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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

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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2022, 06:52:06 AM »
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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2022, 07:59:38 AM »
Let Me Roll It was the B-side to Jet and might be a slightly deeper cut considering what else is on Band On The Run but you're right, I can't think of anything too obscure off the top of my head.

Gun Club - Promise Me maybe? Sex Beat being the closest to a hit on that record.



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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2022, 08:52:43 AM »
Let Me Roll It was the B-side to Jet and might be a slightly deeper cut considering what else is on Band On The Run but you're right, I can't think of anything too obscure off the top of my head.

Gun Club - Promise Me maybe? Sex Beat being the closest to a hit on that record.

Promise Me is the first song that came to my mind too.

Was In Every Dream Home a Heartache a big RM hit? Only really familiar with their album covers.  8-[

I was pleasantly surprised to hear In Every Dream Home a Heartache in the Mindhunter series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0GMd-rOTuQ


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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2022, 10:35:07 AM »
Let Me Roll It was the B-side to Jet and might be a slightly deeper cut considering what else is on Band On The Run but you're right, I can't think of anything too obscure off the top of my head.

Gun Club - Promise Me maybe? Sex Beat being the closest to a hit on that record.

Promise Me is the first song that came to my mind too.

Was In Every Dream Home a Heartache a big RM hit? Only really familiar with their album covers.  8-[

I was pleasantly surprised to hear In Every Dream Home a Heartache in the Mindhunter series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0GMd-rOTuQ

I don't think Dream Home was a "hit" in any way. Fan favorite I might guess. I'd think it'd go down as a deeper cut all things considered.

They use Dream Home for a scene in the movie Wonderland (Val Kilmer, Kate Boswoth) too. Good flick, check it out.
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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2022, 11:43:12 AM »
I can't think of anything too obscure off the top of head
Outside of a few tracks (Teen Spirit, Black Betty, My Generation, Everybody's Talking and the Sabbath and Beach Boys parody), i don't think i have been familiar with ANY of the covers they have done. So each one to me ends up being a "Melvins" owned tune in a sense.

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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2022, 11:58:54 AM »
is there a definitive list of every single cover song melvins have done? i would peruse the shit out of that

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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2022, 01:52:07 PM »
That would be interesting! And lengthy

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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2022, 01:55:53 PM »
Let Me Roll It was the B-side to Jet and might be a slightly deeper cut considering what else is on Band On The Run but you're right, I can't think of anything too obscure off the top of my head.

Gun Club - Promise Me maybe? Sex Beat being the closest to a hit on that record.

Promise Me is the first song that came to my mind too.

Was In Every Dream Home a Heartache a big RM hit? Only really familiar with their album covers.  8-[

I was pleasantly surprised to hear In Every Dream Home a Heartache in the Mindhunter series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0GMd-rOTuQ

Tomahawk covered that Roxy Music song on their first UK tour, so I wonder if that was an influence on the thought process behind it.

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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2022, 02:01:58 PM »
the best tomahawk covers were george jones' 'just one more' and the the bad brains combo 'pay to cum'+'how low can a punk get' on the 2013 tour

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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2022, 08:04:28 PM »
http://themelvins.net/wiki/index.php/Songs_Melvins_Have_Covered

Here's the list of covers.


Melvins covered the Ramones at a Bash. Forget which song. Might be Pinhead.

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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2022, 09:24:10 PM »
That’s an extensive list! Yet it still seems to be missing a lot. Melvins pretty much average 2 covers per proper album now, so times that by like, a million. Factor in all the singles, one offs, live shows, could there be as many covers as originals?

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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2022, 08:29:13 AM »
Melvins covered the Ramones at a Bash. Forget which song. Might be Pinhead.

That's right, it was Pinhead. And we can't forget Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World - perhaps the biggest curveball of them all.

And yeah, they've always had a way of making songs entirely their own, often eclipsing the original.
Station to Station might be a fan favourite but it worked perfectly on Sausages. However, I just can't help but imagine what a TVC15 cover would have sounded like  :shock:

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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2022, 09:26:43 AM »
they covered White Punks On Dope by the Tubes. just praise Jeebus they didn't choose to cover the Tubes biggest (s)hit.  :merde: :facepalm: :buzz:
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Re: Melvins cover songs strategy
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2022, 10:18:46 AM »
yeah melvins covered 'pinhead' at the troubadour in LA in 2010. t'was glorious