Two drummers and a lot of hair
February 5, 2016 10:03 AM   Subscribe

The Melvins-Big Business merger crushes the entire Houdini album live. Watch them play Night Goat and just try not to flip over your desk.

More sludgy goodness from the same show: Lysol and Eggnog.
posted by Existential Dread (23 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
The dream is to one day own a house in the country isolated enough from the rest of humanity that I can feel comfortable playing Houdini and Stoner Witch at the proper volume, which is basically a notch below Space Shuttle launch.
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:31 AM on February 5, 2016 [8 favorites]

So good. When it comes to live Melvins video, it's an embarrassment of richness out there. If we're talking double trouble drummer-- I'm partial to this version of A History of Bad Men.
posted by gwint at 10:41 AM on February 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

Atom - that's one of the primary drivers for my dream of owning a boat. True, sound carries further over water, but that's just my generous nature showing through.
posted by Devonian at 10:41 AM on February 5, 2016

This is fantastic. I came to the Melvins through what is now my favorite collaboration: Melvins+LUSTMORD, Pigs of the Roman Empire.
posted by boo_radley at 10:45 AM on February 5, 2016 [4 favorites]

Pigs of the Roman Empire


The Bloated Pope has been my phone's ringtone for years at this point. That's my all-time favorite Melvins track.
posted by Existential Dread at 10:48 AM on February 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

So I looked up the lyrics to Hooch the other day.

Did he really just sing gabbledegook for the whole thing or are they just fucking around with the transcription?
posted by Hoopo at 11:05 AM on February 5, 2016

I saw the Big Melvins Business Band play touring for... one of the albums they did with that lineup. So not the Houdini run-through but they did play Night Goat, the cover of Flipper's Sacrifice etc. Lemme tell you the Dead wasted the potential of two drummers.

Almost all Melvins lyrics are gobbledegook to one degree or another btw.
posted by atoxyl at 11:07 AM on February 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

Especially back then.
posted by atoxyl at 11:09 AM on February 5, 2016

Partial to the teri genderbender guest shot on this Rebel Girl. now that's a cover.
posted by mwhybark at 11:25 AM on February 5, 2016 [2 favorites]

My fave.
posted by josher71 at 11:27 AM on February 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, y'all.
posted by echocollate at 11:35 AM on February 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

back in my hometown of Richmond, VA, an expression used to describe heavy bands was that they would "knock your dick in the dirt." Melvins do that, all day long.
posted by gorbichov at 11:49 AM on February 5, 2016

I only ever saw them once, but it was quite a night: Melvins, then Tool, with GWAR headlining, in 1992.
posted by bgribble at 11:59 AM on February 5, 2016 [2 favorites]

echocollate stole my comment
posted by churl at 12:05 PM on February 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

Thank you for the links. This was the best thing that was ever posted to Metafilter.
posted by Otis at 12:31 PM on February 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

Melvins, then Tool

I saw the Melvins open for Tool a few times on the Aenima tour. At the Fresno show someone threw gum in Buzz's hair.

Tool fans suck.

Upcoming awesomeness: the Mike and the Melvins record.
posted by Existential Dread at 12:50 PM on February 5, 2016

Saw the Melvins with the Big Business lineup on the Bride Screamed Murder tour a few years ago in a small club in Birmingham. Closest thing I've ever had to a religious experience. Drums!
posted by Dysk at 5:26 PM on February 5, 2016

By far the loudest show I've ever been to, and that's saying something.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 5:33 PM on February 5, 2016

I saw King Buzzo at an Umami Burger in the Valley once. As he was leaving, the guy at the table next to us asked him about his 50 states tour, which they were about to do, and which he was excited about. I just screamed "we love you, man!" as he walked out the door. He looked pleased.
posted by teponaztli at 6:07 PM on February 5, 2016

Having never witnessed the Melvins before, it's like the acoustic version of the light of creation. My eyes and ears have been opened. But, I have to ask - is that Sideshow Bob up there?
posted by HannoverFist at 10:20 PM on February 5, 2016

That's King Buzzo, sirrah!
posted by mwhybark at 11:19 AM on February 6, 2016

Just put my boot through the drywall. Don't care!
posted by Divine_Wino at 11:51 AM on February 6, 2016

I had no idea about this merger thing, but the two-drummer thing is amazing. Are they going to be doing this indefinitely?

Also, whoa modern-day Buzz Melvin looks like modern-day Shane Embury!
posted by ignignokt at 3:01 PM on February 6, 2016

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