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Melvins Discussion / Re: Buzz vs. Rob Halford - Interview
« on: September 29, 2020, 11:23:40 AM »
It's interesting to see Buzz totally being a total fan- that is, he doesn't appear to approach Rob as a fellow veteran musician, but as a mega fan of Judas Priest.

Melvins Discussion / Re: HAT B-Sides
« on: September 16, 2020, 11:40:02 AM »
The art and colors on these are fantastic. Some of Haze's best work.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Bangers Melvins Shitkid
« on: September 16, 2020, 11:37:47 AM »
I just really struggle to see how this snowballed into them getting kicked off the tour by Buzz.
Reading the zine, the tour wasn't mentioned until Buzz informed them that they wouldn't be able to continue and to end the collaboration. In some ways it seemed harsh and out of the blue, but at the same time i can totally understand why Melvins took that decision. It might not have been an insulting exchange of words between the two bands prior to that, but it was enough to - possibly suggest to Buzz or anyone really - that it could easily lead to future conflict whilst out on tour. Obviously they didn't want to deal with that.

Firstly thanks for putting some more meat on the bone as I haven't read the zine and I'm not arguing with you personally in anyway this whole thing is bizarre to me really. Taking the step of kicking another band off your tour is a very serious thing to do. Aside from depriving that band of income and exposure it's hugely frowned upon in the industry. Plenty of bands have toured together that hated each others guts and you just be professional get on with it and generally try to stay out of each others way. There hasn't been a punch up here between bands it's a minor disagreement over poster artwork, it's bizarre.

Look at the longstanding feud between RHCP and Mr. Bungle. It culminated in RHCP (Anthony Kiedis) as headliner on festival bills and having the right to kick other bands off chose to kick Bungle off of about 10 festivals they were also playing depriving them of income and a shit load of exposure that all the Bungle guys were so furious about they did that infamous Halloween send up video of RHCP and some of the guys said played a part in the premature break up of Bungle.

It's likely that none of us know all the factors- that is, this is just "evidence" produced by shitkid and we haven't gotten the melvins side (to their credit)- and sometimes context can be lost in mere text "evidence," so we might not have all the things to consider, such as long running issues that might not be evident in the text itself.

But, that being said, from the Melvins perspective, they are taking a band with little draw in the states on an extended tour. From the melvins perspective, this is probably somewhat of a "gift" in that there are 100s of bands they could have picked (some with a bigger draw) but they chose Shitkid because they think the band is artistically interesting. But then, when the melvins do shitkid somewhat of a favor by doing a split ep and taking them on tour, they get grief for it. I think I'd kick them off the tour at that point as well.

The argument would be a little different if Melvins were taking a relatively equal sized band on tour such as High on fire- in that case, kicking them off the bill would be more knee-jerk. But, if you are a smaller band and a bigger band is helping you out with a bigger audience, it's probably not the best move to go on the attack over something that probably won't affect your band in the long run- that is, I'll give shitkid the benefit of the doubt that they truly did find the nude woman offensive, but in, say 1 year from now, would anyone hold it against them that a band they did a split with used a drawing of a nude woman in a promotional ad? No. so for them to get that riled up over that would definitely be a red flag to the melvins. I back them in this battle, going off the evidence we've seen.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Bangers Melvins Shitkid
« on: September 10, 2020, 09:14:37 AM »
I got a copy of the 'Buzzkill' zine. I'd only pay the $15 or so to get it if you are a mega fan, but it is an interesting read. Here's my opinion.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Bangers Melvins Shitkid
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:36:43 PM »
Is there any place where i can read the "buzzkill" zine?

Melvins Discussion / Re: So What's Your Favorite Melvins of the 2010s?
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:33:05 PM »
Great idea! Here's my hot take

 15. A Walk With Love and Death (Love) (2017)
14. A Walk With Love and Death (Death) (2017)
13. Gift of Sacrifice (Buzzo and Trevor Dunn) (2020)
12. This Machine Kills Artists (King Buzzo) (2014)
11. Three Men and a Baby (Mike and The Melvins) (2016)
10. Freak Puke (Melvins Lite) (2012)
9. Crystal Fairy (Crystal Fairy) (2017)
8. The Fickle Finger of Fate (Dale Crover) (2017)
7. Pinkus Abortion Technician (2018)
6. Hold It In (2014)
5. Everybody Loves Sausages (2013)
4. Tres Cabrones (Melvins 1983) (2013)
3. Bassed Loaded (2016)
2. The Bride Screamed Murder (2010)
1. The Bulls and The Bees (EP) (2012)

It really is crazy how much awesome music the band out out in this span of time

Melvins Discussion / Re: New Interview with Buzzo
« on: August 05, 2020, 09:30:25 AM »
Did anyone see this? did Buzz say anything out of the pale? or did he just stay within the lines of his usual politics?
It was mostly Buzzo's usual comments. A few of which he as mentioned before in recent interviews. As we tend to see he has a few replies he automatically goes to when responding to things.

As i saw it, there were only two things uttered by him that anyone might take offence by. One was discussing the movie 'A Wrinkle In Time' which the host said was apparently made to showcase diversity with it's cast. Buzz said it didn't matter about the diversity and that, quite obviously, such things don't (in themselves) make good movies. That he saw the film and said it was terrible. That he has seen fantastic movies that had no diversity. He wasn't saying diversity doesn't matter but that it isn't what makes a movie great.

The other thing Buzz said was about Socialism and how no one ever mentions how the term "Nazi" was also part of socialism. National Socialism as it was formally back in Germany. Buzz didn''t praise Nazi's or any such cause just remarked how he finds it funny that people don't make those connections.

Thanks, this helps me understand the situation. I appreciate this.

Melvins Discussion / Re: New Interview with Buzzo
« on: August 05, 2020, 07:37:36 AM »
Did anyone see this? did Buzz say anything out of the pale? or did he just stay within the lines of his usual politics?

Melvins Discussion / Re: Buzzo has some...odd views
« on: June 04, 2020, 08:34:37 AM »
Buzz has said some things I disagree with- but, really, is there ANY person on earth that agrees on everything with you? (and even that might be a bad thing). Buzz says some weird things (and some great things, too) but it's good to have ideas challenged, I think. Also, weird0/great artists often say weird things. It comes with the territory. I'd rather have Buzz say things about Medicine companies and taxes that I disagree with and make great art, than an echo chamber or someone who isn't thinking on his or her own. It can be a little frustrating at times, I agree, but, hey it's the tradeoff and it is worth it.

Melvins Discussion / Re: King Buzzo with Trevor Dunn
« on: April 05, 2020, 11:03:07 AM »
Brutal! You guys are ultra quick on the trigger. I had it in my cart at exactly noon and by the time I checked out thirty seconds later it was gone! Brutal!

Melvins Discussion / Re: Buzz Protonic Reversal podcast!
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:51:26 AM »
I wish someone would just ask him already if they are ever planning on doing another Big Melvins record. I know In the documentary Dale said they had”unfinished business” so I’m thinking they will at some point. Now seems like a great time to do it! Quit doing podcast and write another big Melvins album. Jared and coady aren’t touring that’s for sure 😂

Honestly, 'Unfinished Business' would be an awesome, and very melvins-esque title, for a Big Melvins record using older material.

Melvins Discussion / Re: King Buzzo with Trevor Dunn
« on: March 29, 2020, 11:02:50 AM »
Yeeesh. Less than a minute again! I had it in my basket this time!

Melvins Discussion / Re: King Buzzo with Trevor Dunn
« on: March 23, 2020, 12:52:54 PM »

Sounds like you were the only one!

They were gone in less than one minute.

I missed out this time.

Will try again next week.

This one was a quick draw. I accidentally clicked "two" copies the second it oepned and by the time I changed it to 1 and got to paypal it was sold out - maybe like 40 seconds?

Melvins Discussion / Re: HAT B-Sides
« on: March 12, 2020, 08:10:28 AM »
Melvins need to re-release this on 2xCD or 3/4x12” box and include the b-sides.

I haven’t heard the b-sides in a number of years so hook a brother up!


In the days before the internet, I remember hanging out in record stores and flipping through the Melvins section to see if anything new was out. You know, those plastic tabs that separated all the bands from each other? It was always a rush to find a new ep or an album you didn’t know about. You would buy the CD and cross your fingers. I loved the rush of not knowing if it would be something like Prick or if it would be a “real” album like Stoner Witch.

I never anticipated any releases because I didn’t know how to find info about the next Melvins record. Anyway, one particularly exhilarating find was Singles 1-12. This was in the mid 90s. Post Honky. I was super excited to find a new batch of Melvins songs! Double album too! I really liked Stag and was curious about what would come next. Little did I know this was B-Sides and leftovers. To this day I still love Specimen and GGIIBBYY. Still one of my favorite releases.

Oh... and then The Maggot blew my mind a few years later.

So true and well said. It's crazy how quickly you can forget certain things. With the Internet, you know about every album at least 3 months before it comes out. But, back in the 90s and before, unless you religiously read the music mags, the only way you would find out about new albums is that they were actually there on the shelves.

The other thing that no longer happens (and it's probably a good thing), is that you would get a release thinking it was a new "album," but it was just archive material, something repackaged, or otherwise. I remember when I got Beastie Boys' 'some old bullshit' I was so disappointed. I actually love that stuff now, but back then it was a bummer!

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