Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Melvins' Song that Launched 1000 Boris Riffs

This has been a hectic week over here at Lamestain LLC, as profits have plummeted this quarter, and we were forced to lay off our research staff. Because of the revenue shortfall, this week's installment will be brief. We hope to hire a crew of unpaid college interns so we will be able to provide our normal, in-depth, scholastic analysis of 20-year-old records that nobody but you care about shortly.

Along with “Easy As it Was,” “Now a Limo,” “Grinding Process,” “#2 Pencil,” “At a Crawl,” “Disinvite,” “Snake Appeal,” “Show Off Your Red Hands,” “Over the Underground,” “Crayfish,” “Eye Flys,” “Echo Head,” “Don't Piece Me,” “Heater Moves and Eyes,” “Steve Instant Newman,” “Influence Of Atmosphere,” “Exact Paperbacks,” “Happy Grey or Black,” “Leech,” “Glow God,” “Big as a Mountain,” “Heaviness of the Load,” “Flex With You,” “Bitten Into Sympathy,” “Gluey Porch Treatments,” “Clipping Roses,” “As Was It,” “Over From Under The Excrement,” “Vile,” “Oven,” “At A Crawl,” “Let God Be Your Gardener,” “Creepy Smell,” “Kool Legged,” “Green Honey, Agonizer,” “Raise A Paw,” “Love Thing,” “Ever Since My Accident,” “Revulsion / We Reach,” “Dead Dressed,” “Cranky Messiah,” “Claude,” “My Small Percent Shows Most,” “Boris,” “Anaconda,” “Ligature,” “It's Shoved,” “Zodiac,” “If I Had An Exorcism,” “Your Blessened,” “Cow,” “Wispy,” “Antitoxidote,” “Hog Leg,” “Charmicarmicat,” “Hung Bunny,” “Roman Bird Dog,” “Hooch,” “Lizzy,” “Honey Bucket,” “Hag Me,” “Set Me Straight,” “Sky Pup,” “Joan of Arc,” “Teet,” “Copache,” “Pearl Bomb,” “Spread Eagle Beagle,” “How About,” “Rickets,” “Pick it n' Flick it,” “Montreal,” “Chief Ten Beers,” “Underground,” “Chalk People,” “Punch the Lion,” “Pure Digital Silence,” “Larry,” “Roll Another One,” “Skweetis,” “Queen,” “Sweet Willy Rollbar,” “Revolve,” “Goose Freight Train,” “Roadbull,” “At the Stake,” “Magic Pig Detective,” “Shevil,” “June Bug,” “Lividity,” “The Bit,” “Hide,” “Bar-X-The Rocking M,” “Yacob’s Lab, “The Bloat,” “Tipping the Lion,” “Black Bock,” “Goggles,” “Soup,” “Buck Owens,” “Sterilized,” “Lacrimosa,” “Skin Horse,” “Captain Pungent,” “Berthas,” “Cottonmouth,” “They All Must Be Slaughtered,” “Mombius Hibachi,” “Lovely Butterfly,” “Pitfalls in Serving Warrants,” “Air Breather Deep in the Arms of Morphius,” “Laughing with Lucifer at Satan’s Sideshow,” “How ----,” “Harry Lauders Walking Stick Tree,” “Grin,” “In the Freaktose the Bugs are Dying,” “Night Goat” is one of the Best Melvins' Songs of all Time.

Melvins + David Yow performing "Night Goat"

Luckily for me, the Melvins' have released three versions of the song. The first--and, in my professional opinion, best--was on a 1992 Amphetamine Reptile single (Scale #44). Featuring Salty Green (or Joe Preston) on bass, and recorded by Jonathan Burnside and stoner/doom metal go-to engineer, Billy Anderson, the 1500-pressed single also has a great cover of Pussy Galore’s “Adolescent Wet Dream.” The second version was on 1993’s Houdini record; it has Lori Black on bass and was also engineered and recorded by Jonathan Burnside and Billy Anderson. Their last version was then on 2005’s Houdini Live record with Mr. Bungle's/Fantomas’ Trevor Dunn on bass; it was recorded by Toshi Kasai. If we were a more profitable venture, and also not afraid of getting sued by the RIAA, we’d post all three versions of the song, but since Houdini and Houdini Live are still in print, you can just go to the store and buy them, you cheap-ass. Here’s the single version:

"Night Goat"
"Adolescent Wet Dream"

-- MC Tom

7 comments:

Coops2001 said...

Thanks again for another great post. This makes up for the Hype! soundtrack leaving out Night Goat.

Sorry to hear about the layoffs in the Research Dept(or rightsizing as some call it). When does Lamestain LLC go IPO? Afterall, Murdock just bid $5B for Dow Jones.

Yannick said...

LOUDER THAN SOUNDGARDEN

Yannick said...

Hi, I read that the song leech was originally from Green River , can you send it to me?, I've the version of Green river, so I can compare them ;)
"Leeech" was originally a song by Green River entitled "Leech." When Melvins founder Buzz Osborne asked a member of Green River why they never played the song, the reply was that the band thought it was too repetitive and was therefore dropped from their set. The song was essentially given to the Melvins on the spot.

Anonymous said...

just a clarification which you really SHOULD have noticed! the amphetimine repitile single and the recording on houdini are the same recording!!!! i just remixed it for the album... funnly k. cobain was named "producer" on the latter as i had obviously done the track without his lordship present if you check the versions! ah i fuckin LOVE this industry!!!
well i did remix it for houdini but there the credit saz: mixed by melvins and kurt!! ha ha!!!!
youse been duped!
i think we did retrack the bass w/ buzz doing it for houdini but could be wrong... i do remember that on the houdini version (i think) i ran the snare into a reverb and then into my '57 champ amp during the mix. and yeah, billy anderson made tea.
jonathan burnside
easternblocstudios.com

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