MELVINS (1986–PRESENT). Buzz “King Buzzo” Osbourne (vocals/guitar), Matt Lukin (bass, replaced by Lori Black, Mark Deutrom, Kevin Rutmanis), Dale Crover (drums).
The Melvins are also the definition of early metal as epitomized by Sabbath, sloooooooooow and sludgy riffs and a drum beat that almost allows one to go out for a cup of coffee before the next beat finally crashes down on the snare. AWashington state band, the Melvins, a particular influence on Kurt Cobain, have been relentlessly pursuing sludge perfection for over twenty years and over the course of more than twenty records, not to mention solo records and collaborations with like-minded souls such as Fanotmas and Jello Biafra.
The band also notoriously released three “solo” EPs from all three members at the same time with album covers that were a mock-up of the famous Kiss solo records. The band also once featured Lori Black, the daughter of former child star Shirley Temple, on bass for several years. Although usually lumped in with the alternative or the “grunge” scene, the Melvins have been truer to the original musical intent of metal than the countless number of better-known hair bands that once dominated the landscape in the days of yore.
Discography: Melvins [EP] (C/Z, 1986); Gluey Porch Treatments (Alchemy, 1986; Ipecac, 2000); Ozma (Boner, 1989); Eggnog [EP] (Boner, 1991); 10 Songs (C/Z, 1991); Your Choice Live Series, Vol. 12 (Ger. Your Choice, 1991); Bullhead (Boner, 1991); King Buzzo: King Buzzo [EP] (Boner/Tupelo,1992); Dale Crover: Dale Crover [EP] (Boner/Tupelo, 1992); Joe Preston: Joe Preston [EP] (Boner/Tupelo, 1992); Melvins (Boner/ Tupelo, 1992); Houdini (Atlantic, 1993); Stoner Witch (Atlantic, 1994); Live (X-mas, 1996); Stag (Mammoth/Atlantic, 1996); Honky (Amphetamine Reptile, 1997); Singles 1–12 (Amphetamine Reptile, 1997); Alive at the Fucker Club (Amphetamine Reptile, 1998); The Maggot (Ipecac, 1999); The Bootlicker (Ipecac, 1999); The Crybaby (Ipecac, 2000); Melvins at Slim’s on 8-Track 6.17.99 [8-track] (Life Is Abuse, 2000); The Trilogy on Vinyl (Ipecac, 2000); Hostile Ambient Takeover 70 Singles (Ipecac, 2000); Electroretard (Man’s Ruin, 2001); Colossus of Destiny (Ipecac, 2001); Hostile Ambient Takeover (H.A.T.) (Ipecac, 2002); 26 Songs (Ipecac, 2003); Melvinmania: The Best of the Atlantic Years 1993–1996 (Atlantic, 2003); Pigs of the Roman Empire (Ipecac, 2004); Mangled Demos from 1983 (Ipecac, 2005); Snivlem: Prick (Amphetamine Reptile, 1994); Fanotmas Melvins Big Band: Fanotmas Melvins Big Band (Ipecac, 2002);