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

Melvins / Totimoshi

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

Volcom

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 / 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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Buzz Osborne on Melvins Collaborations

Monday, June 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Buzz Osborne wants you to know that the Cobain documentary is "bullsh*t"
The Kurt Cobain documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck has won over many critics and fans, but the Melvins' Buzz Osborne isn't one of them. Osborne, a teenage friend of Cobain's whose band often played with…
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Interviews: Buzz Osborne on Melvins Collaborations
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June 01, 2015
Interviews: The Melvins: "Captain Comedown"
The Melvins have released a new track. It's called "Captain Comedown" and it's off their upcoming split with Le Butcherettes. You can hear it…
May 19, 2015
Interviews: Melvins to release tour-only split 10-inch with Le Butcherettes
In anticipation of their upcoming summer dates, Melvins announced they will be selling a new, tour-only split 10-inch with tourmates Le Butcherettes. The band says, "Tour fires up in a month and we're not heading out empty handed.…
May 08, 2015
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April 10, 2015
Interviews: Documentary about Melvins to be released
Hellsmore Media have announced that they have begun production on a documentary about The Melvins. The documentary will be called The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale, named after the Melvins LP, and it is being produced in conjunction with the band. The…
April 07, 2015
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

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