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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.

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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Gluey Porch Treatments Melvins 2
1989 Ozma Melvins 1
1989 Ozma / Gluey Porch Treatments Melvins 1
1991 Bullhead Melvins 5 1
1992 Lysol Melvins 5 2
1993 Houdini Melvins 5 4
1994 Prick Melvins 1
1994 Stoner Witch Melvins 5 2
1996 Stag Melvins 2
1997 Honky Melvins 1
1999 The Maggot Melvins 5 2
1999 The Bootlicker Melvins 4 3
2000 The Crybaby Melvins 3
2001 Electroretard Melvins 1
2002 Hostile Ambient Takeover Melvins 1
2004 Pigs of the Roman Empire Melvins & Lustmord 2 1
2004 Never Breathe What You Can’t See Jello Biafra with The Melvins 2
2005 Sieg Howdy! Jello Biafra with The Melvins 2
2006 (A) Senile Animal Melvins 5 1
2008 Nude With Boots Melvins 5 1
2010 The Bride Screamed Murder Melvins 1
2012 Freak Puke The Melvins 2
2013 Everybody Loves Sausages Melvins 1
2013 Tres cabrones Los Melvins 1
2014 Hold It In The Melvins 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Singles 1-12 Melvins 1
2003 Melvinmania: The Best of the Atlantic Years 1993-1996 Melvins 1
2004 Neither Here nor There Melvins 1
2005 Mangled Demos From 1983 Melvins 3
2007 The Making Love Demos Melvins 1
2015 Eggnog + Lice-All Melvins 1
2015 Ozma + Bullhead Melvins 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Your Choice Live Series 012 Melvins 1
2000 Live at Slim's Melvins 1
2001 Alive at the F*cker Club Melvins 1
2001 Colossus of Destiny Melvins 1
2006 Houdini Live 2005: A Live History of Gluttony and Lust Melvins 1
2008 The End Melvins 1
2008 Melvins vs. Minneapolis Melvins 1
2009 Pick Your Battles Melvins 1
2011 Endless Residency Melvins 2
2011 Sugar Daddy Live Melvins 1
2013 Live at Third Man Records Melvins 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Chicken Switch Melvins 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More / I Dreamed I Dream Melvins / Steel Pole Bath Tub 1
1989 Oven 7" Melvins 1
1990 Love Canal / Someday Melvins 1
1990 Melvins / Malfunkshun Melvins / Malfunkshun 1
1990 With Yo' Heart, Not Yo' Hands Melvins 1
1990 Your Blessened / Pronoun Piece Me Melvins 1

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