The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 27, 1994 - 9
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Even though they are originally from Seattle, the Melvins prefer not to be called a "grunge" band. All the grunge bands ripped them off. Yeah, whatever.
By TED WATTS
What do you think of when you
consider the forerunners of modern
music? Do you think of Peter
Frampton? Well, you're wrong. You
ust think of the Melvins.
While influential Seattleites,
they've all migrated away from the
great northwest. Singer/guitarist King
Puzzo said: "People always ask us
(whining) 'Why did you ever move
fom Seattle?' Move up there and
find out. Boring, horrible, hideous."
Nonetheless, they were an important
influence on the bands which became
such a driving force behind that "g-
.word" movement of a couple of years
ago. The influence is surprising, con-
sidering their rather harsh and chaotic
sound. Yet their importance has been
Enough history! The Melvins just
released an album in August ("Prick,"
on Amphetamine Reptile) and are on
,the verge of releasing another in Oc-
tober ("Stoner Witch," on Atlantic).
While on a rather speedy recording
schedule (not unlike that of their idols,
Kiss) this particular proliferation is
actually an illusion.
"We went to the studio, since we
want to do a record a year," said Buzz,
brimming with an energy that is ap-
parent in performance and on the
phone. "We wanted to go to a really
cheap studio and hammered out a
bunch of songs, just to see what we
could come up with. We'd work on
the Atlantic stuff for our new "Stoner
Witch" album, and in between that
stuff we'd work on weird shit just for
the hell of it. We had no coherent idea
that we'd make an album of it. We
thought, maybe put it out as a budget
EP, but I thought that made it seem
like it didn't count as much as every-
thing else. So I said let's put it out as
a legitimate thing."
And so "Prick" was born. Experi- s
mental, noisy and with a wonderful
cover painted by Buzz's wife, "Prick"
is everything which is not commer-
cial and so was released on Amphet-
amine Reptile. Buzz described it as
"good music for vacuuming. It's pretty
out there." There's even one track
which is digital silence, just plain
"There were experiments where
guys would tape in empty rooms, come
back and swear they could hear things
on them like ghosts or poltergeists.
Maybe sunspots or something to do
with the CIA. UFOs. Has to be." That's
fine since the more corporate album
is coming out. Buzz jokingly named
the impetus for the album as "record
sales, man, record sales." A quick (or
long) listen proves otherwise.
But then, the Melvins' lineup
seems more stable. With Mark
Deutrom on bass (the latest in a long
line of Melvins bassists), the band
seems to have found a level. Buzz
says "the 'Stoner Witch' and 'Prick'
sessions were the first time we felt
like a coherent band, completely even
and equal instead of something where
just loud and heavy
I had to tell everyone what to do."
While a great album, is Buzz con-
cerned that "Prick" will never be the
source of anthems for those damn
"Generation X. Sounds like some
kind of spy name," chided Buzz.
"Anti-itch medication - Generation
X! I've got rock neck really bad this
morning, honey.' 'Try some of this
Generation X, you'll feel fine.' The
thing is, the popular music they like
sounds like a bunch of '70s disco to
me. A bunch of those bands, without
naming any names - I have to be
diplomatic, I don't know when I might
be playing with some of these bands
- are like the REO Speedwagon/
Foreigner of the '90s. Yuck!"
The Melvins have been at close
quarters with many of the worst as-
pects of corporate rock, not just oper-
ating at close quarters with repugnant
bands. "We toured in Europe with
Prong, and there was suddenly this
other band, Life of Agony or some-
thing like that, that was suddenly stuck
into the middle position of the tour.
We were like 'What's going on?' and
we were told that Life of Agony paid
$20,000 to have that spot. Jesus. It's
amazing. I mean, I guess I can blame
Prong for accepting the money but
you have to blame Life of Agony for
even offering it. It's probably a sce-
nario that happens a lot," said Buzz.
Not that touring is bad. "We'll
play lots of stuff we've played for a
long time and go back and listen to it
on the album and say 'Oh, yeah, that's
how we used to do it.' It's kind of
surprising. But I don't mind touring
stuff, I like playing. We're still play-
ing songs from our first 7" on this
tour. I don't like bands generally that
forsake all their old material. What
are you saying, you hate all of your
old stuff, ALL OF IT?!?"
Well, rest assured that the Melvins
won't be hypocritical and will, in
fact, play fine medleys of their par-
ticularly wonderful harsh rock. See
them before everyone else in the uni-
verse uses them up.
THE MELVINS are playing tonight
with L7 and Wool at St. Andrew's.
Doors open at 7:30 and it's all
ages, kiddies. Call 961-MELT.
About Mini-Courses and UAC
Mini Courses is a committee of the University Activities Center (UAC).
UAC, (pronounced you-ack), is the largest student-run organization on campus, providing
an opportunity for students to become involved in a variety of extracurricular activities.
The UAC offices are at 2105 Michigan Union.
Registration Dates September 26 - October 7
Michigan Union Ticket Office @ 763-TKTS
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1 26 Mini-Courses registration begins at MUTO 1-3 MUSKET presents: "Hair"; 8pm., Power Center,
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An Intense Cardiovascular exercise incoruaag Cardio-Funk, Ilip-Hop and Tubing will be avaiable
for specialty sculpting. Abdominal and lower body work is always included! Join exclusive instructors
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Mondays Michigan Union Ballroom 7:00-9:00 10/10-11/14
Thursdays Michigan Union Ballroom 7:00-9:00 10/27-12/8
Put on your dancing shoes! In this course far beginners and intermediates. you'll learn varius
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Monday U-Club-Union 7:00-9:00 10/10-11/14
Thursday U-Club-Union 7:00-9:00 10/13-11/17
Amaze your friends, annoy your parents! learn how to mix over 100 drinks. A certificate of
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Tuesdays Wolverine A,B,C-Union 7:00-9:00 10/11-11/15
Inroduction to the tools and techniques of calligraphy.
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Wednesdays Room 2209-Union 8:00-10:00 10/12-10/19
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