Formed in the same corner of Washington as Nirvana, the Melvins weren’t the only bunch that Kurt Cobain deemed his favourite band, but he did at least have a vested interest. Dale Crover played drums on some Bleach demos, while frontman Buzz Osborne is generally credited with introducing Cobain to Dave Grohl.
Since then, the sludge-rockers have had a brief tenure with a major label and been trumpeted by people like Gene Simmons and Mike Patton. It hasn’t stopped them remaining a cult concern though, and this all-covers album isn’t likely to rope in new admirers.
A great version of The Fugs’ Carpe Diem aside, Everybody Loves Sausages feels like an in-joke that was never funny to begin with. Cue the yelpfest of Roxy’s In Every Dream Home A Heartache, with guest shouter Jello Biafra, and perfunctory runs at Queen, Ram Jam, Venom and a 10-minute Station To Station that really shouldn’t be let out at all.