The Melvins have heavily influenced the world of grunge music since their formation in 1983, inspiring legends to come like Nirvana and Soundgarden, even reaching those outside of grunge like Tool and Corey Taylor of Slipknot.
The name Melvin was taken from a hated employee where Buzz Osborne (vocals & guitar) worked in the early 80s. Osborne, Matt Lukin (bass) and Mike Dillard (drums) all went to highschool together and began by covering Jimi Hendrix and Cream, before eventually releasing their first full length album ‘Gluey Porch Treatments’. Lukin left the group and Dale Crover joined, also playing drums for Nirvana on their 10-song demo in 1988.
After Nirvana saw widespread success, the Melvins were taken with them and they landed a deal with Atlantic Records as well as their first full major release ‘Houdini’. Their experimental style of music saw them start to release more music through Amphetamine Reptile Records and Ipecac Recordings, with a remarkable twenty-one studio albums in total.