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Ozma/Gluey Porch Treatments

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Released on the independent Caroline label in 1990, Frizzle Fry documents the San Francisco Bay area thrash-funk trio at its energetic best. The bare-bones production serves the group’s skeletal sound well and makes the most of nearly live performances of gems such as the antiwar ”Too Many Puppies,” the stoner testimony of ”Spegetti Western,” and the madcap litany of ”Groundhog’s Day.” Larry LaLonde’s guitar is more melodic and concise than the squirrelly avant-gardisms of later albums such as Pork Soda (many of the lines were written by original guitarist Todd Huth). Bassist Les Claypool, meanwhile, is just stunning. By turns sounding like a scrappy Larry Graham or a dirty-minded John Wetton, his four-string slaps, slurs, and squeaks form a perfect union with drummer Tim Alexander’s jazz-informed power beats. Claypool’s goofy vocals owe a lot to P.I.L.-era John Lydon, with lyrics about Corn Chex, striped bass, and porn films. An inspired and assured studio debut. –James Rotondi

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  • I must say having heard of these guys for years, it was about time I checked their music. And where better to start than their first 2 albums helpfully combined on this one disc. Note: Ozma is actually the band’s 2nd album, and Gluey… the first.

    This album(s) are not going to be to everyone’s taste, very murky, sludgy punk-metal, in the vein of latter day Black Flag, with touches of Black Sabbath and St. Vitus. It is very hard to listen to at times as it is oppressively slow, but have patience and you will find it a very rewarding listen. I would highly reccomend it to anyone with an open mind.

    Posted on March 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I started getting into Melvins after seeing the video for Hooch on Headbanger’s Ball. I got Stag and then Stoner Witch, and liked them all, except for some of the experimental tracks on them. After reading the reveiws I decided to get some of their older material, and I am glad I did. Nothing experimental here, and all good tracks. I recently purchased several CD’s, so I haven’t given it much play yet, but I know I will.

    Posted on March 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Yes! These are the two albums that put Melvins on the global map. Uncompromising heaviness combined with mathematical autism, and embellished with Sir Buzz’s poetry of sublime absurdity. This is not metal or punk. For those of you who know the language, this is more along the lines of Blast! or perhaps some of the better later-Black Flag – but far darker, and much, much slower. Gluey Porch Treatments is a black motor of an album (Victor Hayden where are you?), while Ozma a bit more straight ahead. While these albums are some of the most unflinchingly confrontational collections in the rock canon, make no mistake: these are important, landmark albums. Remeber: no Melvins = no Nirvana.

    Posted on March 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If you want to get into the twisted sound that is the Melvins, then you should start with this magnificent 70+ minutes of pure rock’n'roll madness! The Ozma/Gluey Porch Treatments split album is truly a test to see if you are worthy of the title “Melvins fan”. If you like this one you will probably like most of their early material such as Bullhead and Lysol. It’s not easy getting into these two albums, but they grow on ya for every listen. The only crappy track is “Love Thing”, but luckily that is a Kiss cover, so please don’t discard the band yet! There’s one more cover(a great one at that), which is Candy-O by the Cars.The best song is probably Eye Flys, which is more than 6 minutes of prime sludge. Slow, repetitive and meandering, which is not a bad thing when talking about the Melvins! If I had to choose between one of the two albums I’d probably choose Gluey Porch Treatments because it has the best tracks: Eye Flys, Echohead/Don’t Piece Me and Clipping Roses. But Ozma is almost as good with hardass songs like Creepy Smell, Oven and Dead Dressed.The Melvins do everything they can to confuse the keen listener: Dale Crover is a drum god(the most creative IMO) and his beats are unpredictable and complex. The Melvins use strange time signatures and unconventional riffs, and Buzz snarling voice was even weirder back in the 80’s compared to the also wonderful days of Houdini and Stoner Witch.

    Posted on March 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Tracks 1-17 are Ozma, and 18 on are GPT. GPT is slower, scarier, and just plain better than Ozma, though both are outstanding. GPT is like a terrifying monster, while Ozma is its bride. Still, both are scary, and well worth the listen. This will eat Nirvana and Pearl Jam fans for breakfast! Yeah!!!!

    Posted on March 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now