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Hometown: Montesano, WA (USA)

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The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers. 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.[citation needed]

The Melvins' music is influenced by Black Flag's mix of punk and 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 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 music, 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, Mastodon, Neurosis, Eyehategod, and Isis.

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Reviews

Melvins / Fucked Up Sugar Daddy Split Series Vol. 8 [12-inch]

Melvins / Fucked Up

Sugar Daddy Split Series Vol. 8 [12-inch] (2013)

Amphetamine Reptile

Melvins Everybody Loves Sausages

Melvins

Everybody Loves Sausages (2013)

Ipecac

Melvins / OFF! Sugar Daddy Split Series Vol. 3 [12-inch]

Melvins / OFF!

Sugar Daddy Split Series Vol. 3 [12-inch] (2012)

Amphetamine Reptile

Melvins  Freak Puke

Melvins

Freak Puke (2012)

Ipecac

Melvins  Live in San Francisco

Melvins

Live in San Francisco (2012)

live show

Melvins  1983

Melvins

1983 (2012)

Amphetamine Reptile

Melvins The Bulls and the Bees

Melvins

The Bulls and the Bees (2012)

Scion AV Metal

Melvins / Unsane Live in San Jose

Melvins / Unsane

Live in San Jose (2012)

live show

Melvins live in San Francisco

Melvins

live in San Francisco (2011)

live show

Melvins Sugar Daddy Live

Melvins

Sugar Daddy Live (2011)

Ipecac/self-released

Melvins / The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Black Betty [7-inch]

Melvins / The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Black Betty [7-inch] (2011)

Amphetamine Reptile

Melvins / Totimoshi Suicide in Progess (live) / Waning Divine [7-inch]

Melvins / Totimoshi

Suicide in Progess (live) / Waning Divine [7-inch] (2011)

Volcom

Melvins / Isis Split [12-inch]

Melvins / Isis

Split [12-inch] (2010)

Hydra Head

Melvins The Melvins Box Set

Melvins

The Melvins Box Set (2010)

Ipecac / self-released

Melvins Nude with Boots

Melvins

Nude with Boots (2008)

Ipecac

Melvins A Senile Animal

Melvins

A Senile Animal (2006)

Ipecac

Melvins Mangled Demos From 1983

Melvins

Mangled Demos From 1983 (2005)

Ipecac

Melvins Houdini

Melvins

Houdini (1993)

Atlantic

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Current Releases

MelvinsElectroretard [Reissue]

Melvins

Electroretard [Reissue]

June 2, 2015

Interviews

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Buzz Osborne (Melvins)

Monday, November 22, 2010 at 8:00 PM (EST)

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Dale Crover (The Melvins)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Buzz Osborne (The Melvins)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Tours: Melvins / Le Butcherettes
Melvins and Le Butcherettes will be touring together this summer. The tour kicks off shortly before the band reissus their 2001 album Electroretard on June 2, 2015. It's out via…
March 10, 2015
Tours: Full lineup for this year's Amnesia Rockfest announced
Billed as the largest rock festival in Canada, the lineup for the tenth anniversary edition of Amnesia Rockfest has been announced. The event, which will be held at the Montebello Marina in Quebec, is scheduled from June 18-21, 2015. Joining headliners System Of A Down and Linkin Park will be The…
February 12, 2015
Media: Melvins: "Ambition" (Iggy Pop)
The Melvins are streaming a new tune. The track is a cover of an Iggy Pop solo tune called "Ambition." The track is off a limited run, now sold out split with the Hard Ons. The band released…
December 29, 2014
Media: Melvins: 'Hold It In'
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October 07, 2014
Media: The Melvins: "Sesame Street Meat"
The Melvins have released a new song. It's called "Sesame Street Meat" and you can hear it here. Commenting on the song, Melvins drummer Dale Crover…
September 24, 2014
Media: Hepa/Titus announce split with Melvins, debut "Chow"
Hepa/Titus, the band featuring Kevin Rutmanis, formerly of The Cows, Tomahwak and The Melvins, has announced a split single with The Melvins. The Hepa/Titus side features a cover of the Cows' song, "Chow." Buzz…
September 04, 2014
Media: Hepa/Titus: 'Gettin' It On'
Hepa/Titus the band featuring Kevin Rutmanis, formerly of The Cows, Tomahawk and The Melvins, are now streaming their new LP. It's called Gettin' It On and is out via Amphetamine Reptile Records. The release was issued in a…
September 03, 2014
Media: The Melvins: "Brass Cupcake"
The Melvins have released a single from their upcoming LP, Hold It In. The song is called "Brass Cupcake" and you can hear it at…
August 22, 2014
Media: Melvins release details about next LP
The Melvins have released more details about their upcoming LP. The release is called Hold It In. Playing on the album is original Melvin Buzz Osborne, almost original Melvin Dale Crover, Jeff Pinkus of The Butthole…
August 21, 2014
Media: Dale Crover: "United Fruit"
Dale Crover of The Melvins has released the A-side from his upcoming single. It's called "United Fruit" and is backed by "Dead or Alive." Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr. and Kevin Rutmanis of The Cows and…
August 11, 2014

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