Melvins - Everybody Loves Sausages
, essentially the US equivalent of The Fall. Utterly unconcerned by fashion, a brief flirtation with the mainstream, every album welcomed by a small - but hardcore - fanbase who've stayed with them since 1987's Gluey Porch Treatments. For their 20th studio album, Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover are joined by some guest artistes to pay tribute, in true Melvins style, to "...the kind of things that influence us musically." Some of the track choices seem obvious (Venom, The Fugs, Throbbing Gristle), others less so (The Kinks) but it's a fun collection, even on more lighthearted attempts, such as their version of Queen's 'You're My Best Friend' with Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird on vocals, or their Oi! take on The Jam.
Fans will probably get most from those numbers that undergo the most substantial Melvinsisation. JG Thirwell joins them for Bowie's 'Station To Station' that has Crover's jackhammer drums pulling out the track's inherent industrial qualities, before the extended coda just rocks out with a huge smile on its face - old pros just having fun and kicking ass. The lo-fi blues of Divine's 'Female Trouble' (the theme from the John Waters movie of the same name) is an acknowledgement of the band's trash aesthetic, while the project's highlight may be the version of Roxy Music's 'In Every Dream Home A Heartache' with long-time collaborator Jello Biafra that just captures Osbourne and Crover's whipsmart take on sinister blue collar punk metal. Melvins: still fryin' high.