The Ultimate Melvins Mixtape By Buzz Osborne

The Ultimate Melvins Mixtape By Buzz Osborne

The Ultimate Melvins Mixtape By Buzz Osborne

2016 is a good year to be a Melvins fan. First, their killer new album Basses Loaded is out now via Ipecac Recordings! Secondly, they're reissuing three of their classic records – Houdini (1993), Stoner Witch (1994) and Stag (1996) – on June 24 via Third Man Records. As if that wasn't enough, Melvins are also on tour in the UK between June 19 and 23! In light of all this Melvins-related action, we asked their charismatic frontman Buzz Osbourne to compile to The Ultimate Melvins Mixtape for your listening pleasure. Enjoy! WORDS: DAN SLESSOR

10. THE DECAY OF LYING

10. THE DECAY OF LYING

TAKEN FROM: BASSES LOADED (IPECAC, 2016) Buzz says: “This one kicks off our new album, and it’s not only a song that I thought was really good from the moment I wrote it I think it’s one of the best I’ve ever written. It’s a slower song and pretty sombre with it. We have six different bass players on that album – which is why it’s called Basses Loaded – and Stephen McDonald from Redd Kross is on this one.”

9. MAGIC PIG DETECTIVE

9. MAGIC PIG DETECTIVE

TAKEN FROM: STONER WITCH (ATLANTIC, 1994) Buzz says: “It has this really cool noise thing at the beginning that we made using a bunch of guitar effects, and there’s some weird vocal loops in there. You can’t actually tell they’re vocals though because we fucked them up so much to distort them, and it then kind of turns into this surf-y sounding song with a really cool guitar solo in it.”

8. LET IT ALL BE

8. LET IT ALL BE

TAKEN FROM: BOOTLICKER (IPECAC, 1999) Buzz says: “This one’s another slower song, and I always liked the lyrics in it, they’re really direct. Originally, the lyrics that are in the first half of the song were actually the last half, but then I moved those to the front and shit-canned everything else and rewrote it, which worked much better. We played it live for a long time, but haven’t for a while.”

7. SESAME STREET MEAT

7. SESAME STREET MEAT

TAKEN FROM: HOLD IT IN (IPECAC, 2014) Buzz says: “This is in a low tuning, and JD Pinkus [bass] and I wrote it together. This is my favourite song on Hold It In, it’s got something so good about it that I can’t put my finger on. It’s very odd and has a lot of space to it. JD wrote the lyrics, and he may or may not have been watching Sesame Street at the time.”

6. NIGHT GOAT

6. NIGHT GOAT

TAKEN FROM: HOUDINI (ATLANTIC, 1993) Buzz says: “I really like the bass riff on this one. It’s really simple and repetitive, and it just works completely. I actually wrote that when I was sitting in my bedroom in San Francisco, and I had been listening to a bunch of records – though I can’t remember what – and it just came to me. It’s not too complicated and just really drives the song.”

5.  OVEN

5. OVEN

TAKEN FROM: OZMA (BONER, 1989) Buzz says: “I wrote it not long after I moved to San Francisco and it’s in a really odd timing. I was really happy with the way it came out because it’s short and complicated and has a really cool middle part of just drums and vocals. The timing was kind of an accident, we were playing choppy parts and it just kind of came out that way.”

4. BORIS

4. BORIS

TAKEN FROM: BULLHEAD (BONER, 1991) Buzz says: “I wrote this one in a really odd, low tuning, and I came up with it in the garage of the house in San Francisco I wrote Night Goat in. I was hiding out in there with my guitar and a little amp, and I was upset about something, and I played for a long, long time. Out of about three hours playing that’s what I ended up with.”

3. MR RIP-OFF

3. MR RIP-OFF

TAKEN FROM: FREAK PUKE (IPECAC, 2012) Buzz says: “It’s a simple song with a really cool guitar solo and Trevor Dunn plays standup bass on it. It’s a really fun one, and the lyrics are about being in trouble, but not intentionally. It wasn’t inspired by anything specific though, I don’t write anything that direct because I like to leave room for interpretation. Even if you figured out exactly what it was about I wouldn’t tell you.”

2. EYE FLYS

2. EYE FLYS

TAKEN FROM: GOOEY PORCH TREATMENTS (ALCHEMY, 1987) Buzz says: “It’s the first song on the record we recorded in ’86, and it was a tough sell, not a lot of people were into that kind of shit at the time. We’re actually opening our sets with it on this tour, and it’s funny playing this song I wrote thirty years ago that still works – though it still seems to confuse a lot of people.”

1. amazon/AMAZON

1. amazon/AMAZON

TAKEN FROM: THE MAGGOT (IPECAC, 1999) Buzz says: “The first part’s fast and the second part is slower, and the second part is probably my favourite. It was meant to be one song, but we broke it up and often played it as two, and sometimes we would just play the second half. We don’t have a lot of rules when it comes to how we record things and how we play songs live.”

3. SNOWBLIND

3. SNOWBLIND

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