electronics
Dale Crover – drums, guitar
Kevin Rutmanis – bass, slide bass, electronics, guitar, keyboards
Adam Jones – guitar
B. Lustmord – sound design, programming and production
Sir David Scott Stone – additional electronics and keyboards

1. III
2. The Bloated Pope
3. Toadi Acceleratio
4. Pigs of the Roman Empire
5. Pink Bat
6. ZZZZ Best
7. Safety Third
8. Idolatrous Apostate
9. Untitled (Hidden Track)

One of the rare gems in the Melvins post 2000 careers. Lustmord (I don’t even really know or care who he is) adds some nice textures to the Melvins music and they provide some of the best riffs they’ve written in a while. The album is mostly instrumental and has some really fucked up shit on it but it’s probably the last Melvins full-length album I enjoyed.
Best Song: Pigs of the Roman Empire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOVFgOU_IF0&list=SP1F2B18DF3D181CCF) (I can't find a link to the full twenty minute version, but this is my favorite part)
Rating: 4 out of 5

08-21-2013, 12:41 AM

Never Breath What You Can’t See
Released on October 19th, 2004
Label: Alternative Tentacles

Osama McDonald (Jello Biafra) – vocals
Saddam Disney (Dale Crover) – drums, percussion, lead guitar on Yuppie Cadillac and The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism
Jon Benet Milosevic (Buzz Osbourne) – backup vocals, guitar
George W. McVeigh (Kevin Rutmanis) – bass, slide bass on Dawn of the Locusts
Adam Jones - guitar on Islamic Bomb, Caped Crusader, Enchanted Thoughtfist and Dawn of the Locusts
Tom 5 – backup vocals
John the Barker – backup vocals
Adrienne Droogas – backup vocals
Wendy-O-Matik – backup vocals
Loto Ball – backup vocals
Johnny NoMoniker - backup vocals
Ali G. North – backup vocals
Lady Monster – backup vocals
Jesse Luscious - backup vocals

1. Plethysmograph
2. McGruff the Crime Dog
3. Yuppie Cadillac
4. Islamic Bomb
5. The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism
6. Caped Crusader
7. Enchanted Thoughtfist
8. Dawn of the Locusts

The Melvins teamed up with Dead Kennedy’s front man Jello Biafra to form a super group of sorts called “Jelvins”. They fizzled out pretty quickly. This album has some really cool riffs but I’ve never been a fan of the Dead Kennedys or Jello Biafra so I just can’t listen to it very much. Jello Biafra legitimately scares me. Just in interviews his voice and facial expressions creep the hell out of me. And his social commentary about how terrible the world really is scares the crap out of me.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-24-2013, 08:12 PM

Mangled Demos from 1983
Released on May 31st, 2005
Label: Ipecac

Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Matt Lukin – bass
Mike Dillard – drums

1. Elks Lodge Christmas Broadcast
2. If You Get Bored (live)
3. Forgotten Principles
4. Snake Appeal
5. (a picture of a flower)
6. If You Get Bored
7. Set Me Straight
8. (a communist star)
9. I’m Dry
10. Forgotten Principles
11. I Don’t Know
12. Matt-Alec
13. The Real You
14. Run Around
15. Keep Away From Me
16. (a picture of a clover)
17. Bibulous Confabulation During Rehearsal
18. (an iron cross)
19. (a picture of a pencil)
20. Matt-Alec
21. Walter
22. (a picture of broken scissors)
23. (a picture of an airplane)

Again, I don’t want to hear a bunch of old demos from thirty years ago. If you’re going to release some old stuff, Melvins, release some old stuff from your 1990’s heyday. I guess this is good for historical purposes but that doesn't mean I'm going to listen, or care. The story of some of the song titles in interesting. Some of the titles were forgotten over the years, so they just put a little picture as the song title instead. Ok, so maybe it wasn't that interesting.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-24-2013, 08:15 PM

We Reach: the Music of the Melvins
Released on August 23rd, 2005
Label: Fractured Transmitter Recording Company


1. Night Goat (covered by Mare)
2. Honey Bucket (covered by the Dillinger Escape Plan)
3. The Bit (covered by Mastodon)
4. Zodiac (covered by Strapping Young Lad)
5. Claude (covered by Pig Destroyer)
6. Oven (covered by High on Fire & Keelhaul)
7. Shevil (covered by Meatjack)
8. Joan of Arc (covered by Strapadon Factory)
9. Boris (covered by Isis & Agoraphobic Nosebleed)
10. Revolve (covered by Pitch Black Forecast)
11. Easy as it Was (covered by Eyehategod)
12. Anaconda (covered by Dog Fashion Disco)
13. Raise a Paw (covered by Disengage)
14. Hog Leg (covered by Blessing the Hogs)
15. Laughing with Lucifer at Satan’s Sideshow (covered by CKY & Gnarkill)
16. Copache (covered by Maritime Murder)
17. Bar-X-The Rocking M (covered by Made out of Babies)
18. Echohead/Don’t Piece Me (covered by Pincer 2)

Oh god, this album sucks. It’s odd that there are so many bands on this tribute that I really enjoy covering so many songs I enjoy, yet I hate this record so much. Sometimes the stars don’t align or whatever. This is terrible. AVOID. Here’s another review I did of this a few weeks ago.
(http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=534750&postcount=143)Best Song: Disengage – Raise a Paw
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GG7qaSiZsg)Rating: 0 out of 5

08-24-2013, 08:19 PM

Sieg Howdy!
Released on September 26th, 2005
Label: Alternative Tentacles

J Lo (Jello Biafra) – vocals
Kim Jong Buzzo (Buzz Osbourne) – guitar, backing vocals
Kevin Rutmaninoff (Kevin Rutmanis) – bass
Dale E. Sitty (Dale Crover) – drums, backing vocals
Adam Jones – guitar on Lessons in What Not To Become, Kal-Fornia Uber Alles 21st Century (live), Dawn of the Locust (March of the Locusts Deadverse Remix), Enchanted Thoughtfist (Enchanted Al Remix) and Caped Crusader (Subway Gas/Hello Kitty Mix)
Dave “the Incredible Hulk” Stone – bass on Kal-Fornia Uber Alles 21st Century (live), backing vocals
Mike Scaccia – additional guitar on Enchanted Thoughtfist (Enchanted Al Remix)
Marshell Lawless – backing vocals
Ali G. North – backing vocals
Jesse Luscious – backing vocals
Lady Monster – backing vocals
Tom 5 – backing vocals
Adrienne Droogas – backing vocals
John the Barker – backing vocals
Loto Ball – backing vocals
Wendy-O-Matic – backing vocals
Johnny NoMoniker – backing vocals

1. Halo of Flies
2. Lighter Side of Global Terrorism (Extended Space-Melt Version)
3. Lessons in What Not To Become
4. Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)
5. Wholly Buy Bull
6. Voted Off the Island
7. Kal-Fornia Uber Alles 21st Century (live)
8. Dawn of the Locust (March of the Locusts Deadverse Remix)
9. Enchanted Thoughtfist (Enchanted Al Remix)
10. Caped Crusader (Subway Gas/Hello Kitty Mix)

I never got into this for the same reason I never got into the other Jelvins release. I fear Jello Biafra.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-25-2013, 05:26 PM

A Live History of Gluttony and Lust
Released on May 16th, 2006
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo – guitar, vocals, liner notes, extra percussion on track Spread Eagle Beagle
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Trevor Dunn – bass, vocals, extra percussion on Spread Eagle Beagle
Lustmord – extra percussion on Spread Eagle Beagle

1. Pearl Bomb
2. Hooch
3. Night Goat
4. Lizzy
5. Going Blind (KISS cover)
6. Copache
7. Set Me Straight/DCH (Cream cover)
8. Sky Pup
9. Teet
10. Joan of Arc
11. Honey Bucket
12. Hag Me
13. Spread Eagle Beagle

This really was a waste of money. It’s the Houdini album recorded live in an empty warehouse and out of sequence. It gets points for one reason and that’s that they’re really good representation of the album versions of the songs. No Mike Patton making stupid noises over Night Goat. But at the same time it offers me nothing that Houdini doesn't already have. So would I have liked it more if they did different takes on their songs, changed them up a bit? Maybe, if they had of somehow made them better? We'll never know. Witnessing this live would’ve been awesome but to release it was really pointless. It may be cool if you’ve never heard Houdini but for me it had nothing to offer. I may have listened to it once or twice in eight years.
Best Song: Night Goat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtbH-6nD4JI)
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

08-25-2013, 05:36 PM

(A) Senile Animal
Released on October 10th, 2006
Label: Ipecac

Coady Willis – drums, vocals
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Jared Warren – bass guitar, vocals
King Buzzo – guitar, vocals

1. The Talking Horse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBaxRYGtrkI)
2. Blood Witch
3. Civilized Worm
4. A History of Drunks
5. Rat Faced Granny
6. The Hawk
7. You’re Never Been Right
8. A History of Bad Men
9. The Mechanical Bride
10. A Vast Filth Prison

This is just more of the same style of music the Melvins released at this stage of their career. I guess you could call it “butt-rock” or “old-man-rock”. It just lacks that excitement factor that their earlier stuff has. To me this album and the ones that follow just sound like a band that went into the studio, recorded a few songs and got the fuck out. I do like the pacing of this album. The first seven songs are pretty fast and short and they really run into each other well. But I listen to this and then listen to Lysol and I get a little sad that the band that recorded Lysol isn’t around anymore. So maybe this album is really good and I'm just jaded. Maybe my expectations are just too high. Buzz and Dale were joined by some drum, bass and vocal duo called Big Business on this album and they became official members of the band. So that meant two drummers and a lot of gang-vocals. The drumming on this album and any of the albums with the Big Business guys is pretty good. The songs just suck. For some reason I’ve just never liked the Big Business guys. I’ve never heard a note of their music (Big Business) but in the promo-pictures, liner notes and interviews…they just annoy me.
Best Song: Blood Witch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZATGTKra8o0)
Rating: 2 out of 5

08-25-2013, 05:38 PM

Making Love Demos
Released on October 9th, 2007
Label: Bifocal Media

Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Dale Crover – drums
Matt Lukin – bass

1. Creepy Smell
2. My Small % Shows Most
3. Dime Lined Divide
4. Excess Pool
5. Vile Vermillion Vacancy
6. We Got Worries Here
7. Let God Be Your Gardener
8. Repulsion

Why keep releasing old demos from thirty years ago no one really wants to hear? Don’t they have some B-Sides from Honky sitting around? Or some different versions of songs from Lysol collecting dust they could put out? This was released with a magazine or a comic book or something. Something that I have even less desire to spend time with than the music.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-25-2013, 05:48 PM

Nude With Boots
Released on July 8th, 2008
Label: Ipecac

Coady Willis – drums, vocals
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Jared Warren – bass guitar, vocals
King Buzzo – guitar, vocals

1. The Kicking Machine
2. Billy Fish
3. Dog Island
4. Dies Iraea
5. Suicide in Progress
6. The Smiling Cobra
7. Nude with Boots
8. Flush
9. The Stupid Creep
10. The Savage Hippy
11. It Tastes Better Than the Truth

This album just sucks. It sounds like they’re going through the motions in their later lives. The first thirty seconds of the Smiling Cobra is okay and the Stupid Creep is all right, but that’s about two minutes of this albums music. The rest just drags. You know an album is bad when your favorite song is an odd, ambient outro. This was the album when I finally just gave up on the Melvins. I realized they weren’t going to ever put out music like Lysol or Houdini or the Maggot ever again. And aside from buying some older stuff that I hadn’t bought from the Napster days I haven’t bought anything “new” from them.
Best Song: It Tastes Better Than the Truth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCUYbVJMlBg&list=PLQqc8r9DInoBlt7h8GV-ELKMFwnxhuWdY&index=11)
Rating: 0.5 out of 5

08-25-2013, 05:58 PM

Melvins vs. Minneapolis
Released in 2008
Label: Amphetamine Reptile


This is a massive set of three live albums recorded at various points in the Melvins career, all in Minneapolis. Why Minneapolis? I have no idea. Discs one and two are audio of two concerts disc three is MP3 files of nine more concerts. So there is a lot to go through. I’ll just link to the wikipedia page for this album so you can see the track list (http://www.themelvins.net/wiki/index.php?title=Melvins_vs_Minneapolis). God knows there is some great stuff on here. Some tracks repeat too often though, and it would be nice to have gotten some live sets from the 1990’s.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-28-2013, 01:08 AM

Chicken Switch
Released on September 19th, 2009
Label: Ipecac

Who knows?

1. Eye Yamatsuka – Washmachine Sk8tronics
2. Christoph Heeman – Emperor Twaddle Remix
3. V/VM – She Chokes Her Dying Breath and Does It in My Face
4. John Duncan – AAHHH…
5. Matmos – Linkshander
6. Lee Ranaldo – EggNog Trilogy: i) She’s Ivanhoe ii) Cancer iii) Inebriated
7. Merzbow – SHOW REM REM IBVZ
8. David Scott Stone – Prick Concrete/Revolution M
9. Panacea – Queen (Electroclash Remix)
10. Sunroof! – The Silky Apple Butter of Youth
11. Kawabata Makoto – 4th Floor Helicopter
12. Farmersmanual – disp_tx_skel_mach_murx
13. Void Manes – Overgoat
14. RLW – Over from Under the Dog, Girl & Boy Treatment
15. Speedranch – Hard Revenge Milly Bloody Battle VS. the Melvins Ozmatized Gore Police (Feat. Cardopusher of the Five Deadly Venoms)

A remix album. I’ve never heard a note off this but I’ve heard it’s fucking awful. That’s all I needed to hear to know to avoid this. The song titles are probably the most interesting thing about this album. And the fact that the artists were given a full album to work into their songs. Oh, and that Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth does one track. And I like the cover. But the music is total shit from what I've read.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-28-2013, 01:10 AM

The Bride Screamed Murder
Released on July 1st, 2010
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo – guitar, vocals
Coady Willis – drums, vocals
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Jared Warren – bass, vocals

1. The Water Glass
2. Evil New War God
3. Pig House
4. I’ll Finish You Off
5. Electric Flower (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W1eXDxlwmE)
6. Hospital Up
7. Inhumanity and Death
8. My Generation
9. P.G. x 3

Again, more midlife hard rock. I at least sampled a bit of this album before I wasted my money. I did see the Melvins on the tour for this album, the only time I ever saw the Melvins. And it was probably one of the worst concerts of my life. The band didn’t want to be there, they have something against Toronto. It was so bad that I may never see them again.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-30-2013, 07:40 PM

Sugar Daddy Live
Released on May 31st, 2011
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo - guitar, vocals
Coady Willis - drums, vocals
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Jared Warren – bass, vocals

1. Nude with Boots
2. Dog Island
3. Dies Irea
4. Civilized Worm
5. The Kicking Machine
6. Eye Flys
7. Tipping the Lion
8. Rat Faced Granny
9. The Hawk
10. You’ve Never Been Right
11. A History of Bad Men
12. Star Spangled Banner
13. Boris

If you’ve read any of my other threads you know that I’m not too into live albums. This one is especially not interesting to me since it has way too much Nude With Boots crap.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-30-2013, 07:49 PM

The Bulls & the Bees
Released on March 13th, 2012
Label: Scion A/V

King Buzzo – guitar, vocals
Coady Willis – drums, vocals
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Jared Warren – bass, vocals

1. The War on Wisdom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6ggvDpEvvc)
2. We Are Doomed
3. Friends Before Larry
4. A Really Long Wait
5. National Hamster

This is the only music the Melvins have released with the Big Business guys that I can say I liked. Like actually enjoyed listening to and wished it didn’t end. And that’s really thanks to the brilliant songs Friends Before Larry and A Really Long Wait. Those two songs really reminded me of the Stag album (specifically Sterilized and Lacrimosa) in the way that they’re really warped, scary and not very characteristic of the Melvins in relation to the rest of the album. And the way that they meld into one another and make a perfect beast of a song. It just made me so happy listening to those songs to hear the band from twenty years earlier come out. The rest is the standard Melvins post millennium style rock but for some reason it just sounds better. Maybe in small doses their newer style is easier for me to get into. But the band just sounds like they care on this EP. Maybe because Scion gave them money and Ipecac was nowhere to be seen?
Favorite Song: Friends Before Larry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_neVA_ObmvI)
Rating: 3 out of 5

08-30-2013, 07:54 PM

Freak Puke
Released on June 5th, 2012
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo – guitar, vocals
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Trevor Dunn – standup bass, vocals
James McAleer – backing vocals on Let Me Roll It
Dan Raymond – backing vocals and additional guitar on Let Me Roll It

1. Mr. Rip-Off
2. Inner Ear Rupture
3. Baby Won’t You Weird Me Out
4. Worm Farm Waltz
5. A Growing Disgust
6. Leon Versus the Revolution
7. Holy Barbarians
8. Freak Puke
9. Let Me Roll It (Paul McCartney cover)
10. Tommy Goes Berserk

The band turned into the Melvins-Lite on this album. They insist that the Big Business guys are still in the band but this is just a different version of it. It actually came about when the Big Business guys were touring behind one of their own albums so Dale and Buzz started jamming with Trevor Dunn (of Mr. Bungle fame). It sounds like their last three “proper” albums, just with less drums. It really is just a lighter version of the Melvins. I thought the little bit I heard last year was pretty cool but when I went back and listened to the full album on youTube I really didn’t like it. The bass got really annoying after a few songs and the guitar tone is too tinny. It's more enjoyable than the Big Business albums but that's not saying much.
Best Song: A Growing Disgust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UypNPqci-c)
Rating: 2 out of 5

08-30-2013, 07:57 PM

Melvins 1983
Released on August 21st, 2012
Label: Amphetamine Reptile

King Buzzo – guitar, vocals
Mike Dillard – drums
Dale Crover – bass, vocals

1. Psycho-Delic Haze
2. Stick ‘em Up Bitch
3. Stump Farmer
4. Walter’s Lips (Lewd cover)

Now things are just getting confusing. First the Big Business guys join. Then they do Melvins-Lite with Trevor Dunn on bass but insist that the Big Business guys are still in the band, just a different version of the band. Now they release this with their original drummer and Dale on bass. So who are the Melvins anymore? Is Mark Deutrom going to come back and they'll have a forth version of the band that makes good music? I didn’t even know this existed until I was researching for this thread. So I decided to at least check it out online. It’s really nothing to get excited about. Musically it’s very similar to the Big Business stuff just with way less drumming. Vocally it’s the same. And the guitar tone is shit. Stump Farmer shows some promise. Maybe with some better production and mixing they’ll make a decent album with this line-up.
Best Song: Stump Farmer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYwEl4HDm54)
Rating: 2 out of 5

08-30-2013, 08:02 PM

Everybody Loves Sausages
Released on April 30th, 2013
Label: Ipecac

King Buzzo – guitar, vocals
Coady Willis – drums, vocals
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Jared Warren – bass, vocals
Trevor Dunn – bass, vocals on Female Trouble, Timothy Leary Lives and Romance
Scott Kelly – vocals on Warhead
Calen Benjamin - ? on Best Friend
Mark Arm – vocals on Set it on Fire
JG Thirlwell - ? on Station to Station
Clem Burke - ? on Attitude
Jello Biafra – vocals on In Every Dream Home a Heartache
Kevin Rutmanis – bass on In Every Dream Home a Heartache
Tom Hazelmeyer - ? on Art School

1. Warhead (Venom cover)
2. Best Friend (Queen cover)
3. Black Betty (cover, original artist unknown)
4. Set it on Fire (Scientists cover)
5. Station to Station (David Bowie cover)
6. Attitude (Kinks cover)
7. Female Trouble (Divine (aka John Waters) cover)
8. Carpe Deim (the Fugs cover)
9. Timothy Leary Lives (Pop-O-Pies cover)
10. In Every Dream Home a Heartache (Roxy Music cover)
11. Romance (Tales of Terror cover)
12. Art School (Jam cover)
13. Heathen Earth (Throbbing Gristle cover)

I’ve learned my lesson; avoid cover albums. And since I don’t like much of the Melvins later stuff I have even more reason to avoid this. I did hear the cover of In Every Dreamhome a Heartache and it wasn’t that bad. But I won’t get fooled into buying this.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A

08-30-2013, 08:13 PM
So, that’s most of it. The Melvins have released a ton of one off singles, seven inch split singles and alternate versions of songs that it would take me months to find and research. But this should give you a good starting ground.

They’re still around today (obviously) and have a new album coming out in November 2013 with the Melvins 1983 line-up of Buzz, Dale and Matt Dillard.

I sometimes wonder if Ipecac records was really good for the band. Yes, it's given a home and stability for almost fifteen years. But maybe they needed a label that wasn't run by their friends and would keep them in line. Ipecac and AmRep let them release whatever they want and it hasn't been good most of the time. I don’t know what was going on with Boner but they were releasing such better music back then. And I know Atlantic probably had their fingers in everything the band did. But maybe they've just hit a phase in their musical lives that just isn’t gelling with my musical tastes.

I've seen the Melvins live once (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=14567&highlight=melvins). I don’t know how often they played Toronto pre-2000 but I know post-2000 they never played here. They even cancelled appearances in Toronto when they were touring with Tool in 2002 and Down in 2009. And it’s not like they weren’t touring. The Melvins are touring monsters, usually doing at least two tours a year. So finally they returned to Toronto in 2010 and I was able to get the rail, right in front of Buzz. But on that night something just seemed odd. The band just didn’t look like they wanted to be there. And they were touring for the Bride Screamed Murder so a lot of what they played I didn’t really like. It was such an odd, awkward concert that I don’t know if I’ll ever see them again. I also got to see Buzz touring with Fantomas in 1999 (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=22274&highlight=fantomas) and I got the rail at that show too. Maybe seeing a longhaired, juvenile adamclark52 made him realize that he never wanted to come back to Toronto. And maybe seeing me standing in the front row eleven years later he was like, “fuck this, that kid’s still there, this show is done, let’s get this over with and get out of here”.

I got so frustrated just writing these reviews. I love their 1990’s music so much and can live with the 1980’s stuff. But most of the post-millennium stuff has been so bad and I just don’t know where it went wrong. I know that they will never go back to sounding like those days. I’ve accepted that their mew music will be this boring hard-rock and if they are going to release any old material it will be some boom box demos from the mid-1980’s. And even if they did release some unreleased stuff from the 1990’s they’d probably butcher it somehow. I wish they’d just break up or stop putting music out.

Here’s my ranking of all the albums I’ve heard. I'd say the top eighteen are worth your time.
1. the Maggot
2. Lysol
3. Bullhead
4. Honky
5. the Bootlicker
6. Stag
7. Houdini
8. Eggnog
9. Electroretard
10. The Crybaby
11. Pigs of the Roman Empire
12. King Buzzo
13. Colossus of Destiny
14. Dale Crover
15. Stoner Witch
16. the Bulls & the Bees
17. Joe Preston
18. Prick
19. A History of Gluttony and Lust
20. Ozma
21. (A) Senile Animal
22. 10 Songs
23. Hostile Ambient Takeover
24. Freak Puke
25. Melvins 1983
26. Singles 1-12
27. Gluey Porch Treatments
28. Nude with Boots
29. Millennium Monsterwork

If you figure out the average of all the scores I gave the albums the Melvins get a three out of five.

Whatever (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFn1UUI6bj8).

08-31-2013, 07:45 AM
I've seen them 7 times and they are always great live. Perhaps maybe you just got the random shitty show?

08-31-2013, 09:21 AM
I've seen them 7 times and they are always great live. Perhaps maybe you just got the random shitty show?

I think so because I've heard so many people say they're awesome live. And there's something about Toronto I think. I can look passed the fact that they played a lot of songs i didnt like and say that performance wise they were great. The overall mood was just so cold.