Saturday, May 11, 2013

(the) Melvins-Everybody Loves Sausages


"Everybody Loves Sausages", which I had hoped to cover awhile back, but in typical fashion my review is late coming, is a 13 track album of covers. Vocalist/guitarist Buzz Osborne explains in the promo's notes that "This record will give people a peak into the kind of things that influence us musically". Those influences apparently range from the likes of Roxy Music to Venom! With guest's stopping by to lend a helping hand (among the list is Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Jello Biafra) the band cuts through these various tracks like a skilled surgeon. Truly only (the) Melvins can cover Queen's "You're My Best Friend" and pull it off as equally as Throbbing Gristle's "Heathen Earth"! While the full list is below I really dug their take on The Kink's "Attitude" (featuring Clem Burke of Blondie), Venom's "Warhead" (featuring Scott Kelly of Neurosis), Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" (with Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis) and the Pop-O-Pies number "Timothy Leary Lives". Really the only number I didn't care for was their cover of David Bowie's "Station To Station". Overall a fun album and it's cool to see the roots of Buzz Osborne and company. I'm not quite sure if this will appeal to casual listeners or not, but fanatics, as well as love who dig cover albums, will certainly want to scoop this bad boy up!

The complete track listing with original artist and guest player notation:
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)
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)
8.  Carpe Diem (The Fugs)
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)
Heathen Earth (Throbbing Gristle)

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