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Melvins

The Melvins were the first post-punk band to revel in the slow, sludgy sounds of Black Sabbath. Their music is oppressively slow and heavy, only without any of the silly mystical lyrics or the indulgent guitar solos; it's just one massive, oozing pile of dark slime. The Melvins' first record was released in 1987; they've released many albums since then, but it wasn't until 1993 that they went to a major label, thanks to their protégé, Kurt Cobain. While some may find the Melvins dull and repetitious, their place in rock history is interesting, even if considered to be just a footnote.

The band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, the same town that produced Nirvana's Cobain and Krist Novoselic. For Nirvana and many other Seattle-area bands, the Melvins' sludge was inspirational; the younger bands took the Sabbath-styled heaviness of the Melvins, while adding an equally important pop song structure, which the group tended to lack. While all of their disciples became famous after Nirvana broke big in 1991 (including Mudhoney, which featured former Melvins bassist Matt Lukin), the Melvins only expanded their cult slightly. They did earn a major-label contract with Atlantic, but after releasing three records for the label, they were dropped in late 1996 and the group returned to indie status, landing with Amphetamine Reptile for 1998's Alive at the F*cker Club. The late '90s and early 2000s century saw a flurry of releases by the band: The Maggot, The Bootlicker, The Crybaby, Electroretard, The Colossus of Destiny, Hostile Ambient Takeover, Pigs of the Roman Empire, and Houdini Live 2005: A Live History of Gluttony and Lust, all of which (except for the fourth one) were issued on Mike Patton's Ipecac label.

In addition to their Melvins activities, singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne joined Patton (and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn) for the experimental outfit Fantômas, resulting in a number of releases (1999's self-titled debut, 2001's The Director's Cut, 2002's Millennium Monsterwork by "the Fantômas Melvins Big Band" (recorded live in San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2000 but not released until two years later), 2004's Delirium Cordia, and 2005's Suspended Animation), while the Melvins' latest bassist, Kevin Rutmanis, joined Patton in another side project, Tomahawk. In 2006, Big Business bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis joined the Melvins, appearing on that year's Senile Animal album. The follow-ups, 2008's Nude with Boots, 2010's The Bride Screamed Murder, and a live album titled Sugar Daddy Live, were recorded with the same lineup and released by Ipecac.

The band returned in 2012 with a stripped-down lineup, dubbed Melvins Lite, for Freak Puke, which found Crover and Osborne recording without the boys from Big Business, instead adding standup bassist Dunn to their roster to round out the band's already formidable bottom-end sound. Mixing things up even further, the band teamed up with a host of guests, including the likes of Jello Biafra and J.G. Thirlwell, for Everybody Loves Sausages, an album of covers that arrived in 2013. Another new album, Tres Cabrones, released in November of that same year, saw them reunited with original drummer Mike Dillard -- who had previously appeared only on their early demo tapes -- while usual drummer Dale Crover took over on bass duties. Another odd team-up occurred in 2014, as Crover and Osborne joined the Butthole Surfers' J.D. Pinkus and Paul Leary on the eclectic Hold It In. Two unusual releases from the Melvins arrived in 2016. An album the group began recording in 1999 with Mike Kunka of Godheadsilo was finally completed and released as Three Men and a Baby, credited to Mike & the Melvins. And in mid-2016 they issued Basses Loaded, where the group recruited a handful of favorite bass players to collaborate on songs. The guest artists included Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, Steve McDonald of Redd Kross and OFF!, Jeff Pinkus, Trevor Dunn, and Jared Warren. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bulls & The Bees / Electroretard

1. The War On Wisdom

2. We Are Doomed

3. Friends Before Larry

4. A Really Long Wait

5. National Hamster

6. S**t Storm

7. Youth Of America

8. Gluey Porch Treatments

9. Revolve

10. Missing

11. Lovely Butterflies

12. Tipping The Lion

13. Interstellar Overdrive

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Track List: Hold It In

1. Bride Of Crankenstein

2. You Can Make Me Wait

3. Brass Cupcake

4. Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit

5. Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad

6. Eyes On You

7. Sesame Street Meat

8. Nine Yards

9. The Bunk Up

10. I Get Along Hollow Moon

11. Piss Pisstoferson

12. House Of Gasoline

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Track List: Tres Cabrones

1. Doctor Mule

2. City Dump

3. American Cow

4. Tie My Pecker To A Tree

5. Dogs And Cattle Prods

6. Psychodelic Haze

7. 99 Bottles Beer

8. I Told You I Was Crazy

9. Stump Farmer

10. In The Army Now

11. Walter's Lips

12. Stick Em B**ch

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Track List: Everybody Loves Sausages

1. Warhead

2. Best Friend

3. Black Betty

4. Set It On Fire

5. Station To Station

6. Attitude

7. Female Trouble

8. Carpe Diem

9. Timothy Leary Lives

10. In Every Dream Home A Heartache

11. Romance

12. Art School

13. Heathen Earth

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Track List: Freak Puke

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 Vs. The Revolution

7. Holy Barbarian

8. Freak Puke

9. Let Me Roll It

10. Tommy Goes Beserk

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Track List: Sugar Daddy Live

1. Nude With Boots

2. Dog Island

3. Dies Iraea

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

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Track List: The Bride Screamed Murder

1. The Water Glass

2. Evil New War God

3. Pig House

4. I'll Finish You Off

5. Electric Flower

6. Hospital Up

7. Inhumanity And Death

8. My Generation

9. P.G. x 3

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Track List: Chicken Switch

1. Washmachine Sk8tronics (Remixed By Eye Yamatsuka)

2. Emperor Twaddle Remix (Remixed By Christoph Heemann)

3. She Chokes Her Dying Breath & Does It In My Face (Remixed By V/Vm)

4. Aahhh... (Remixed By John Duncan)

5. Linkshander (Remixed By Matmos)

6. Eggnog Trilogy: I) She's Ivanhoe, Ii) Cancer, Iii) Inebriated (Remixed By Lee Ranaldo)

7. Snow Rem Rem Ibvz (Remixed By Merzbow)

8. Prick Concrete/Revolution M (Remixed By David Scott Stone)

9. Queen (Electroclash Remix By Panacea) Mp3

10. The Silky Apple Butter Of Youth (Remixed By Sunroof!)

11. 4th Floor Helicopter (Remixed By Kawabata Makoto)

12. Disp_tx_skel_mach_murx (Remixed By Farmersmanual)

13. Overgoat (Remixed By Void Manes)

14. Over From Under The Dog, Girl & Boy Treatment (Remixed By Rlw)

15. Hard Revenge Milly Bloody Battle Vs. The Melvins Ozmatized Gore Police (Remixed By Speedranch)

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Track List: Nude With Boots

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

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Track List: A Senile Animal

1. Talking Horse

2. Blood Witch

3. Civilized Worm

4. History Of Drunks

5. Rat Faced Granny

6. The Hawk

7. You've Never Been Right

8. History Of Bad Men

9. Mechanical Bride

10. Vast Filthy Prison

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Track List: Mangled Demos from 1983

1. Elks Lodge Christmas Broadcast

2. If You Get Bored (Live)

3. Forgotten Principles

4. Snake Appeal

5. (Flowers)

6. If You Get Bored

7. Set Me Straight

8. (Star)

9. I'm Dry

10. Forgotten Principles (2)

11. I Don't Know

12. Matt-Alec

13. The Real You

14. Run Around

15. Keep Away From Me

16. (Shamrock)

17. Bibulous Confabulation (During Rehearsal)

18. (Cross)

19. (Pencil)

20. Matt-Alec (2)

21. Walter

22. (Scissors)

23. (Airplane)

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Track List: Melvinmania

1. Hooch

2. Lizzy

3. Honey Bucket

4. Set Me Straight

5. Pearl Bomb

6. Queen

7. Sweet Willy Rollbar

8. Revolve

9. Roadbull

10. June Bug

11. The Bit

12. Bar-X-The Rocking M

13. Tipping The Lion

15. Berthas

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Track List: Hostile Ambient Takeover

1. Untitled

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

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Track List: The Crybaby

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit

2. Blockbuster

3. Ramblin' Man

5. Mine Is No Disgrace

6. Spineless

7. Divorced

8. Dry Drunk

9. Okie From Muskogee

10. The Man With The Laughing Hand Is Dead

11. Moon Pie

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Track List: The Bootlicker

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 Flower Head

8. Lone Rose Holding Now

9. Prig

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Track List: Stoner Witch

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

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Track List: Houdini

1. Hooch

2. Night Goat

3. Lizzy

4. Going Blind

5. Honey Bucket

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

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Track List: Melvins

1. Untitled

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Track List: Bullhead

1. Boris

2. Anaconda

3. Ligature

4. It's Shoved

5. Zodiac

6. If I Had An Exorcism

7. Your Blessened

8. Cow

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Track List: Gluey Porch Treatments

1. Eye Flys

2. Echo-Don't Piece Me

3. Heater Moves And Eyes

4. Steve Instant Neuman

5. Influence Of Atmosphere

6. Exact Paperbacks

7. Happy Gray Or Black

8. Leeech

9. Glow God

10. Big As Mountain

11. Heaviness Of The Load

12. Flex With You

13. Bitten Into Sympathy

14. Gluey Porch Treatments

15. Clippng 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 Gray Or Black (Demo)

26. Heater Moves And Eyes (Demo)

27. Gluey Porch Treatments (Demo)

28. Eye Flys (Demo)

29. Clipping Roses (Demo)

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Track List: Basses Loaded

1. The Decay Of Lying

2. Choco Plumbing

3. Beer Hippie

4. I Want To Tell You

5. Captain Come Down

6. Hideous Woman

7. Shaving Cream

8. Planet Destructo

9. War P**sy

10. Maybe I Am Amused

11. Phyllis Dillard

12. Take Me Out To The Ball Game

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Track List: Electric Flower (Scion A/V Remix)

1. Electric Flower (Doorly Remix)

2. Electric Flower (Lovelock Remix)

3. Electric Flower (MRK 1 Remix)

4. Electric Flower (J Phlip Remix)

5. Electric Flower

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Hail King Buzzo!
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andrewcfishe r
typical cult bullshit
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one of the greatest bands of all time! :)
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Absolutely awesome.
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Absolute perfection!
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I saw these guys open for NIN when they were touring for Downward Spiral and Melvins were touring for Houdini. Then I saw them again at Ozzfest whatever year that was. They played a 50 minute set--four songs.
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Just added a Melvins station and the first song played is Honey Bucket
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You got to love the Melvins... man..... They were Nirvana before Nirvana existed, with all due respect.
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More Melvins. Need more Melvins. Please Pandora, I'm begging you.
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Melvins are one of very few bands that fits comfortably on my Butthole Surfers station. Melvins, you speak to me. Thank you.
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No OZMA lp listed?
Quintessenti a l mlvns disc.
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Another great song on Pinky Tuscadero's Whitenuckle Assfuck radio.
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lingwex
I saw them in concert in Taos. Hell of a show and Le Butcherettes opened for them. It was the best night ever but I'm only 12 what do I know?
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new album, 15 years in the making, mike and the melvins out on april fools day
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Black Sabbath, silly mystical lyrics? Oh by the way Pandora writer, F**k You!
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Melvins, Napalm Death and Melt-Banana! Will be a heck of a show!
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Going to see these guys with Napalm Death in April And yes, I DO have to post on here whenever I see a particular band live, thank you very much.
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this bio is the most retarded piece of s**t ever.
like (the)MELVINS need validation by associating them with all these other fn ppl … mostly good fn ppl, but lets drop the mayo & crust and talk about something other than Sabbath -
they sound morte like a postmodern Cpt Beefheart & the Magic Band than anything metal or sludge (which sounds like something you find in your disposal drain after trying to get rid of Washington State
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the hardest working band ever, their discography alone would use up half of Pandora's bandwidth
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Fingerknuckl e b u m p k n u c k l e b u m p f i n g e r
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\^^|
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⚡️❤️⚡️
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OPEN A VEIN!
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Whoever wrote the lyrics on the Teet song is illiterate.
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I said gawdam, goddam. This s**t goes back so far it's ridiculous. Sad that they only get mentioned for their ties with Crover and Cobain. Makes me feel old and brings back my youth at the same time.
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These slow sludge slingers are f'ing great!!!
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Bio is hilarious.
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rrileyaalexa n d e r
hahah for real johns0549. dumb** information eh
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johns0549
sludge? oppressively slow and heavy? protégé cobain?... huh
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I love these dudes sound. Amazing band
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keleonard43
lol this bio... but ya kurt cobain was their fanboy.. he only started his own (cover) band because they would not let him in the melvins... sad the majority of their bio is about him... also I cant consider this sludge.. the riffs are way too attenuated. but sick music, genres can never capture completely
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I first heard Houdini upon release, had to get Stoner Witch, every album since, can still slam Houdini and Stoner Witch back to back without skipping a track 20 years later. BLOWS MY MIND!
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jasonhalter9 4 4
If Melvins are dull and repetitious, then most of today's other rockers are just a dial tone.
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Im 93 .
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HAT is a good record but I don't think it's representati v e . But f**k, start anywhere, they're all good. You can't go wrong. COLLECT 'EM ALL
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People are throwing out Houdini or Stoner Witch as starter albums but I think Hostile Ambient Takeover better represents their sound overall
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To cdot107/mr. ed shove some hey in your hole.. Your bogus ...hater wino.
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Every Pandora Bio disgusts me.
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Buzz introduced kurt cobain to dave grohl. So all u haters of king buzzo, better show some love, cause if it wasnt for him there would b no nirvana. I am the talking horse
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Again can we change the bio? This band has never been sludge.! They have held their own, and have always provided original music.
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who the hell wrote this garbage?
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Can someone change this bio?
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The Melvins are not a footnote. No, this is not an opinion. It's a cold, hard fact.
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So under rated!
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The dark lord said bring the sludge and the Melvin's came to be ""
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WICKED COOL RETARDED. I Flys is best
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Sounds like music from Kubrick's The Shining
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No footnotes on Jeopardy....
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The bio has it backwards. It should say Their music is oppressively slow and heavy, with silly lyrics and without Iommi's badass guitar solos. There, fixed it.
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Aberdeen Washington I went to school with the drummer Dale Crover...and the drummer played Nirvana bleach album he kicks a**
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