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Ozma / Gluey Porch Treatments

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With Black in on bass and the band relocated to San Francisco, the Melvins started, in a subtle way, exploring and developing their already-trademark sound further. The genre-dipping and out-of-nowhere efforts of later years were still some distance off, to be sure, but moments like the vocal/drum-only part on "Oven" and the needle-thin feedback treatment punctuating "Revulsion/We Reach" (along with occasional chimes) show more chances already being taken. Osbourne's tribute to Ozzy reaches new heights throughout -- opening track "Vile" in particular blends that and the running Gene Simmons fascination into a twisted monster, insistent, unnerving, and threatening all at once. "Green Honey" is another great, one of the quicker songs (at least comparatively speaking) going off as a slightly echo-shrouded Osbourne fires off a few quick rambles. Crover once again is the band's not secret weapon, as the clattering start of "Agonizer" and the subtle but spot-on tempo shifts on "Claude" make clear. Black's bass playing is steady-as-it-goes enough not to get in the way of anything, and she and Crover make enough bedrock thump for Osbourne to let loose with both his pipes and his guitar. Whether it's the creepily calm start of "Let God Be Your Gardener," plucking rather than bulldozing forward for once, or the grinding do-not-pass-go attack of "Raise a Paw," Ozma is out for blood and gets it. Killer song titles this time out include "Ever Since My Accident" and "Cranky Messiah." The random what-the-hell moment is right at the end, though -- "Candy-O," a cover of the Cars song that shouldn't work but actually does the business. Also fun -- consider the lead-guitar melody of "Love Thing" and how it oddly resembles Pearl Jam's breakthrough hit "Alive" from a few years later. ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vile
  2. Oven
  3. At A Crawl
  4. Let God Be Your Gardner
  5. Creepy Smell
  6. Kool Legged
  7. Green Honey
  8. Agonizer
  9. Raise A Paw
  10. Love Thing
  11. Ever Since My Accident
  12. Revulsion/ We Reach
  13. Dead Dressed
  14. Cranky Messiah
  15. Claude
  16. My Small Percent Shows Most
  17. Candy-O
  18. Eye Flys
  19. Echo Head/ Don't Piece Me
  20. Heater Moves And Eyes
  21. Steve Instant Newman
  22. Influence Of Atmosphere
  23. Exact Paperbacks
  24. Happy Grey Or Black
  25. Leeech
  26. Glow God
  27. Big As A Moutain
  28. Heaviness Of The Load
  29. Flex With You
  30. Bitten Into Sympathy
  31. Gluey Porch Treatments
  32. Clipping Roses
  33. As Was It / Over From Under The Excrement


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Boner Records
  • ASIN: B000001BD7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Yes! These are the two albums that put Melvins on the global map. Uncompromising heaviness combined with mathematical autism, and embellished with Sir Buzz's poetry of sublime absurdity. This is not metal or punk. For those of you who know the language, this is more along the lines of Blast! or perhaps some of the better later-Black Flag - but far darker, and much, much slower. Gluey Porch Treatments is a black motor of an album (Victor Hayden where are you?), while Ozma a bit more straight ahead. While these albums are some of the most unflinchingly confrontational collections in the rock canon, make no mistake: these are important, landmark albums. Remeber: no Melvins = no Nirvana.
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If you want to get into the twisted sound that is the Melvins, then you should start with this magnificent 70+ minutes of pure rock'n'roll madness! The Ozma/Gluey Porch Treatments split album is truly a test to see if you are worthy of the title "Melvins fan". If you like this one you will probably like most of their early material such as Bullhead and Lysol. It's not easy getting into these two albums, but they grow on ya for every listen. The only crappy track is "Love Thing", but luckily that is a Kiss cover, so please don't discard the band yet! There's one more cover(a great one at that), which is Candy-O by the Cars.
The best song is probably Eye Flys, which is more than 6 minutes of prime sludge. Slow, repetitive and meandering, which is not a bad thing when talking about the Melvins! If I had to choose between one of the two albums I'd probably choose Gluey Porch Treatments because it has the best tracks: Eye Flys, Echohead/Don't Piece Me and Clipping Roses. But Ozma is almost as good with hardass songs like Creepy Smell, Oven and Dead Dressed.
The Melvins do everything they can to confuse the keen listener: Dale Crover is a drum god(the most creative IMO) and his beats are unpredictable and complex. The Melvins use strange time signatures and unconventional riffs, and Buzz snarling voice was even weirder back in the 80's compared to the also wonderful days of Houdini and Stoner Witch.
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Tracks 1-17 are Ozma, and 18 on are GPT. GPT is slower, scarier, and just plain better than Ozma, though both are outstanding. GPT is like a terrifying monster, while Ozma is its bride. Still, both are scary, and well worth the listen. This will eat Nirvana and Pearl Jam fans for breakfast! Yeah!!!!
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It is what it is. It's the Melvins. If you never heard them before you would probably be confused as to why people like them. But if you really listen to them you like them. I personally like most of there stuff, some of it goes nowhere fast. This is a good disc with two Melvins albums one one disc. If you never have heard them check out the major label releases like Houdini, Stag or Stoner Witch. These are the ones that most people start off with. That being said this is a good CD and a must listen.
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This album marks the start for one of the greatest bands to have ever formed. Of course, Melvins only has two core musicians: King Buzzo and Dale Crover. I've been a LONG time fan of these guys, even with the constant switch ups with the bassist. King B is a true phenom when it comes to playing the guitar, and Dale cannot, simply cannot, be beaten when it comes to pounding the skins. A lot of people either don't know about them or hate them. Those people are not on my contact list. I've seen these guys 6 times, and every show was different. The one thing I enjoy about their live performance is that they don't take breaks in between songs. The don't pause and ask, "How y'all doin?" The only words I heard Buzzo say was to some stupid teen who was way out of control and close to getting on stage. Buzzo stopped the show and let him know that he was committing a cardinal sin and that he would be killed for it. Then BAM! right back at it. So, if you want to get started collecting the 30+ albums, get this one first. This is the album that started Grunge, put that wimp Kurt Cobain in the spotlight, and continued to keep the grunge/sludge rock going up until King B died in April 2015. Get this album now!
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I must say having heard of these guys for years, it was about time I checked their music. And where better to start than their first 2 albums helpfully combined on this one disc. Note: Ozma is actually the band's 2nd album, and Gluey... the first.

This album(s) are not going to be to everyone's taste, very murky, sludgy punk-metal, in the vein of latter day Black Flag, with touches of Black Sabbath and St. Vitus. It is very hard to listen to at times as it is oppressively slow, but have patience and you will find it a very rewarding listen. I would highly reccomend it to anyone with an open mind.
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Don't come here looking for stuff that might sound like what others constitute as "grunge," for here you will find no remnants of Pearl Jam or their nine hundred counterparts. Melvins defined grunge, shaped it to better serve our planet in the form of heavy, beautiful nerve-grinding grooves of metal-on-metal and bone-on-pavement. Don't come here looking for something your trendy girlfriend will want to hear during foreplay-- all you'll find here are the two albums that defined rock, that defined grunge, that defined the northwest musical revolution. buy this album and you will hold more than just the best music in creation, you will hold history in your hands.
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