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by Chuck Eddy

May 6, 2013

Songs the Melvins Cover

by Chuck Eddy  |  May 6, 2013

The Melvins' 2013 album Everybody Loves Sausages, which consists entirely of cover versions, may well be the best album the band has ever made, at least partially for that reason. Basically, Seattle's eternal sasquatches teach a class on the weird world before grunge -- mid '60s to the early '80s, but mostly '70s. J.G. Thirlwell and Jello Biafra help rave up the space-glam in Bowie's thin white "Station to Station" and Roxy Music's inflatable "In Every Dream Home a Heartache"; Clem Burke and Halo of Flies' Tom Hazelmyer add punk push to The Jam's "Art School" (done as drunken Anti-Nowhere League oi!) and The Kinks' "Attitude." Etc.

The liner notes on the physical edition are entertaining, too: "We all love Venom. Rumor has it that these guys are all yoga instructors now." And, regarding the remake of Ram Jam's hit 1977 butt-rock remake of the public-domain folk blues "Black Betty": "We recorded this as part of a Super Bowl contest. We didn't win." So anyhow, listen to the album if you want. But maybe you should also listen to this playlist, which pits nine of the album's 13 tracks against original (or at least famous, in Ram Jam's case) versions. Then you can decide which songs the Melvins win.

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