The Melvins

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An American band that formed in 1983. Usually they perform as a trio, but in rrecently they have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

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Since 1984, singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne (also known as King Buzzo) and drummer Dale Crover have been the band's ongoing members.

The band was named after a supervisor at a Thriftway in Montesano, Washington, where Osborne also worked as a clerk. "Melvin" was despised by other employees, and the band's members felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.

The Melvins' music is influenced by Black Flag's mix of Punk and Heavy Metal on their My War and Slip It In albums, and other slow Punk acts like Flipper and the Wipers, but also by Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands such as Kiss and Alice Cooper; however, their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult. Buzzo has also stated that his guitar playing is more influenced by Black Flag than Black Sabbath, with whom they are often compared.

At times they favor slow tempos, and their sludgy sound was a strong influence on Grunge, especially Nirvana, Soundgarden, Green River, and many other bands from Seattle. These bands, however, tended to use more conventional musical structures with this sound. The Melvins have also influenced many bands outside the Seattle Grunge scene, including Tool (who are personal friends with the band), Boris (who took their name from the title of a Melvins song), Earth, Sunn O))), Mastodon, Neurosis, Eyehategod, and Isis.

Albums List

  1. 1987 - Gluey Porch Treatments - Alchemy Records
  2. 1989 - Ozma - Boner Records
  3. 1991 - Bullhead - Boner Records
  4. 1992 - Lysol - Boner Records
  5. 1993 - Houdini - Atlantic Records
  6. 1994 - Prick - Amphetamine Reptile Records
  7. 1994 - Stoner Witch - Atlantic Records
  8. 1996 - Stag -Atlantic Records
  9. 1997 - Honky - Amphetamine Reptile Records
  10. 1999 - The Maggot - Ipecac Recordings
  11. 1999 - The Bootlicker - Ipecac Recordings
  12. 2000 - The Crybaby - Ipecac Recordings
  13. 2002 - Hostile Ambient Takeover - Ipecac Recordings
  14. 2004 - Pigs of the Roman Empire (w/ Lustmord) - Ipecac Recordings
  15. 2004 - Never Breathe What You Can't See (w/ Jello Biafra) - Alternative Tentacles
  16. 2006 - (A) Senile Animal - Ipecac Recordings
  17. 2008 - Nude with Boots - Ipecac Recordings
  18. 2010 - The Bride Screamed Murder - Ipecac Recordings
  19. 2012 - Freak Puke (Melvins Lite) - Ipecac Recordings
  20. 2013 - Everybody Loves Sausages - Ipecac Recordings
  21. 2013 - Tres Cabrones (Melvins 1983) - Ipecac Recordings
  22. 2014 - Hold It In - Ipecac Recordings
  23. 2016 - Basses Loaded - Ipecac Recordings

Members Name Check

  • Buzz Osborne – lead vocals, guitar (1983–present)
  • Dale Crover – drums, percussion, bass, vocals (1984–present)
  • Matt Lukin – bass (1983–1987)
  • Lori "Lorax" Black – bass (1987–1991, 1992–1993)
  • Joe Preston – bass (1991–1992)
  • Mark Deutrom – bass, guitar (1993–1998)
  • Kevin Rutmanis – bass (1998–2005)

Additional/Live Members

  • Tom Flynn – bass (1990)
  • Billy Anderson – bass (1993)
  • Dave Sahijdak – bass (1993)
  • David Scott Stone – guitar, bass, misc. (1997–2005)
  • Adam Jones – guitar, bass (1998-2008 [various collaborations])
  • Jello Biafra – vocals (2004–2005, 2008)
  • Paul Leary – guitar, vocals (2014)

Rotating Members

  • Mike Dillard – drums, vocals (1983–1984, 2008–present [as "Melvins 1983"])
  • Trevor Dunn – upright bass, bass, vocals (2005–2009, 2011–present ["Melvins Lite"])
  • Jared Warren – bass, vocals (2006–present)
  • Coady Willis – drums, vocals (2006–present)
  • Jeff Pinkus – bass, vocals (2013–present)

Basses Loaded Line Up

  • King Buzzo – guitar & vocals
  • Dale Crover – drums & vocals (1, 2, 4–6, 8–10), bass (3, 7, 11, 12)
  • Steven McDonald – bass & vocals (1, 4, 6, 9)
  • Jared Warren – bass & vocals (2)
  • Coady Willis – drums & vocals (2)
  • Mike Dillard – drums & vocals (3, 7, 11, 12)
  • Jeff Pinkus – bass (5)
  • Trevor Dunn – bass (8)
  • Krist Novoselic – bass & accordion (10)
  • Kristy Joy - backing vocals

External Links

www.themelvins.net