At Lamestain Headquarters, we have mixed feelings about bootleggers. On one hand, we have learned about some of our favorite bands through bootlegs or quasi-legit records like the Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk, Back from the Grave, Nuggets, Pebbles, and the first dozen Killed By Death compilations. Really, boots have created a market for obscure music, which, in some cases, has led to proper reissues, reunion shows, and bands getting the recognition that they deserve. A case in point would be any of the hundreds of punk bands that have recently released proper full-length reissues after their lone, 300-pressed-but-250-thrown-away-by-a-crazy- ex-girlfriend, 25-year old single appeared on a Bloodstains Across Uzbekistan compilation. On the other hand, a lot of bootleggers are more interested in making a quick buck than they are of exposing a new audience to forgotten music. These are the jerks that put out the millions of crapily recorded, shoddy packaged, and overpriced live Misfits bootlegs that you regretfully keep buying because you are hoping that this one won’t totally suck.
We also dig how some bootleggers preserve some once in a lifetime event that would otherwise just exist in a few lucky clubgoer’s alcohol-impaired memories. For instance, the one-time pairing of the Melvins' King Buzzo with Nirvana's Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl at Seattle’s Crocodile Café on January 15th, 1992. If, like me, you were doing something lame that night, you would have never heard this band if it wasn’t for some sneaky scenester recording the show for posterity and maybe a little financial benefit.
The band supposedly did 4 or 5 songs, and two Flipper covers (“Sacrifice” and “Way of the World”) ended up on a bootleg 7” in 1993. Released by the mysterious Teen Sensation Records, the sound quality is actually pretty good for a live boot. Sadly, whoever put together the record didn’t list much information on the sleeve, and nobody seems to know who else played that night. I don’t ever remember any announced Melvins’ shows at the Crocodile, and I am guessing the guys just jumped on stage between scheduled bands, blazed through a short set, and then left like a dust in the wind. Our soon-to-be-fired college interns were also not able to find out what other songs were performed that night. If you were there or know more, please leave a comment to fill in the blanks.
Anyhow, the Melvins later covered “Sacrifice” on the Lysol record and “Love Canal” and “Someday” for a Flipper tribute 5” on San Francisco’s great Slap a Ham Records. Krist Novoselic also filled in for the late Will Shatter on a Flipper / Melvins tour last year.
MediaMax is giving us grief this morning, so if you want the songs, the best way to download them is via the .zip file here.)
Way of the World
-- MC Tom