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Old 08-30-2013, 06:57 PM
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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
Rating: 2 out of 5
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:02 PM
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Everybody Loves Sausages
Released on April 30th, 2013
Label: Ipecac

Line-Up:
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.
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Rating: N/A
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:13 PM
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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
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.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:45 AM
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I've seen them 7 times and they are always great live. Perhaps maybe you just got the random shitty show?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:21 AM
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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.
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