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The Melvins’ major-label debut came about because of Kurt Cobain, who was appointed unofficial A&R scout to the music industry in the wake of Nirvana’s phenomenal success. Cobain helped win major contracts for bands that had long been ignored by the mainstream, often intentionally. The Melvins were so inherently anti-commercial that it’s still amazing to think Atlantic endorsed them. Fortunately, they made the most of their increased financial support and created Houdini, their hardest and most popular album. Co-produced by Cobain on six tracks (he also plays guitar on “Sky Pup”), Houdini has the most in-your-face sound of the Melvins’ career. They didn’t alter their formula, but rather souped it up. The guitars spill from the speakers like hot lava, and for the first time it’s possible to taste the hot stench of Buzz Osbourne’s vocals. Everything they do is done best here: the grinding, seething drones, the medieval trudges, the socked-in Sabbath grooves. They even reeled off a couple of “hits” in the form of “Lizzy” and “Going Blind.”

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The best album of the Melvins.

If you are new to the Melvins, this is a good album to listen through to get a feel of their music. For people who already know a lot about the Melvins, well - they would already know of this album. Made roughly after Nirvana after a wave of grunge swept mainstream, the Melvins got a major label and produced this album. Many of their songs are very sludgey, grungy, and.. Unique. I would suggest buying this album.

This Is Such A Classic

No matter where you stand with The Melvins, this is one magnificent rock record right here. Aging nicely and sounding better as the days succumb to a brainwashed generation of radioheads. Houdini is still a nice one to melt the speakers with, Hag Me especially.

Pure a**whipping

Buy this for your kids so it may live on forever.


Formed: 1985 in Aberdeen, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Melvins were the first post-punk band to revel in the slow, sludgy sounds of Black Sabbath. Their music is oppressively slow and heavy, only without any of the silly mystical lyrics or the indulgent guitar solos; it's just one massive, oozing pile of dark slime. The Melvins' first record was released in 1987; they've released many albums since then, but it wasn't until 1993 that they went to a major label, thanks to their protégé, Kurt Cobain. While some may find the Melvins dull and repetitious,...
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