History Music / Melvins

24th Jul '16 7:29:21 PM DevoWasRight
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The Melvins began in 1983 in Montesano, Washington by Buzz Osbourne, Matt Lukin, and Mike Dillard, who all attended the same high school. The band started out by playing a cross of Music/JimiHendrix and Music/{{Cream}} covers along with a few hardcore punk songs. Eventually, Mike Dillard left the group, and the band recruited Dale Crover (who would later play drums on a couple of songs on Music/{{Nirvana}}'s first album ''Music/{{Bleach}}'') to be on drums. Shortly after that, the group relocated to Dale's parents' house in Aberdeen, and their sound changed considerably with the decision to slow down their music. In 1986, the band released their first EP, ''Six Songs'', followed by their debut a year later. The band released a series of albums, splits, and EP's over the next few years that wound up being extremely influential to multiple artists and genres of music; bands like Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/{{Tool}} (who are personal friends with the band), Music/{{Eyehategod}}, Music/{{Neurosis}}, Music/{{Mastodon}}, and Music/{{Boris}} (who took their name from a Melvins song) cite them as influences.

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The Melvins began in 1983 in Montesano, Washington by Buzz Osbourne, Osborne, Matt Lukin, and Mike Dillard, who all attended the same high school. The band started out by playing a cross of Music/JimiHendrix and Music/{{Cream}} covers along with a few hardcore punk songs. Eventually, Mike Dillard left the group, and the band recruited Dale Crover (who would later play drums on a couple of songs on Music/{{Nirvana}}'s first album ''Music/{{Bleach}}'') to be on drums. Shortly after that, the group relocated to Dale's parents' house in Aberdeen, and their sound changed considerably with the decision to slow down their music. In 1986, the band released their first EP, ''Six Songs'', followed by their debut a year later. The band released a series of albums, splits, and EP's over the next few years that wound up being extremely influential to multiple artists and genres of music; bands like Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/{{Tool}} (who are personal friends with the band), Music/{{Eyehategod}}, Music/{{Neurosis}}, Music/{{Mastodon}}, and Music/{{Boris}} (who took their name from a Melvins song) cite them as influences.




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* ''Basses Loaded'', 2016



** In 1992, the then-current members of the band (Buzz Osbourne, Dale Crover, and Joe Preston) put out one solo [=EP=] each, largely as an elaborate reference to Music/{{KISS}} having done the same thing in 1978, but with full albums. Like those [=Kiss=] albums, each EP was released under the band's name, with the member whose solo effort it was serving as the title. The artwork to each EP also featured an airbrushed portrait of a Melvins member, done in the same style of the [=Kiss=] releases, and the band's logo was changed to one that parodied that of [=Kiss=].

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** In 1992, the then-current members of the band (Buzz Osbourne, Osborne, Dale Crover, and Joe Preston) put out one solo [=EP=] each, largely as an elaborate reference to Music/{{KISS}} having done the same thing in 1978, but with full albums. Like those [=Kiss=] albums, each EP was released under the band's name, with the member whose solo effort it was serving as the title. The artwork to each EP also featured an airbrushed portrait of a Melvins member, done in the same style of the [=Kiss=] releases, and the band's logo was changed to one that parodied that of [=Kiss=].



* WildHair: The signature look of Buzz Osbourne - he's the one in the top right of the page image. A common joke among the fanbase (especially on YouTube) is that he [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "looks like Sideshow Bob and laughs like Krusty the Clown"]].

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* WildHair: The signature look of Buzz Osbourne Osborne - he's the one in the top right of the page image. A common joke among the fanbase (especially on YouTube) is that he [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "looks like Sideshow Bob and laughs like Krusty the Clown"]].
13th Jul '16 4:37:55 PM gewunomox
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* CoverVersion: Aside from the aforementioned ''Everybody Loves Sausages'' and half of ''Electroretard'', they've covered Music/HankWilliams, Music/{{KISS}}, Music/ButtholeSurfers, Music/TheGerms, Green River...among others. The Melvins themselves have been covered by Music/{{Mastodon}}, Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan, Music/StrappingYoungLad, and Music/PigDestroyer...among others, yet again.

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* CoverVersion: Aside from the aforementioned ''Everybody Loves Sausages'' and half of ''Electroretard'', they've covered Music/HankWilliams, Music/{{KISS}}, Music/ButtholeSurfers, Music/TheGerms, Green River...among others. The Melvins themselves have been covered by Music/{{Mastodon}}, Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan, Music/StrappingYoungLad, [[Music/DevinTownsend Strapping Young Lad]], and Music/PigDestroyer...among others, yet again.
4th Jul '16 4:23:29 AM gewunomox
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The Melvins began in 1983 in Montesano, Washington by Buzz Osbourne, Matt Lukin, and Mike Dillard, who all attended the same high school. The band started out by playing a cross of JimiHendrix and Cream covers along with a few hardcore punk songs. Eventually, Mike Dillard left the group, and the band recruited Dale Crover (who would later play drums on a couple of songs on Music/{{Nirvana}}'s first album ''Music/{{Bleach}}'') to be on drums. Shortly after that, the group relocated to Dale's parents' house in Aberdeen, and their sound changed considerably with the decision to slow down their music. In 1986, the band released their first EP, ''Six Songs'', followed by their debut a year later. The band released a series of albums, splits, and EP's over the next few years that wound up being extremely influential to multiple artists and genres of music; bands like Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/{{Tool}} (who are personal friends with the band), Music/{{Eyehategod}}, Music/{{Neurosis}}, Music/{{Mastodon}}, and Music/{{Boris}} (who took their name from a Melvins song) cite them as influences.

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The Melvins began in 1983 in Montesano, Washington by Buzz Osbourne, Matt Lukin, and Mike Dillard, who all attended the same high school. The band started out by playing a cross of JimiHendrix Music/JimiHendrix and Cream Music/{{Cream}} covers along with a few hardcore punk songs. Eventually, Mike Dillard left the group, and the band recruited Dale Crover (who would later play drums on a couple of songs on Music/{{Nirvana}}'s first album ''Music/{{Bleach}}'') to be on drums. Shortly after that, the group relocated to Dale's parents' house in Aberdeen, and their sound changed considerably with the decision to slow down their music. In 1986, the band released their first EP, ''Six Songs'', followed by their debut a year later. The band released a series of albums, splits, and EP's over the next few years that wound up being extremely influential to multiple artists and genres of music; bands like Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/{{Tool}} (who are personal friends with the band), Music/{{Eyehategod}}, Music/{{Neurosis}}, Music/{{Mastodon}}, and Music/{{Boris}} (who took their name from a Melvins song) cite them as influences.
18th May '16 9:15:14 AM SinNanna
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* CoverVersion: Aside from the aforementioned ''Everybody Loves Sausages'' and half of ''Electroretard'', they've covered Music/HankWilliams, Music/{{KISS}}, Music/ButtholeSurfers, Music/TheGerms, Green River...among others. The Melvins themselves have been covered by Music/{{Mastodon}}, Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan, Music/StrappingYoungLad, and Pig Destroyer...among others, yet again.

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* CoverVersion: Aside from the aforementioned ''Everybody Loves Sausages'' and half of ''Electroretard'', they've covered Music/HankWilliams, Music/{{KISS}}, Music/ButtholeSurfers, Music/TheGerms, Green River...among others. The Melvins themselves have been covered by Music/{{Mastodon}}, Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan, Music/StrappingYoungLad, and Pig Destroyer...Music/PigDestroyer...among others, yet again.



** Let's just say the Melvins have a lot of these.
19th Jan '16 9:53:22 PM aye_amber
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** SpeakingSimlish: Sometimes goes far enough to be considered this, most prominently in ''Hooch''. It wasn't left unnoticed: the music video of the said song was featured in [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead that very cartoon with two dumb guys]], where Butthead tried to figure out the lyrics for Beavis.

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** SpeakingSimlish: Sometimes goes far enough to be considered this, most prominently in ''Hooch''. ''Hooch.'' It wasn't left unnoticed: the music video of the said song was featured in [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead that very cartoon with two dumb guys]], where Butthead tried to figure out the lyrics for Beavis.
24th Dec '15 10:56:49 AM CassandraLeo
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* TheTheTitleConfusion: "Melvins" vs. "The Melvins". The band usually uses the former, but haven't always been consistent about it... And their two albums where they collaborated with [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]] are officially by Jello Biafra & ''The'' Melvins, probably because it sounds better. The confusion is referenced in the cover art to ''A Senile Animal'', which renders the band name as "(the) Melvins" and the album as "(a) Senile Animal"... And the cover of ''Tres Cabrones'' bills them as "Los Melvins" to go with the GratuitousSpanish title.

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* TheTheTitleConfusion: "Melvins" vs. "The Melvins". The band usually uses the former, but haven't always been consistent about it... And their two albums where they collaborated with [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]] Music/JelloBiafra are officially by Jello Biafra & ''The'' with ''the'' Melvins, probably because it sounds better. The confusion is referenced in the cover art to ''A Senile Animal'', which renders the band name as "(the) Melvins" and the album as "(a) Senile Animal"... And the cover of ''Tres Cabrones'' bills them as "Los Melvins" to go with the GratuitousSpanish title.
4th Sep '15 4:30:56 PM MikeK
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* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Melvinmania: Best of the Atlantic Years 19931996'', a UK-only compilation that featured a handful of songs each from the albums ''Houdini'', ''Stoner Witch'', and ''Stag'', and was released without the band's involvement. A more extensive, band-selected "Best Of" was included as a companion piece to the art-book ''Neither Here Nor There''.
17th Jan '15 1:47:09 AM bt8257
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* AscendedFanboy: Subverted. Kurt Cobain (yes, [[{{Nirvana}} THAT]] Kurt Cobain) idolized the Melvins growing up, and auditioned for them a couple of times. Although he wasn't an official member, he did manage to land a few gigs being a roadie for them and producing/playing on the ''Houdini'' album. According to Buzz, however, he was apparently pretty bad as a producer, so he was quickly canned, much to their mutual dismay.

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* AscendedFanboy: Subverted. Kurt Cobain (yes, [[{{Nirvana}} [[Music/{{Nirvana}} THAT]] Kurt Cobain) idolized the Melvins growing up, and auditioned for them a couple of times. Although he wasn't an official member, he did manage to land a few gigs being a roadie for them and producing/playing on the ''Houdini'' album. According to Buzz, however, he was apparently pretty bad as a producer, so he was quickly canned, much to their mutual dismay.



* CoverVersion: Aside from the aforementioned ''Everybody Loves Sausages'' and half of ''Electroretard'', they've covered HankWilliams, Music/{{KISS}}, Music/ButtholeSurfers, Music/TheGerms, Green River...among others. The Melvins themselves have been covered by Music/{{Mastodon}}, Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan, StrappingYoungLad, and Pig Destroyer...among others, yet again.

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* CoverVersion: Aside from the aforementioned ''Everybody Loves Sausages'' and half of ''Electroretard'', they've covered HankWilliams, Music/HankWilliams, Music/{{KISS}}, Music/ButtholeSurfers, Music/TheGerms, Green River...among others. The Melvins themselves have been covered by Music/{{Mastodon}}, Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan, StrappingYoungLad, Music/StrappingYoungLad, and Pig Destroyer...among others, yet again.



* InNameOnly: Melvins cover of "Venus in Furs" by Velvet Underground. It plays part of the first line, and then suddenly turns into 3 and a half minutes of incoherent cacophony.

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* InNameOnly: Melvins The cover of "Venus in Furs" by Velvet Underground. It plays part of the first line, and then suddenly turns into 3 and a half minutes of incoherent cacophony.



* SelfTitledAlbum: Sort of. Lysol was originally going to just be called Lysol, but as it turns out, the name was a registered trademark, so the album was recalled and black ink or electric tape covered the offending word, and the album was made a self-titled album. Originally, fans could peel off the tape or rub off the ink, however doing this now would only damage the record. A 2014 vinyl reissue re-titled the album as '' Lice-All'', which is of course pronounced exactly the same as the original title.

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* SelfTitledAlbum: Sort of. Lysol was originally going to just be called Lysol, but as it turns out, the name was a registered trademark, so the album was recalled and black ink or electric tape covered the offending word, and the album was made a self-titled album. Originally, fans could peel off the tape or rub off the ink, however doing this now would only damage the record. A 2014 vinyl reissue re-titled the album as '' Lice-All'', ''Lice-All'', which is of course pronounced exactly the same as the original title.



* ShoutOut: "GGIIBBYY" is named after ButtholeSurfers vocalist Gibby Haynes.

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* ShoutOut: "GGIIBBYY" is named after ButtholeSurfers Music/ButtholeSurfers vocalist Gibby Haynes.



** The song title "Snake Appeal" is most likely a pun on TheStooges' "Shake Appeal".

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** The song title "Snake Appeal" is most likely a pun on TheStooges' Music/TheStooges' "Shake Appeal".



* SurprisinglyGentleSong: They've done relatively sedate covers of [[HankWilliams "Ramblin' Man"]], [[MerleHaggard "Okie from Muskogee"]], [[{{Music/Queen}} "You're My Best Friend"]], and the traditional Canadian folk song "Peggy Gordon". For originals, there's "Black Bock", a lightly psychedelic folk-rock song [[LyricalDissonance about mutilating a goat]], and "You Can Make Me Wait", a surprising experiment in JanglePop with the vocals heavily processed through a vocoder.

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* SurprisinglyGentleSong: They've done relatively sedate covers of [[HankWilliams [[Music/HankWilliams "Ramblin' Man"]], [[MerleHaggard [[Music/MerleHaggard "Okie from Muskogee"]], [[{{Music/Queen}} "You're My Best Friend"]], and the traditional Canadian folk song "Peggy Gordon". For originals, there's "Black Bock", a lightly psychedelic folk-rock song [[LyricalDissonance about mutilating a goat]], and "You Can Make Me Wait", a surprising experiment in JanglePop with the vocals heavily processed through a vocoder.



* TheTheTitleConfusion: "Melvins" vs. "The Melvins". The band usually uses the former, but haven't always been consistent about it... And their two albums where they collaborated with [[DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]] are officially by Jello Biafra & ''The'' Melvins, probably because it sounds better. The confusion is referenced in the cover art to ''A Senile Animal'', which renders the band name as "(the) Melvins" and the album as "(a) Senile Animal"... And the cover of ''Tres Cabrones'' bills them as "Los Melvins" to go with the GratuitousSpanish title.

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* TheTheTitleConfusion: "Melvins" vs. "The Melvins". The band usually uses the former, but haven't always been consistent about it... And their two albums where they collaborated with [[DeadKennedys [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]] are officially by Jello Biafra & ''The'' Melvins, probably because it sounds better. The confusion is referenced in the cover art to ''A Senile Animal'', which renders the band name as "(the) Melvins" and the album as "(a) Senile Animal"... And the cover of ''Tres Cabrones'' bills them as "Los Melvins" to go with the GratuitousSpanish title.
22nd Nov '14 1:11:19 PM MikeK
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* SpokenWordInMusic: "Divorced", a collaboration with Music/{{Tool}}, features a phone conversation between Danny Carey and Maynard James Keenan, which is apparently regarding a mutual friend going out with a woman who Maynard describes as having "a voice like a fuckin' modem, dude!".

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* SpokenWordInMusic: "Divorced", a collaboration with Music/{{Tool}}, features a phone conversation between Danny Carey and Maynard James Keenan, which is apparently regarding a mutual friend going out with a woman who Maynard describes as having "a voice like a fuckin' modem, dude!". dude!".
** "Hog Leg" begins with some nonsensically {{quote mine}}d samples from a record of Pat Robertson sermons (e.g. "We can go to church, and you're naked").
19th Nov '14 7:42:24 PM MikeK
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* SelfTitledAlbum: Sort of. Lysol was originally going to just be called Lysol, but as it turns out, the name was a registered trademark, so the album was recalled and black ink or electric tape covered the offending word, and the album was made a self-titled album. Originally, fans could peel off the tape or rub off the ink, however doing this now would only damage the record.

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* SelfTitledAlbum: Sort of. Lysol was originally going to just be called Lysol, but as it turns out, the name was a registered trademark, so the album was recalled and black ink or electric tape covered the offending word, and the album was made a self-titled album. Originally, fans could peel off the tape or rub off the ink, however doing this now would only damage the record. A 2014 vinyl reissue re-titled the album as '' Lice-All'', which is of course pronounced exactly the same as the original title.
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