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
. 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
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
5. the Bootlicker
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
19. A History of Gluttony and Lust
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.