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Montesano, Washington, United States (1983 – present)

Melvins are a band that formed in Montesano, Washington, United States in 1983. The band currently consists of Buzz Osborne (vocals, guitar), Jared Warren (bass), Dale Crover (drums) and Coady Willis (drums). Osborne is the only remaining original member, although Crover has been a member since early in the band’s career.

In the early days of their career their dark, heavy, oppressively slow sound made them innovators of genres like , , and . Melvins’ music is influenced by Flipper, Black Flag’s My War-era and Black Sabbath-style , but their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult. Singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne (aka “King Buzzo”) and drummer Dale Crover are constant members while several bass guitarists have cycled through the group. Melvins usually performed as a trio until 2006 when two members of Big Business became permanent members of the band.

The band was named after a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano, Washington where Osborne was employed. Melvin was the most-hated fellow employee and the band felt it to be an appropriate name. Like SF noisenik predecessors Flipper, their love of slow tempos and sludgy sound were a strong influence on music, especially Nirvana and many other bands from Seattle. Their protegés, however, tended to use more conventional musical structures with this sound.

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  • fuzzyburrito

    Just saw they are announced on the culture room site. Excited:)

    Yesterday 7:05pm Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    Foaming

    11 Jul 7:43am Reply
  • sabrage

    I wish I could dress as poorly as Buzzo and get away with it.

    8 Jul 12:02pm Reply
  • andover

    Bride Screamed IS pretty weird, that is true.

    1 Jul 2:48am Reply
  • antiperiodic

    @LizzyCageRain, I'm pretty sure there are multiple versions of the album since the Lysol corporation threatened legal action against them. Pretty sure one is self titled.

    28 Jun 7:31am Reply
  • sglangdon

    Drunken Baby is definitely my favourite.

    17 Jun 4:10pm Reply
  • Fureon

    Buzzo's solo album kicks some serious ass. I can't deny that some songs do sound like Melvins unplugged, but there is a fair share of songs that work especially well in the acoustic setting. Like Drunken Baby, Useless King Of The Punks, and others. SO GOOD. As for the other tracks... BUZZ MADE THE ACOUSTIC METAL. I don't know, works for me. Seriously, I think Buzz put that "grandpa's guitars" to a good use.

    15 Jun 12:44pm Reply
  • RunGodRun

    "A History of Bad Men" one love

    14 Jun 10:20pm Reply
  • deeee1991

    so much LP´s...which one is the best so start with?

    12 Jun 6:14pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    I didn't dig it all that much on the first few listens, but it's growing on me. It does really go to show how distinctive Buzz's songwriting style is though, because I can totally imagine those songs as Melvins tunes. I'd probably like them better if they were to be honest, but yeah, it's pretty good.

    7 Jun 8:22am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I liked it.

    6 Jun 11:03pm Reply
  • antiperiodic

    What do y'all think of the Buzzo album? I love it, it blew away my expectations.

    6 Jun 1:04am Reply
  • Taki90

    what's about the new buzz solo album,is it worth checkin out ?

    5 Jun 10:58pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    That's what I meant.. It's a weird combo. I love it a lot though, I think it's one of their best, I couldn't believe it got some hate when it came out. and The Bride is their weirdest double drum album.

    4 Jun 2:21am Reply
  • sglangdon

    The Bride Screamed Murder had some pretty weird moments...

    3 Jun 9:54pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    Pretty much the only weird thing about Freak Puke is the double bass... I'd really love to hear another Lite record at some point though, because I really dig it. Everybody Loves Sausages was definitely patchy. The b-sides from the clown 7"s are well worth checking out though - quite a few of them are better than tracks on the album itself. Swampland is one of my favourite covers they've ever done... Right up there with Youth Of America.

    3 Jun 9:51pm Reply
  • Meloku666

    My name is Melvin (and I'm not kidding..)

    29 May 8:21pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I agree.. I think Freak Puke was pretty weird but, Prick, Stag, Honky, The Trilogy, Electroretard and HAT are weirder. All are amazing though, except prick, of course. (A) Senile Animal-Tres Cabrones is more solid. I didn't like ELS all that much though. I like their weirdness, but I think they are more focused on making good music and not weirding people out.

    29 May 1:07pm Reply
  • andover

    In my opinion their weirdness has been dulled since the early 2000 years. Of course they are still oddballs in a sense. Maybe it's me, maybe it's them, but their music is a lot more straight up these days. I think they are better for it.

    29 May 3:36am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I love Freak Puke a lot. HAT and Stag are my favorites. The Bootlicker is also amazing. I think Stoner Witch is a good place to start to.

    27 May 5:44pm Reply
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