TITLE: Melvins (or 6 Songs, or 8 Songs, or 10 Songs, now 26 Songs)
YEAR RELEASED: 1986
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you were in the basement of a Melvins fan, yeah, you may have. Otherwise, hell no.
LINEUP: Buzz Osborne, Matt Lukin, Dale Crover
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Influential and noisy Pacific Northwest sludge band’s first recordings to see the light of day.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Despite the Melvins’ reputation for playing at a sloth-like pace, the songs here actually move at a realistic tempo. What is different is that the production is, well, somewhat compromised, as in, distorted and really, really loud.
The cuts here are vital really for historical purposes. They’re not going to convert anyone to being a Melvins fan, though by this time they were sucking the members of Nirvana into their orbit. I exiled a bunch from the latest incarnation as the demo versions were just, well, even louder and more production-addled.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The various titles were based on the original EP, then the CD release (and a new EP release with took two songs from the CD away), and finally the current release with demos and outtakes.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: See above.
GRADE: C: A historical document, but for Melvins die-hards only.