Origin: Aberdeen, Washington, USA  
Genres: Sludge Metal, Grunge Metal
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Melvins

The Melvins are a cult phenomena, an underground band in the truest sense of the word, doing exactly what they want to do, on their own terms, and inspiring tremendous fan loyalty in the process. Formed back in the early 80's, the duo of Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have been there from the beginning, with the bass position changing hands every few years (two notable early bassists were Matt Lukin, founder of the grunge band Mudhoney, and Lori Black, daughter of none other than Shirley Temple). The Melvins style is unstructured, sludgy, twisted, punk-grunge (they were playing grunge well before it became a fad), with many songs twisting and turning and meandering with little regard for standard song structure. Lyrically they're out there too, as one could gather from a glance at the song titles from any one of their many albums. Most of their career has been spent on smaller indie labels, though at one time they were on a major label (Atlantic), who seemingly had no clue as to how to handle them. At this point of time there seems to be no slowing down for the band. Truly a unique entity in the world of rock music.

Osborne is also part of Fantômas, also featuring ex-Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.

Current Members

Buzz Osbourne

guitars/vocals (Fantômas)

Paul Leary

guitars

Jeff Pinkus

bass

Steven McDonald

bass

Dale Crover

drums

Former Members/Guests

Jello Biafra (guest)

vocals (Lard)

Matt Lukin

bass

Lori Black (Lorax)

bass

Joe Preston

bass (ex-Earth, ex-High On Fire)

Mark Deutrom

bass

Kevin Rutmanis

bass (ex-Sabbath Assembly)

Jared Warren

bass

Trevor Dunn

bass (Fantômas)

Coady Willis

drums

Mike Dillard

drums

Lustmord (Brian Williams) (guest)

electronics



Discography



10 Songs  
1986 C/Z
  1. Easy As It Was
  2. Now A Limo
  3. Grinding Process
  4. #2 Pencil
  5. At A Crawl
  6. Disinvite Snake Appeal
  7. Show Off Your Red Hands
  8. Over From Underground
  9. Crayfish
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Matt Lukin
  • Dale Crover



Gluey Porch Treatments  
1986 Alchemy
  1. Eye Flys
  2. Echo Head
  3. Don't Piece Me
  4. Heater Moves and Eyes
  5. Steve Instant Newman
  6. Influence Of Atmosphere
  7. Exact Paperbacks
  8. Happy Grey or Black
  9. Leech
  10. Glow God
  11. Big as a Mountain
  12. Heaviness of the Load
  13. Flex With You
  14. Bitten Into Sympathy
  15. Gluey Porch Treatments
  16. Clipping Roses
  17. As Was It
  18. Over From Under The Excriment
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Matt Lukin
  • Dale Crover



Ozma  
1989 Boner
  1. Vile
  2. Oven
  3. At A Craw,l Let God Be Your Gardener
  4. Creepy Smell
  5. Kool Legged
  6. Green Honey
  7. Agonizer
  8. Raise A Paw
  9. Love Thing
  10. Ever Since My Accident
  11. Revulsio,n We Reach
  12. Dead Dressed
  13. Cranky Messiah
  14. Claude
  15. My Small Percent Shows Most
  16. Candy-O
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Lori Black (Lorax)
  • Dale Crover



Bullhead  
1991 Boner
  1. Boris
  2. Anaconda
  3. Ligature
  4. It's Shoved
  5. Zodiac
  6. If I Had An Exorcism
  7. Your Blessened
  8. Cow
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Lori Black (Lorax)
  • Dale Crover



Eggnog  EP
1991 Boner
  1. Wispy
  2. Antioxidote
  3. Hog Leg
  4. Charmicarmicat
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Lori Black (Lorax)
  • Dale Crover



Lysol  EP
1992 Boner
  1. Hung Bunny
  2. Roman Dog Bird
  3. Sacrifice (Flipper)
  4. Second Coming (Alice Cooper)
  5. The Ballad of Dwight Fry(Alice Cooper)
  6. With Teeth
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Joe Preston
  • Dale Crover



Houdini  
1993 Atlantic
  1. Hooch
  2. Night Goat
  3. Lizzy
  4. Going Blind
  5. Honey Bucket
  6. Hag Me
  7. Set Me Straight
  8. Sky Pup
  9. Joan Of Arc
  10. Teet
  11. Copache
  12. Pearl Bomb
  13. Spread Eagle Beagle
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Lori Black (Lorax)
  • Dale Crover



Prick  EP
1994 Amph. Reptile
  1. How About
  2. Rickets
  3. Pick it n' Flick it
  4. Montreal
  5. Chief Ten Beers
  6. Underground
  7. Chalk People
  8. Punch the Lion
  9. Pure Digital Silence
  10. Larry
  11. Roll Another One
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Mark Deutrom
  • Dale Crover



Stoner Witch  
1994 Atlantic
  1. Skweetis
  2. Queen
  3. Sweet Willy Rollbar
  4. Revolve
  5. Goose Freight Train
  6. Roadbull
  7. At the Stake
  8. Magic Pig Detective
  9. Shevil
  10. June Bug
  11. Lividity
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Mark Deutrom
  • Dale Crover



Stag  
1996 Atlantic
  1. The Bit
  2. Hide
  3. Bar-X-The Rocking M
  4. Yacobs Lab
  5. The Bloat
  6. Tipping the Lion
  7. Black Bock
  8. Goggles
  9. Soup
  10. Buck Owens
  11. Sterilized
  12. Lacrimosa
  13. Skin Horse
  14. Captain Pungent
  15. Berthas
  16. Cottonmouth
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Mark Deutrom
  • Dale Crover



Honky  
1997 Amph. Reptile
  1. They All Must Be Slaughtered
  2. Mombius Hibachi
  3. Lovely Butterfly
  4. Pitfalls in Serving Warrants
  5. Air Breather Deep in the Arms of Morphius
  6. Laughing With Lucifer At Satan's Sideshow
  7. HOW--++--
  8. Harry Lauders Walking Stick Tree
  9. Grin
  10. In the Freaktose the Bugs are Dying
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Mark Deutrom
  • Dale Crover



Singles 1-12  
1998 Amph. Reptile
  1. Lexicon Devil
  2. Pigtro
  3. In The Rain
  4. Spread Eagle
  5. Leech
  6. Queen
  7. Way Of The World
  8. Theme
  9. It's Shoved
  10. Forgotten Principles
  11. GGIIBBYY
  12. Theresa Screams
  13. Poison
  14. Double Troubled
  15. Specimen
  16. All At Once
  17. Jacksonville
  18. Dallas
  19. The Bloat
  20. Fast Forward
  21. Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings
  22. HDYF
  23. How-++-Harry Lauders Walking Stick Tree
  24. Zodiac
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Mark Deutrom
  • Dale Crover



Alive At The Fucker Club  LIVE
1998 Amph. Reptile
  1. Boris
  2. It's Shoved
  3. Bar-X-The Rocking M
  4. Antioxidote
  5. The Bloat
  6. Lizzy
  7. Mombius Hibachi
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Mark Deutrom
  • Dale Crover



The Maggot  
1999 Ipecac
  1. Amazon
  2. AMAZON
  3. We All Love JUDY
  4. Manky
  5. The Green Manalishi (with the two pronged crown)
  6. The Horn Bearer
  7. Judy
  8. See How Pretty
  9. See How Smart
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover



The Bootlicker  
1999 Ipecac
  1. Toy
  2. Let It All Be
  3. Black Santa
  4. We We
  5. Up The Dumper
  6. Mary Lady Bobby Kins
  7. Jew Boy Flower Head
  8. Lone Rose Holding Now
  9. Prig
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover



The Crybaby  
2000 Ipecac
  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. Blockbuster
  3. Ramblin' Man
  4. G.I. Joe
  5. Mine Is No Disgrace
  6. Spineless
  7. Divorced
  8. Dry Drunk
  9. Okie From Muskogee
  10. The Man With The Laughing Hand Is Dead
  11. Moon Pie
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover



Electroretard  
2001 Man's Ruin
  1. Shit Storm
  2. Youth of America
  3. Gluey Porch Treatments
  4. Revolve
  5. Missing
  6. Lovely Butterflies
  7. Tipping the Lion
  8. Interstellar Overdrive
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Mark Deutrom
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover



Colossus Of Destiny  LIVE
2001 Ipecac
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover



Hostile Ambient Takeover  
2002 Ipecac
  1. Untitled (short drum track)
  2. Black Stooges
  3. Dr. Geek
  4. Little Judas Chongo
  5. The Fool, The Meddling Idiot
  6. The Brain Center at Whipples
  7. Foaming,
  8. The Anti-Vermin Seed
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover



Pigs Of The Roman Empire  
2004 Ipecac
  1. III
  2. The Bloated Pope
  3. Toadi Acceleratio
  4. Pigs of the Roman Empire
  5. Pink Bat
  6. Zzzz Best
  7. Safety Third
  8. Idolatrous Apostate
  9. Untitled & Hidden Track
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover
  • Lustmord



Never Breathe What You Can't See  
2004 Alternative Tentacles
  1. Plethysmograph
  2. McGruff The Crime Dog
  3. Yuppie Cadillac
  4. Islamic Bomb
  5. Enchanted Thoughtfist
  6. Caped Crusader
  7. The Lighter Side Of Global Terror
  8. Dawn Of The Locusts
  • Jello Biafra
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover



Sieg Howdy  
2005 Alternative Tentacles
  1. Halo of Flies
  2. The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism
  3. Lessons in What Not to Become
  4. Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)
  5. Kali-Fornia Uber Alles 21st Century (live)
  6. Wholly Buy Bull
  7. Voted Off The Island
  8. Dawn of the Locusts (remix by dalek)
  9. Enchanted Thoughtfist (remix by Al Jourgensen)
  10. Caped Crusader (subway gas/hello kitty mix)
  • Jello Biafra
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover



A Live History Of Gluttony And Lust  LIVE
2006 Ipecac
  1. Pearl Bomb
  2. Hooch
  3. Night Goat
  4. Lizzie
  5. Going Blind
  6. Cop-Ache
  7. Set Me Straight/Och
  8. Sky Pup
  9. Joan Of Arc
  10. Joan Of Arc
  11. Honey Bucket
  12. Hag Me
  13. Spread Eagle Beagle
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Kevin Rutmanis
  • Dale Crover



(A) Senile Animal  
2006 Ipecac
  1. The Talking Horse
  2. Blood Witch
  3. Civilized Worm
  4. A History of Drunks
  5. Rat Faced
  6. The Hawk
  7. You've Never Been Right
  8. A History of Bad Men
  9. The Mechanical Bride
  10. A Vast Filthy Prison
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jared Warren
  • Trevor Dunn
  • Dale Crover
  • Coady Willis



The End  LIVE
2008 Enterruption
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jared Warren
  • Trevor Dunn
  • Dale Crover
  • Coady Willis



Nude With Boots  
2008 Ipecac
  1. The Kicking Machine
  2. Billy Fish
  3. Dog Island
  4. Dies Iraea
  5. Suicide In Progress
  6. The Smiling Cobra
  7. Nude With Boots
  8. Flush
  9. The Stupid Creep
  10. The Savage Hippy
  11. It Tastes Better Than The Truth
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jared Warren
  • Trevor Dunn
  • Dale Crover
  • Coady Willis
2008 Readers' Album #81




Melvins Vs Minneapolis  
2008 Amph. Reptile
  1. Let It All Be
  2. Lovely Butterfly
  3. Manky
  4. Hooch
  5. Youth Of America
  6. Night Goat
  7. With Teeth
  8. Tipping The Lion
  9. Queen
  10. Promise Me
  11. Black Stooges
  12. The Fool
  13. The Meddeling Idiot
  14. Intro By David Scott
  15. Pigs Of The Roman Empire
  16. Amazon
  17. Amazon
  18. The Bloated Pope
  19. Let It Be All
  20. Hooch
  21. Black Stooges
  22. At The Stake
  23. Shevil
  24. Hung Bunny
  25. Roman Dog Bird
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jared Warren
  • Trevor Dunn
  • Dale Crover
  • Coady Willis



Pick Your Battles  LIVE
2009 Bifocal
  1. Koolegged
  2. Oven
  3. Cranky Messiah
  4. Raise a Paw
  5. Ever Since My Accident
  6. Green Honey
  7. Claude
  8. You're Blessened
  9. Nude With Boots
  10. The Kicking Machine
  11. Eye Flys
  12. Rat Faced Granny
  13. The Hawk
  14. You've Never Been Right
  15. Boris
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jared Warren
  • Trevor Dunn
  • Dale Crover
  • Coady Willis



Chicken Switch (remixes)  
2009 Ipecac
  1. Washmachine Sk8tronics [Eye Yamatsuka]
  2. Emperor Twaddle Remix [Christoph Heemann]
  3. She Chokes Her Dying Breath and Does It In My Face [V/VM]
  4. AAHHH… [John Duncan]
  5. Linkshänder
  6. EggNog Trilogy: i) She’s Ivanhoe ii) Cancer iii) Inebriated [Lee Ranaldo]
  7. SNOW REM REM IBVZ
  8. Prick Concrète/Revolution M [David Scott Stone]
  9. Queen (Electroclash Remix)
  10. The Silky Apple Butter of Youth [Sunroof!]
  11. 4th Floor Hellcopter [Kawabata Makoto]
  12. disp_tx_skel_mach_murx
  13. Overgoat [Void Manes]
  14. Over from Under the Dog, Girl & Boy Treatment
  15. Hard Revenge Milly Bloody Battle VS. The Melvins Ozmatized Gore Police (Feat: Cardopusher of the Five Deadly Venoms)



Melvins  EP
2010
  1. Dies Iraea
  2. It Tastes Better Than The Truth (Remix)
  3. Youth of America (The Wipers cover)



Boris The Pervert  
2010
  1. Vile
  2. Dead Dressed
  3. Your Blessened
  4. Ever Since My Accident
  5. Heaviness of the Load
  6. Revulsion/We Reach



The Bride Screamed Murder  
2010
  1. The Water Glass
  2. Evil New War God
  3. Pig House
  4. I'll Finish You Off
  5. Electric Flower
  6. Hospital Up
  7. Inhumanity And Death
  8. My Generation
  9. P.G. x 3
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jared Warren
  • Dale Crover
  • Coady Willis



Sugar Daddy Live  LIVE
2011 Ipecac
  1. Nude with Boots
  2. Dog Island
  3. Dies Iraea
  4. Civilized Worm
  5. The Kicking Machine
  6. Eye Flies
  7. Tipping the Lion
  8. Rat Faced Granny
  9. The Hawk
  10. You've Never Been Right
  11. A History of Bad Men
  12. Star Spangled Banner
  13. Boris
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jared Warren
  • Dale Crover
  • Coady Willis



Freak Puke  
2012 Ipecac
  1. Mr. Rip-Off
  2. Inner Ear Rupture
  3. Baby Won't You Weird Me Out
  4. Worm Farm Waltz
  5. A Growing Disgust
  6. Leon Versus the Revolution
  7. Holy Barbarians
  8. Freak Puke
  9. Let Me Roll It
  10. Tommy Goes Beserk
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Trevor Dunn
  • Dale Crover



Tres Cabrones  
2013 Ipecac
  1. Dr. Mule
  2. City Dump
  3. American Cow
  4. Tie My Pecker to a Tree (Traditional)
  5. Dogs and Cattle Prods
  6. Psycho-Delic Haze
  7. 99 Bottles of Beer (Traditional)
  8. I Told You I Was Crazy
  9. Stump Farmer
  10. You're in the Army Now (Traditional)
  11. Walter's Lips (The Lewd cover)
  12. Stick em' Up Bitch (King B and Pop O Pies cover)
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Dale Crover
  • Mike Dillard



Melvins Live At Third Man Records  LIVE
2013
  1. Charmicarmicat
  2. It's Shoved
  3. Anaconda
  4. At The Stake
  5. Queen
  6. Cow
  7. Your Blessened
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jared Warren
  • Dale Crover
  • Coady Willis



Bride Of Crankenstein  EP
2014 Amph. Reptile
  1. Bride Of Crankenstein
  2. Eyes On You
  3. House Of Gasoline
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Paul Leary
  • Jeff Pinkus
  • Dale Crover



Hold It In  
2014 Ipecac
  1. Bride of Crankenstein
  2. You Can Make Me Wait
  3. Brass Cupcake
  4. Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit
  5. Onions Make the Milk Taste Bad
  6. Eyes on You
  7. Sesame Street Meat
  8. Nine Yards
  9. The Bunk Up
  10. I Get Along (Hollow Moon)
  11. Piss Pisstopherson
  12. House of Gasoline
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Paul Leary
  • Jeff Pinkus
  • Dale Crover



Beer Hippy  EP
2015 Amph. Reptile
  1. Beer Hippy
  2. Shaving Cream
  3. Phyllis Dillard
  4. Take Me Out
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Dale Crover
  • Mike Dillard



War Pussy  EP
2016 Amph. Reptile
  1. The Decay of Lying
  2. Hideous Woman
  3. I Want To Tell You
  4. War Pussy
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Steven McDonald
  • Dale Crover



Basses Loaded  
2016 Ipecac
  1. The Decay of Lying
  2. Choco Plumbing
  3. Beer Hippy
  4. I Want To Tell You
  5. Captain Come Down
  6. Hideous Woman
  7. Shaving Cream
  8. Planet Destructo
  9. War Pussy
  10. Maybe I Am Amused
  11. Phyllis Dillard
  12. Take Me Out To The Ball Game
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jared Warren
  • Jeff Pinkus
  • Steven McDonald
  • Dale Crover
  • Coady Willis
  • Mike Dillard



A Walk With Love & Death  
2017 Ipecac
  1. Black Heath
  2. Sober-delic (acid only)
  3. Euthanasia
  4. What's Wrong with You?
  5. Edgar the Elephant
  6. Flaming Creature
  7. Christ Hammer
  8. Cactus Party
  9. Cardboa Negro
  10. Aim High
  11. Queen Powder Party
  12. Street Level St. Paul
  13. The Hidden Joice
  14. Give It To Me
  15. Chicken Butt
  16. Eat Yourself Out
  17. Scooba
  18. Halfway To The Bakersfield Mall
  19. Pacoima Normal
  20. Park Head
  21. T-Burg
  22. Track Star
  23. The Asshole Bastard
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Steven McDonald
  • Dale Crover



Pinkus Abortion Technique  
2018 Ipecac
  1. Stop Moving To Florida
  2. Embrace The Rub
  3. Don't Forget To Breathe
  4. Flamboyant Duck
  5. Break Bread
  6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  7. Prenup Butter
  8. Graveyard
  • Buzz Osbourne
  • Jeff Pinkus
  • Steven McDonald
  • Dale Crover




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