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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. The band followed up with another odd team-up, with Crover and Osborne joining up with the Butthole Surfers' J.D. Pinkus and Paul Leary on the eclectic Hold It In in 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi
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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
Again can we change the bio? This band has never been sludge.! They have held their own, and have always provided original music.
jbrooks7567
who the hell wrote this garbage?
Can someone change this bio?
The Melvins are not a footnote. No, this is not an opinion. It's a cold, hard fact.
So under rated!
The dark lord said bring the sludge and the Melvin's came to be ""
WICKED COOL RETARDED. I Flys is best
Sounds like music from Kubrick's The Shining
No footnotes on Jeopardy....
jeremethegre a t
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.
Aberdeen Washington I went to school with the drummer Dale Crover...and the drummer played Nirvana bleach album he kicks a**
crispi03
renovate the terrible bio pleez...
sound laughable funny...they ' r e cool
yes, i agree. Stoner Witch or Houdini
What the f**k is he talking about
Honey Bucket is the best song.....eve r .
So much inspiration from these dudes.
I saw the Melvin's in Memphis, on accident. Best show of my life.
Regardless of your taste in music one of the most compelling live music performances of our time. Go see them.
dmesibov6
Stoner Witch or Houdini would be good places to start.
what is the best Melvins CD to buy?
Pure, unadulterate d sonic art.
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... Geez! Editorialize much? I didn't bother to read past your snooty, opinionated drivel!
so kick a**!
Loose ticka toe ray...
The Melvins were the first post-punk band to revel in the slow, sludgy sounds of Black Sabbath.

Not to be nit picky: Black Flag: My War

Love my Melvins! ( Like it says below )
The MELVINS...go d s of music...
My a**hole could have written a better bio than this.
When bands/artist s ranging from quirky dark alternative, to folk, to singer songwriter.. . . . . t o New Orleans metal/sludge legends like Down & Crowbar..... t o death metal, to......YOU NAME IT!

The Melvins are simply revered in music today, and as they should be.
Most of Pandora Bios are unflattering and inaccurate when it comes to actually describing the music, why would it be any different for Melvins. Melvins are an institution of Americana pure and simple.
My friend's older brother always tried pushing Melvins on me back in the early 90's and I didn't get that into them till I grew up a little more and realized how great they really are.
This has got to be the very worst bio on Pandora. And that's saying a lot.
The Melvins f**king rock. No one can touch them.
Viva La Melvins!
Love me some Melvins.
Sorry bw. Saw the band bio. That's probably what you were talking about. Calling Sabbath silly in any way is absurd.
I have no idea what you are talking about backwoods. There was an error in posting a comment. It was a computer issue. Care to explain how I insulted Sabbath? I love Sabbath, by the way.
love this band, bullhead,ozm a , g l u e y porch treatments,h o u d i n i ! incredible albums
Comment below should be on Sabbath's page. Damn Pandora.
In Nashville May 4! I'm there!
S T O N E R W I T C H
Dale Crover is my hero. If I could drum as good as he does I wouldn't be working some s**t job...
For my bachelor party we went to see them in San Francisco, it was sick lysol, eggnog, and houdini live. i got 37/50 endless residency box set.
But we really went to see what a footnote is like.
To all you people below:
I love the Melvins and am a huge fan. But they really are just a footnote when you look at music throughout human history.
Pandora F_cknotes.
BUZZO FOR PRESIDENT 2012! How's that for a footnote?
dizbgillespi e
Hang on, let me take notes here! Melvins.. footnote.. got it.
Footnote my a.s.s. Who writes this sh*t?
msfsf6
try 35 albums and growing, AND DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR! INK IS NOT CONCRETE.
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