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Everybody despised Melvin. Among the staff of a Thriftway grocery store in the state of Washington he was the most-hated clerk and came to doubtful fame after Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne – who also worked there as a clerk – and his bandmates considered him to be ridiculous enough to have their band Melvins named after him. The story of the Melvins is a story of frazzling music genres and listening habits by regularly including the unexpected in their songs. Although sometimes classified as a metal- or hardcore punk band they often have far too less beats per minute to fit in these categories. Instead their two drumsets create a mantra-like, pounding intensity supported by agitating guitars and bass and the sometimes very melodic singing of all four band members. In their 25-year-long history the often-changing four piece band around Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover has left a huge mark in the alternative music scene. They heavily influenced countless bands and even have Nike SB Dunk shoes named and designed by them. “The Melvins are strange people”, said a musician from a band we recently filmed with an admiring grin. Strange enough to pull out the national anthem of the United States in an acappella version for us. “We know the perfect song for this”, Buzz smirked before they started.

  • Posted: June 15, 2008
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner