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MELVINS

OZMA / BULLHEAD

BONER


Format: 2xLPs
Cata No: BR45
Barcode: 038161004513
This double-LP package combines two of the earliest releases from the often
imitated but never duplicated Melvins. Formed in the early-’80s in the scenic
wonderland known as Aberdeen, WA, the band took inspiration from Black
Flag, Black Sabbath, Venom, Flipper, Stooges and other floggers of highenergy,
low-velocity plod. Today, more than 30 years later, they might be
more popular than ever. Slow and steady wins the race.
Disc one is Ozma, from 1989, which was recorded soon after their move
from Washington to San Francisco, and was their first release to include the
diminutive yet mighty Lorax (Lori Temple Black) on bass. In fact, the first
sound one hears at the album’s opening is Lori standing on her tiptoes to
switch on her amp, thereby warning the listener of the onslaught to come.
Distorted, down-tuned doom riffs start, stop, lurch sideways with no warning,
and seem to end before they start. Buzz Osborne adds extraneous guitar
static and vocal squeals. Drummer Dale Crover plays as if he’s inside a barrel
going over Niagara Falls; the long, slow fall allows the space between
beats to grow and grow until he crashes into the water with the vessel blasting
apart in an explosion of drum rolls. The classic Melvins heavy grind is set
up and broken up by assorted odd sidetracks: “Revulsion / We Reach” flows
forward slower and slower until it eventually melts into a gooey feedback
drone. “Raise a Paw” is a superball paddled against one’s head by a grinning
village idiot. “Love Thing” enlists in the Kiss Army before getting dishonorably
discharged.
Disc two is Bullhead, from 1991. The songs are longer, the mood is calmer,
yet more menacing. “Boris” (which gave the Japanese group their name)
is a long, slow, low death march of addiction and self-abuse. “Zodiac” is a
frantic punk rock machine gun blasting away at Buzz’s demons (both inner
and outer). “Cow” is a happy baboon bashing away at the best drum solo of
his life. “It’s Shoved” is a groovy beat for the cast of Shindig to bop along to,
until their carefree performances of The Pony, The Mashed Potato, and The
Watusi are horribly interrupted by the soundstage tilting up and sliding them
all into a mangled heap of screaming dancers, broken cameras and flaming
electronic equipment at the bottom.
The LPs have been remastered and are back in print on vinyl for the
first time in 15 years. The new gatefold packaging includes never-beforeseen
vintage photos, as well as the original artwork and insert, all tidied up
and ready to meet Mom and Dad. Free download (with one extra track) is
included.

Tracks:

Disc One: Ozma

1. Vile
2. Oven
3. At a Crawl
4. Let God Be Your Gardener
5. Creepy Smell
6. Kool Legged
7. Green Honey
8. Agonizer
9. Raise a Paw
10. Love Thing
11. Ever Since My Accident
12. Revulsion / We Reach
13. Dead Dressed
14. Cranky Messiah 15. Claude
16. My Small Percent Shows Most
17. Candy-O

Disc Two: Bullhead

1. Boris
2. Anaconda
3. Ligature
4. It?s Shoved
5. Zodiac
6. If I Had an Exorcism
7. Your Blessened
8. Cow

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