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Melvins Discussion / Track 9 of 12
« on: June 30, 2022, 02:23:38 PM »
I was listening to a podcast by Jesus H Chris of Winnipeg, Manitoba about his band, Propagandhi. In it he mentioned that in his circle of musicians, they tend to agree that track 9 of 12 is usually the pace on the track list where songs go to die. Songs that were recorded but maybe didn't turn out as well as intended, or didn't fit the overall record all too well, or were written by someone else.

So I started thinking through the Melvins catalog and lo and behold they have a very small number of albums that have exactly 12 tracks. What do you think of these tunes? Do they fit the stereotype of track 9/12?

Tres Cabrones - "Stump Farmer"
Hold It In - "The Bunk Up"

Three Men and a Baby - "A Friend In Need is a Friend You Don't Need"

Rat-A-Tat-Tat! - "Untrue Crime"

Melvins Discussion / Melvins cover songs strategy
« on: February 02, 2022, 12:53:45 AM »
In the Lord of the Flies thread someone brought up that the band tend to cover the hits (sorry I forget who, feel free to credit if you recall.)

This prompted me to wondering... Have they ever covered another band's B-Sides, deep cut, or rarity? "Leech" is one of the only exceptions I can think of, and it sounds more like the tune was gifted rather than covered. "With Yo Heart" was a comp track that wasn't its own single when the Melvins did it.

Here's a few big/hit songs I know
"Spoon Man" lead single
"Jerkin Krokus" double A side single / album track
"Lexicon Devil" leadoff track from EP of same name
"My War" leadoff track from album of same name
"Black Sabbath" & "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" leadoff tracks from albums of same name
"Get Around" Beach Boys hit
"Everybody's Talkin" had been a hit twice already I think.
"Teen Spirit" obviously
"Rambling Man" & "Okie from Muskogee" hits of course
"Blockbuster" leadoff track from the debut EP

God there's so many covers! Haven't even thought through Sausages or Singles 1-12

Melvins Album Discussion / Melvins/Plainfield - Cowboy/Hillbilly
« on: October 25, 2021, 12:19:46 PM »

Someone recently put this up on Youtube and so I'm able to hear it. Thank you to whoever that was.

Not much info here so I'm wondering if anyone can identify the voices.

This seems to be a document of failed banter, cringy backing vocals, and chastising unruly crowds.  One of the Youtube comments likens it to Elvis's 'Having Fun' albums, but this seems more like a blooper reel.

Melvins Lyrics & Tabs / Most common Melvins lyrics (per
« on: October 05, 2021, 07:04:48 PM »

Can't seem to share the beautiful word cloud, bit looks like

could never
right down
think way black time
now see feel man little
give gimme
more away
big world only

I just signed up for three months free on Amazon Unlimited. This gets me access to a bunch stuff I like to have handy (Ozma, Sieg Howdy, Atlantic Years, Lysol, EggNog)

The amrep records are all missing (Honky, Prick, Singles 1-12) but I'm pretty sure these are absent from all streaming. Anyone with Spotify know any different? Anything on one service but not the other?

Melvins Discussion / Interviewers don't do homework anymore
« on: May 03, 2021, 04:11:29 PM »
Mike Dillard has played on three Melvins studio albums and a compilation of early demos. All of Tres Cabrones, a third of Basses Loaded, and now Working With God, plus Manged Demos.

I'm appalled at how every recent interviewers get this patently wrong, saying it's his first mostly.

Melvins Discussion / The 'right' wrong song titles
« on: February 20, 2021, 11:53:11 PM »
I was re-watching the Valentine's stream today. And I have this nagging feeling that the 'obvious' song titles that stick with me might be the same for others. How do you feel?

Obviously on Egg Nog there's four, but these two stand out to me:
"Bastards" ("Charmicarmicat")
"Pigs Don't Let It" ("Antitoxidote")

Then for me it's always these two:
"Hand It Over" ("National Hamster")
"You Should Have Known" ("Billy Fish")

Like if I were talking to some stranger about the Melvins and they said their favorite song played live was "Hand It Over" I wouldn't even register they'd made a mistake. Anyone else?

Other candidates:
"V.O.T.O.C.I." ("Foaming")
"Ordinary, Ordinary" ("Mary Lady Bobby Kins")

Melvins Album Discussion / King Buzzo w/ Trevor Dunn - Six Pack EP
« on: March 19, 2020, 01:28:46 AM »
My Amrep package arrived today with Cheapy CD inside. Since my only available CD player is in the car I've only heard the first 3 1/2 tracks.

Six Pack is of course the Black Flag cover heard on the Amrep YouTube. It's great.

Power of Life I did not recognize. It sounded like a doubled recording of a written bass solo.

Science has been available to stream in advance of the Ipecac album for a while. It's great.

Mock She really immediately struck me.  Joni/Jaco is the first touchpoint I can think of but that mostly because you've got Trevor's virtuosic bass fiddling and Buzz with a very straight 70s radio harmony, but still clearly Buzz. If you've lamented any classic rock sounds from the Melvins, don't worry, I assure you this is fresh and different.

I haven't heard the last half of the record yet. Still worth it already.

The Melvins’ King Buzzo has a new solo acoustic record called Gift of Sacrifice that comes out in May of 2020 followed by tours which will take him across the United States, Europe and parts beyond.

This is exciting news!

What makes this news even more exciting is that King Buzzo has recorded this record with the fabulously talented bass player Trevor Dunn. Trevor was a founding member of Mr. Bungle and also plays bass in the psycho metal/spaghetti western band Fantômas, as well as recording and touring with the Melvins (as Melvins Lite).

The addition of Trevor’s stand-up bass makes Gift of Sacrifice a step up from King Buzzo’s last acoustic record, This Machine Kills Artists. It gives this new record a haunted quality which drives the songs to a new level. Another new element is the addition of modular synth, which adds its own angular sounds to the acoustic guitar and bass. This is an odd combination of sounds not heard before on an all acoustic record.

9 Track Titles:

Mental Vomit
Housing, Luxury, Energy
I'm Glad I Could Help Out
Delayed Clarity
Junkie Jesus
Science In Modern America
Bird Animal
Mock She
Acoustic Junkie

Exactly one track from each release.


Melvins Discussion / Sneer and Snotulum
« on: September 06, 2019, 02:22:02 AM »
Since it'll take another decade for new Tool music I figured we ought to make it easy for disenfranchised Tool fans to discover what the Melvins have been up to in the time after 10,000 days. The band who has released at least ten studio albums in the time it took for Fear Inoculum has produced a bevy of heavy, progressive, idiosyncratic seethers. Throw in a dose of WTF interludes/instrumentals for good measure. Here's my recommendation for a 2006-2019 Melvins compilation:

Sesame Street Meat
Billy Fish
Dog Island
A Growing Disgust
Onions Make the Milk Taste Bad
We Are Doomed
I Told You I Was Crazy
The Kicking Machine
Civilized Worm
City Dump
The War on Wisdom
Black Heath
Evil New War God
Queen Powder Party

Melvins Show Reviews / Troubadour Los Angeles Sept 5, 2019
« on: September 06, 2019, 01:22:01 AM »
Great show. I don't think there were any surprises on the setlist, though they seemed to do two songs at the end with Redd Kross.

Dale is strong as ever. Buzz was flawless. Steven sounded great, too. A lot more clarity in the playing, less effects, I think.

The Bit especially sounds great with what Steven is doing. I liked how With Yo Heart sort of truncates right into Leeech as if they're one song. I lost my shit to Sesame Street Meat and Kicking Machine. Doesn't matter how many times I've seen them, that's the best opening pair imaginable.

Scored a Redd Kross/Melvins split ($50) and a Walsby Melvins (Pink Floyd / Animals) poster ($20) so I'm quite content. The Sabbath deluxe bundle was there but I couldn't pull the trigger over $100. It includes the Sabbath vinyl in blue, four recent CD releases that might have been alternate art and some limited art booklet. Edition was less than 50, maybe 46?

Melvins Discussion / Songs that lived a second life on tour?
« on: August 01, 2018, 12:04:35 AM »
I happened to be reading today about Thou covering "Something in the Way" based on a BBC recording Nirvana did that had a loud/soft+feedback dynamic that supposedly transformed that song.

Wondering - for those of you who've been more shows and heard all the boots- what songs stand out to you as having takenon another life after the album came out. I think "Let It All Be" really escaped the Bootlicker recording pretty much as soon as they played it on stage.

"Eye Flys" obviously breathes a new one every year or so.

A couple of tracks may have grown some bigger muscles like maybe "Hag Me."

Are there any songs, especially not captured on a live album yet, whose definitive version for you is a live version?

Melvins Lyrics & Tabs / 2017 A Walk With Love and Death (DEATH)
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:36:02 PM »
Some of this is fuzzy. Feel free to comment with your suggestions and I plan to re-edit my post as a see necessary.


Oh bright, beautiful
All green and small
Seeing through the atmosphere
The beautiful, black veil

Does this seem nasty?
Brutal and calm
This time in the graveyard on the fourth of July

My difference
A certain kind of playfulness
There's never enough left
Not a part of their world

It seems so easy for another slice of cake

Tri-state heavy now
The important event
A breath of violence
For the bigger the game

Oh bright, beautiful
All great and small
Seeing through the atmosphere
The beautiful black veil

Does this seem nasty?
Brutal and calm
This time in the graveyard on the fourth of July

It seems so easy
Now a nudge, a slice of cake


That's the beautiful thing about remembering
It all seems natural but it don't mean a thing
What have I left here?
The capacity to carry it

I didn't notice
Part of the fabric of life
I didn't know it ever would
I didn't even when I could

Perspective of perplexity
Treat poeple like that, they'll break your arms and legs
You're going to miss me
When you have to take a chance

The heart is sadness
This action I foresee
I didn't ever know it would
I couldn't even when I could

That's the beautiful thing about nothing
It all seems horrible and it means everything
You won't miss me
You won't do a thing

It's not so bad now
It doesn't hurt like that
I didn't know it ever would
I couldn't even when I could


Fortunes and home
It mean to only roll
You sit atop my land
And took the only wall

Do you want to feel my heart?
I could be (I could be) inside your
Inside your...

I look for rolling
And took the only wall

Do you want to feel my heart?
I could be (I could be) inside you
Inside your...


You don't understand me
You don't like my candy
You want a handy-dandy
Don't you even know?
That's not how it goes

What's wrong with me?
What's wrong with you?
What's wrong with me is what's wrong with you

You need an interpreter
Not a video worshipper
Because we're only getting stupider
On the telephone
With can and bong

What's wrong with me?
What's wrong with you?
What's wrong with me is what's wrong with you

I see how it's going to go
You roll your eyes as I speak in code
You pick a bone
I trip alone


These my friends and family
They come calling back
It's not supposed to be

A half a billion miles
He's not alive to say
He died with the other three
And now we know his name
But we don't where or why
What do you see?
It's a medical team
To get it out of me

Vaccination, zeroes you have written by the fragile words and tongue

These my friends and family
They come crawling back
It's not supposed to be


It's clear that they don't live long, eating up adrenaline
Or not at all

They can rewrite what they're seeing
Together they can tear apart
Or not at all

Specialize in what they're making
I don't want to see a thing
Or relaxing

Rewrite seeing what they're making
Together we can waste a lot
Or not
Specialize in what they're making
We can take it door to door
Or not at all

It's clear that they don't live long, heating up adrenaline
Or not at all

They can rewrite what they're seeing
Together they can tear apart
Or not at all

Every night is the king of the zombie
You might come close, but it's not quite clear
Oh, oh


Maybe you should help me
Maybe you should leave
What's wrong with the ride-along
Just across the street

A poor choice of words
And a poor choice of friends
I looked hard but it would not stop
Wrong side again (okay)
Something will not happen
Just a waste of time
Here we go with the cattleprod
And red wine
You lay there victim
You lay there dead
I don't know where I want to go
But this ain't it
Stupid hustle king
Things you got
He's not very good
He's all we got
Something should happen but we're almost out of time
Maybe you should help me
Maybe you should leave
Nothing wrong with the ride-along
It just stinks

You lay there evicted
You lay there dead
I don't know where I want to go
But this ain't it


You close your eyes and count to ten
We're killing time not noticing again
Sometimes the world doesn't seem so strange

There were drugs running all around the room
But I didn't think those things would live too long
We were warned to keep away

I'm getting tired of yelling 'til I fall a dough
That hen dark rooster won't get dead on toe to toe
Watch it all going down the drain

There's one thing that you can never lose
The never ending scream of brainish fools
Close your eyes and count to three

Sometimes the world doesn't seem so strage
I had big plans, you take the good lord's place
Now it's all coming back to me

It's a beautiful thing and no mystery for all to see
I count sixteen but you can't count to three
Watch it all going down the drain

We were warned to try to keep ourselves away
Her had big plan of the good lord's faith
Close one eye and count to three


Dig deep, my hero
Like it was before
I walked for miles in your shoes and I couldn't wait
My secret's all compression
While shielding me and one day...

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