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

Line-Up:
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
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:27 PM
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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.
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The Maggot
Released on May 17th, 1999
Label: Ipecac

Line-Up:
King Buzzo – vocals, guitar and bass
Dale Crover – drums, guitar and vocals
Kevin Rutmanis – bass, slide bass and screaming

1. amazon
2. amazon
3. AMAZON
4. 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
Rating: 5 out of 5
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The Bootlicker
Released on August 23rd, 1999
Label: Ipecac

Line-Up:
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
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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The Crybaby
Released on February 7th, 2000
Label: Ipecac

Line-Up:
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
Rating: 4 out of 5
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:24 PM
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Gluey Porch Treatments
Released: November 20th, 2000
Label: Ipecac

Line-up:
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
Rating: 1.5 out of 5
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Electroretard
Released on February 6th, 2001
Label: Man’s Ruin

Line-Up:
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)
Rating: 4 out of 5
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Colossus of Destiny
Released on April 16th, 2001
Label: Ipecac

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

Line-up:
N/A

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

Line-Up:
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
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