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Melvins

Melvins

Melvins Biography

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Melvins are an American band formed in Montesano, Washington in 1982. In the early days of their career their dark, heavy, oppressively slow sound made them innovators of genres like sludge, grunge and doom metal. Melvins' music is influenced by Flipper, Black Flag's My War-era hardcore punk and Black Sabbath-style heavy metal, but their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult. Singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne (aka "King Buzzo") and drummer Dale Crover are constant members while several bass guitarists have cycled through the group. Melvins usually performed as a trio until 2006 when two members of Big Business became permanent members of the band. The band was named after a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano, Washington where Osborne was employed. Melvin was the most-hated fellow employee and the band felt it to be an appropriate name. Like SF noisenik predecessors Flipper, their love of slow tempos and sludgy sound were a strong influence on grunge music, especially Nirvana and many other bands from Seattle. Their protegés, however, tended to use more conventional musical structures with this sound. Though the group has received mostly positive critical notice, Crover's drumming has been especially praised; Patrick Kennedy describes his work as "astonishing, powerful, and daring." While never finding and most likely never even seeking great mainstream success, Melvins maintain an impressive schedule of new albums and tours, including a collaboration with Fantômas in The Fantômas Melvins Big Band, two releases with former Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra, and in 2004 Melvins collaborated with ambient artist Lustmord for Pigs of the Roman Empire. In appreciation of their devoted fans, Melvins have released various collectables through the years that have included two-headed dolls, an eight-track tape, and a plastic fetus in a jar. Fellow Aberdeen resident Kurt Cobain (a good friend of Crover) was a huge Melvins fan and helped them transport their equipment to a few shows. Cobain also auditioned to join the band on bass, but he didn't make it, reportedly because he was so nervous that he forgot all the songs. Cobain maintained his relation with the band. Later he produced and played on some songs (guitar on "Sky Pup", percussion on "Spread Eagle Beagle") on the band's major label debut, Houdini. Dale Crover is also attributed as playing on the Nirvana debut album, Bleach, and on "Incesticide". In addition, Dave Grohl (ex-drummer for Nirvana) co-wrote and played drums for Isabella on Buzzo's Melvins solo album, King Buzzo. Melvins are currently performing with bass player Jared Warren from Big Business, who participated on their albums (a) Senile Animal and Nude with Boots along with Osborne and Crover. Coady Willis, the drummer from Big Business, has also been inducted into the band - he and Crover both take up the position of drummer simultaneously, contributing extremely heavy-hitting, explosive rhythms in synchronization with each other. Currently, Melvins are on a US tour, that will be followed by a European tour late this fall.

Melvins Metal Albums

Houdini Live 2005: A Live History of Gluttony and Lust Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

Inspired by the invitation to the All Tomorrow’s Parties ”Don’t Look Back” event, where bands convened to play one of their classic albums in its entirety, [...]

Alive at the F*cker Club Thumbnail Image
★★★★☆

2009 live two disc (CD/DVD) release. Sleepless Nights and City Lights is the first ever live release from Australia’s most prominent Hardcore/Metalcore act I Killed The [...]

Stoner Witch Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: MELVINSTitle: STONER WITCHStreet Release Date: 10/18/1994<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: PUNK

Melvins Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

UK digipack version features two bonus tracks, ’Home’ (Non-LP Version) & ’Right Where It Belongs’ (Alternate Version). Five years is a long time by most people’s [...]

The Colossus of Destiny Thumbnail Image
★★★½☆

Isn’t three albums in one year enough? Here they ago again. One rock show. One track. A lot of noise. Standard jewel case. 2001 release. [...]

Your Choice Live Series Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

1997 comp with 14 live recordings from the ’80 & ’82 Readingfests. Includes ’Breadfan’, ’Napoleon Bona Part One And PartTwo’ & ’Panzer Division Destroyed!’. Double slimline [...]

Bullhead Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

Track Listing: 1. Intro 2. Papercut 3. Beginnings 4. Points Of Authority 5. The Live Show 6. Crawling Video Shoot 7. Crawling 8. Touring 9. Cure [...]

Stag Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Stag is adulterated Melvins, which is a good thing. Yes, Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and their bass player of the moment (Mark Deutrom) still pound away to [...]

Ozma/Gluey Porch Treatments Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

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 [...]

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