Melvins Houdini

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CD Details

  • Released: September 21, 1993
  • Label: Atlantic

Entertainment Reviews:

Spin - 11/93, p.133
Highly Recommended - "...A few sections on [HOUDINI] are recorded so hot that the guitar distortion literally breaks up into white noise in your speakers: the hits are classic Melvins tuneage, which means they'll make you wonder if the batteries are going dead in your radio..."
Musician - 11/93, p.13
"...[HOUDINI] is a slow-motion barrage of buzzsaw noize apocalypso, with tracks like "Pearl Bomb" achieving a formal brilliance that slams together the Ramones, Stooges, Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham...."

Tracks:

  • 1.Hooch
  • 2.Night Goat
  • 3.Lizzy
  • 4.Going Blind
  • 5.Honey Bucket
  • 6.Hag Me
  • 7.Set Me Straight
  • 8.Sky Pup
  • 9.Joan of Arc
  • 10.Teet
  • 11.Copache
  • 12.Pearl Bomb
  • 13.Spread Eagle Beagle

Product Description:

Melvins: King Buzzo (vocals, guitar); Dale (vocals, drums); Lorax (bass).
Additional personnel: Kurt Cobain (guitar, percussion); Bill Bartell (guitar, bass); Billy Anderson (bass); Al Smith, Mike Supple (percussion).
Recorded at Brilliant Studios and Razor's Edge, San Francisco, California; Laundry Room, Seattle, Washington.
Personnel: King Buzzo (vocals, guitar); Dale Crover (vocals, drums); Kurt Cobain (guitar, percussion); Mike Supple, Al Smith (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Garth Richardson; Kurt Cobain; Melvins; Billy Anderson .
Recording information: Brilliant Studios, San Francisco, CA; Laundry Room, Seattle, WA; Razor's Edge, San Francisco, CA.
Photographer: Wild Don Lewis .
To essay a concise, surefooted summation of the Melvins' catalog would be reductive at best, and laughable at worst. This is, of course, underground rock's trio of pranksters -- unpredictable and capable of complete musical about-faces in the turn of a measure. That said, Houdini is about as close as one gets to a representative Melvins album, and it vividly captures the band's unreconstructed power, vision, and musical strangeness. During the early-'90s purge of hair rock and candy-footed funk metal, the Melvins, as with many other acts, seemed fair game for a major label in search of another post-Nirvana gold mine. With Kurt Cobain's assistance, the band was snatched up -- and summarily dropped (after three brilliant albums, this being the first) -- by Atlantic. Though Houdini's immediate predecessors, Eggnog and Bullhead, pried open a few screwball chasms in the Melvins' syrupy distillation of Sabbath riffage and Flipper's noisy anti-punk, it was this album that displayed the full fruition of the outfit's sonic breadth, from the cough-syrup river drag of "Night Goat" to the revved-up "Honey Bucket," and from the creepy "Joan of Arc" to the glue-damaged "Sky Pup." Ringleader King Buzzo's riffs are stretched -- taffy-like -- to meltdown, and at other times they are razor sharp. Either way, they abound with a lumbering, lurching power. With their voluminous output and determination to continuously expand their sound regardless of musical trends, the Melvins oeuvre has begun to rival -- at least on paper -- the career arcs of Frank Zappa and Neil Young. ~ Patrick Kennedy
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  • UPC: 075678253225
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