Summing up the Melvins' contribution to rock and roll is a fool's errand at best. While the band introduced the world to a slow-plodding sludge later marketed as grunge, the sound's early pioneers moved from Washington to San Francisco well before the mega-hype hit the fan. And though former Melvins roadie Kurt Cobain once pined for a role in the outfit and sang its praises after achieving sainthood himself, his friend and mentor, Roger "Buzz" Osborne, along with mainstay drummer, Dale Crover (one of Nirvana's many timekeepers), gave marketing execs migraines from day one: The Melvins spoofed Kiss solo albums; they offered cockeyed covers of both Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with help from fallen teen idol Leif Garrett; they burned bridges with... More >>>
Hook 'em horns: Buzz Osborne (from left), Kevin
Rutamanis and Dale Crover are the Melvins. The goat
is their muse.