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Old 08-13-2013, 09:53 AM
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Prick
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
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:20 AM
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Stoner Witch
Released on October 18th, 1994
Label: Atlantic

Line-Up:
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
3. Sweet Willy Rollbar
4. Revolve
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
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:23 AM
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Tora Tora Tora
Released in 1995
Label: X-Mas

Line-Up:
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.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:34 AM
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Stag
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
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 and Lacrimosa (you have to listen to both to get the full effect)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Don't they have an EP or a demo or something featuring Kurt Cobain?
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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.
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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!
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Honky
Released on May 5th, 1997
Label: Amphetamine Reptile

Line-Up:
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
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
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Stupid question,but which release has their Grunge stuff?
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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
11. GGIIBBYY
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
Rating: 1.5 out of 5
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