Houdini

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All Music Guide - Patrick Kennedy
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patrick Kennedy
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1993
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678253225
  • Catalog Number: 82532
  • Sales rank: 26,292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hooch (2:50)
  2. 2 Night Goat (4:41)
  3. 3 Lizzy (4:44)
  4. 4 Goin' Blind (4:32)
  5. 5 Honey Bucket (3:01)
  6. 6 Hag Me (7:06)
  7. 7 Set Me Straight (2:25)
  8. 8 Sky Pup (3:50)
  9. 9 Joan of Arc (3:36)
  10. 10 Teet (2:51)
  11. 11 Copache (2:07)
  12. 12 Pearl Bomb (2:45)
  13. 13 Spread Eagle Beagle (10:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Melvins Primary Artist
Al Smith Percussion
Dale Crover Drums, Vocals
King Buzzo Guitar, Vocals
Bill Bartell Bass
Kurt Cobain Guitar, Percussion
Billy Anderson Bass
Mike Supple Percussion
Lori "Lorax" Black Bass
Technical Credits
Melvins Composer, Producer, Engineer
Kurt Cobain Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Garth Richardson Producer
Billy Anderson Engineer
Jonathan Burnside Engineer
Valerie Wagner Art Direction
Barrett Jones Engineer
Frank Kozik Artwork, Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heavy, muddy stuff.

    Low riffs that got me totally hooked. I think these guys are pretty angry about something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    klirg

    Driving the tomb stone. Brick mason style, as in crushing your skull, heavy, heavy, heavy. Heavy is a good word. Also .... .we could say.........heavanos shitanos.

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    Posted June 20, 2010

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