(the) Melvins are a prolific rock/metal band originally formed in 1983 in Aberdeen, WA, relocating to San Francisco, CA in 1988, and eventually settling in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. The core members are Roger "Buzz" Osborne aka King Buzzo (guitar/lead vocals) and Dale Crover (drums/vocals and bass on some releases). Throughout their 30+ years career they have had a rotating cast of more than 10 bass players and have released more than 20 studio albums. Their current bassist is Steven McDonald. They perform under the name "Melvins Lite" with Trevor Dunn on stand-up bass and under the name "Melvins 1983" with Dale on bass instead of drums, in reference to the early incarnation of the band circa 1983 before Dale played the drums in the band. The name Melvins came from a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano where King Buzzo served as clerk and vandal. Melvin was the most hated fellow employee and they felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.

Former members:
. Mike Dillard – drums (1983–1984; 2008–2015, with Melvins 1983)
. Matt Lukin – bass guitar, vocals (1983–1987)
. Lori Black (Lorax (2)) – bass guitar (1987–1991, 1992–1993)
. Joe Preston – bass guitar, vocals (1991–1992)
. Mark Deutrom – bass guitar, guitars (1993–1998)
. Kevin Rutmanis – bass guitar (1998–2005)
. Trevor Dunn – bass guitar (2005, 2007, 2009; touring only); upright bass, vocals (2011–2015, with Melvins Lite)
. Jared Warren – bass guitar, vocals (2006–2015)
. Coady Willis – drums, vocals (2006–2015)
. Jeffrey Pinkus – bass guitar, vocals (2013–2018)

Touring members:
. Tom Flynn – bass guitar (1990)
. Dave Sahijdak – bass guitar (1993)
. Billy Anderson – bass guitar (1993)
. David Scott Stone – guitars (2000–2001), bass guitar (2004–2006)


none Melvins - The Melvins Demo album art The Melvins* The Melvins Demo(Cass, MiniAlbum) Not On Label (Melvins Self-released) none US 1985 Sell This Version
VM103 Melvins - Gluey Porch Treatments album art Melvins Gluey Porch Treatments (Album) Alchemy Records VM103 US 1987 Sell This Version
BR16-1, BR16 Melvins - Ozma album art Melvins Ozma (Album) Boner Records, Boner Records BR16-1, BR16 US 1989 Sell This Version
BR25, RTR 344.4126.1, TUP LP26 Melvins - Bullhead album art Melvins Bullhead (Album) Boner Records BR25, RTR 344.4126.1, TUP LP26 UK 1991 Sell This Version
YC-LS 012 Melvins - Your Choice Live Series album art Melvins Your Choice Live Series (Album) Your Choice Records YC-LS 012 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
BR35-2, TUP42-2 Melvins - Lysol album art Melvins Lysol (Album) Boner Records, Tupelo Recording Company, Tupelo Recording Company BR35-2, TUP42-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
7 82532-4, 82532-2 Melvins - Houdini album art Melvins Houdini (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 7 82532-4, 82532-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
none Melvins - Melvins album art Melvins Melvins(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Atlantic none US 1993 Sell This Version
82704-4 Melvins - Stoner Witch album art Melvins Stoner Witch (Album) Atlantic 82704-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
AMREP 031 Melvins - Prick album art Snivlem* Prick (Album) Amphetamine Reptile Records AMREP 031 US 1994 Sell This Version
PRCS-5988 Melvins - The Meat By-Products Sampler album art Samiam / Melvins Samiam / Melvins - The Meat By-Products Sampler(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Atlantic PRCS-5988 US 1994 Sell This Version
7567-82878-2 Melvins - Stag album art Melvins Stag (Album) Atlantic, Mammoth Records 7567-82878-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
AMREP 064 Melvins - Honky album art Melvins Honky (Album) Amphetamine Reptile Records AMREP 064 Australia & New Zealand 1997 Sell This Version
AM REP 072 Melvins - Alive At The F*cker Club album art Melvins Alive At The F*cker Club (Album, EP) Amphetamine Reptile Records AM REP 072 US 1998 Sell This Version
IPC-2 Melvins - The Maggot album art Melvins The Maggot (Album) Ipecac Recordings IPC-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
IPC-4 Melvins - The Bootlicker album art Melvins The Bootlicker (Album) Ipecac Recordings IPC-4 US 1999 Sell This Version
IPC-6 Melvins - The Crybaby album art Melvins The Crybaby (Album) Ipecac Recordings IPC-6 US 2000 Sell This Version
IPC-14 Melvins - Colossus Of Destiny album art Melvins Colossus Of Destiny (Album) Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings IPC-14 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
MR2003 A/B Melvins - Electroretard album art Melvins Electroretard (Album) Man's Ruin Records MR2003 A/B US 2001 Sell This Version
IPC-20 Melvins - Hostile Ambient Takeover album art Melvins Hostile Ambient Takeover (Album) Ipecac Recordings IPC-20 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
none Melvins - The End album art The Melvins* The End (Album) Enterruption none US 2004 Sell This Version
VIRUS 300, VIRUS300 Melvins - Never Breathe What You Can't See album art Jello Biafra With The Melvins* Jello Biafra With The Melvins* - Never Breathe What You Can't See (Album) Alternative Tentacles, Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 300, VIRUS300 US 2004 Sell This Version
IPC-54 Melvins - Pigs Of The Roman Empire album art Melvins + Lustmord Melvins + Lustmord - Pigs Of The Roman Empire (Album) Ipecac Recordings IPC-54 US 2004 Sell This Version
IPC63, IPC063 Melvins - Mangled Demos From 1983 album art Melvins Mangled Demos From 1983 (Album, Comp) Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings IPC63, IPC063 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
VIRUS 350 Melvins - Sieg Howdy! album art Jello Biafra With The Melvins* Jello Biafra With The Melvins* - Sieg Howdy! (Album) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 350 US 2005 Sell This Version

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August 15, 2021
Much of the Alternative Rock movement and the variations of the Metal genre that started in the 1990's can be sourced back to what Buzz, Dale, and whoever was on bass that month were doing. Starting off playing as a practical Heavy Metal version Black Flag to slowing things down to slugs pace to being almost Pop Metal nowadays and every once in a while just making weird noises for the hell of it. They were never going to make platinum records and sell out arenas around the world but frankly I wouldn't them to be like that. And something tells me neither would they want to be that way either. They go at their own pace, make the records they want to, enjoy the work they make, and have a dedicated cult fanbase that will always be there for them. Plus with all those limited releases you'll be busy for a while trying to complete their discography.
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