I think – like a lot of people of my generation – I first heard of Melvins (not ‘The’ apparently) because Kurt Cobain name-checked them (see also The Vaselines and the Meat Puppets).
They are about to release a covers album called Everybody Loves Sausages, which has has been described as an unconventional covers album. This is, after all, the band who covered ‘Dies Irae’ from The Shining and did it rather well.
Their cover of Queen’s ‘You’re My Best Friend’ can be streamed over at Noisey.
The full album tracklisting is as follows, with some rather ace guests and an interesting (in a good way ) choice of covers:
1. Warhead (Venom; Guest: Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
2. You’re My Best Friend (Queen; Guest: Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird)
3. Black Betty (Original artist unknown) (hear them covering it here)
4. Set It On Fire (The Scientists; Guest: Mark Arm)
5. Station To Station (David Bowie; Guest: JG Thirlwell)
6. Attitude (The Kinks: Guest: Clem Burke of Blondie)
7. Female Trouble (Divine, written by John Waters) (hear them covering it here)
8. Carpe Diem (The Fugs) (hear it here)
9. Timothy Leary Lives (Pop-O-Pies)
10. In Every Dream Home A Heartache (Roxy Music; Guests: Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis)
11. Romance (Tales of Terror)
12. Art School (The Jam; Guest: Tom Hazelmeyer)
13. Heathen Earth (Throbbing Gristle)
Everybody Loves Sausages is released on April 29 on Ipecac.