The Melvins career-spanning collection, Five Legged Dog, this Friday via Ipecac Recordings




The Melvins are set to release their most ambitious project yet: Five Legged Dog (pre-order:, a 36-song newly recorded, acoustic collection featuring a career-spanning collection of songs, tomorrow via Ipecac Recordings.

The trio have released a sampling of tracks from the 4LP/2CD release, most recently previewing the offering with a cover of The Rolling Stones’ classic, “Sway”. Previously unveiled songs from the collection include “Revolve”, “Pitfalls in Serving Warrants”, and “Night Goat”.

“I knew I wanted to do something ridiculously big,” explains Buzz Osborne of the band’s first ever acoustic offering. ”36 songs reimagined by us acoustically is certainly ridiculous but it works. The magic of the songs is still there regardless of it being acoustic. Since we weren’t touring we had the time to do something of this size. I’m very excited about this record. Dale and Steven did a fantastic job on this. I think it’s a very special record. I can’t think of anyone else who’s done something like this.”

Dale Crover added: “I think people will be surprised that we can do an acoustic version of a song like ‘Night Goat’ without losing any of the heaviness. We also worked hard on the vocal arrangements. People are going to freak out!”

Five Legged Dog also features acoustic versions of several rarities from the influential band’s overflowing discography including a cover of Redd Kross’ “Charlie” (from the limited-edition “Escape From LA” single), “Outside Chance,” a Turtles’ cover from the “Slithering Slaughter” single and new interpretations of Brainiac’s “Flypaper,” and Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talking” (popularised by Harry Nilsson).

The Melvins also recently announced their return to the road, joining Ministry for their upcoming “Industrial Strength Tour,” which kicks off on March 6 at Baltimore Soundstage.

Tour dates (all dates with Ministry):

March 6  Baltimore, MD  Baltimore Soundstage

March 8  Huntington, NY  The Paramount

March 9  Philadelphia, PA  Franklin Music Hall

March 12  Montclair, NJ  Wellmont Theater

March 15  Boston, MA  House of Blues

March 16  Buffalo, NY  Buffalo Riverworks

March 22  Atlanta, GA  Tabernacle

March 23  Orlando, FL  Hard Rock Live

March 26  Dallas, TX  Amplified Live

March 28  San Antonio, TX  Aztec Theater

March 29  Houston, TX  House of Blues

March 31  Chicago, IL  Riviera Theatre

April 1  Cleveland, OH  Agora Theatre

April 3  Detroit, MI  Royal Oak Music Hall

April 5  St. Paul, MN  Palace Theatre

April 9  Albuquerque, NM  Sunshine Theater

April 10  Denver, CO  Mission Mallroom

April 12  Phoenix, AZ  The Van Buren

April 13  Anaheim, CA  House of Blues

April 14  San Diego, CA  House of Blues

April 16  San Francisco, CA  The Warfield

April 18  Seattle, WA  Showbox SoDo

Five Legged Dog cover (artwork by Mackie Osborne)

Five Legged Dog track list (with original album/cover info):

  1. Edgar The Elephant (A Walk With Love & Death)
  2. Up The Dumper (The Bootlicker)
  3. Hung Bunny/Roman Dog Bird (Lysol)
  4. Hooch (Houdini)
  5. Billy Fish (Nude With Boots)
  6. Shevil (Stoner Witch)
  7. Charlie (Redd Kross cover from “Escape From LA” single)
  8. A Growing Disgust (Freak Puke)
  9. Eye Flys/Woman (Gluey Porch Treatments – “Woman” is a Free cover)
  10. Pitfalls In Serving Warrants (Honky)
  11. Outside Chance (The Turtles cover from “Slithering Slaughter” single)
  12. Evil New War God (The Bride Screamed Murder)
  13. The Bloated Pope (Pigs of the Roman Empire)
  14. Bad Move (from Dale Crover’s solo album, The Fickle Finger of Fate)
  15. With Teeth (Lysol)
  16. Halo of Flies (Alice Cooper cover from Sieg Howdy!)
  17. Oven (Ozma)
  18. Sway (Rolling Stones cover – previously unrecorded by The Melvins)
  19. Anaconda (Bullhead)
  20. Lovely Butterfly (Honky)
  21. Boris (Bullhead)
  22. It’s Shoved (Bullhead)
  23. Honey Bucket (Houdini)
  24. We Are Doomed (The Bulls & The Bees)
  25. Flypaper (Brainiac cover – previously unrecorded by The Melvins)
  26. Let God Be Your Gardener (Ozma)
  27. At The Stake (Stoner Witch)
  28. Night Goat (Houdini)
  29. Queen (Stoner Witch)
  30. Everybody’s Talking (Fred Neil cover – previously unrecorded by The Melvins)
  31. Revolve (Stoner Witch)
  32. Suicide In Progress (Nude With Boots)
  33. Prig (The Bootlicker)
  34. The Bit (Stag)
  35. Civilized Worm ((A) Senile Animal)
  36. Don’t Forget to Breathe (Pinkus Abortion Technician)

Five Legged Dog caps off what was a busy year, even by The Melvins’ standards. 2021 launched with the release of Working With God, a 13-track album featuring Osborne, Crover and original drummer, Mike Dillard. As the year continued, the LA-based outfit saw several of their essential albums reissued on vinyl: Gluey Porch TreatmentsHostile Ambient Takeover(A) Senile AnimalNude With Boots and The Bride Screamed Murder.

The Melvins are one of modern music’s most influential bands. Having formed in 1983 Montesano, Washington, the outfit founded by singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne (with stalwart drummer Dale Crover joining the following year), has been credited for merging the worlds of punk rock and heavy music into what became known as grunge.

Over the band’s nearly 40-year history, they’ve released over 30 original albums, numerous live full-lengths and far too many to count singles and rarities. They’ve partnered with Jello Biafra, Mudhoney, and Fantômas for individual releases and toured the world many times over. In fact, the band had the misfortune to be in both Christchurch and Tokyo for their 2011 earthquakes. In 2012 the band completed the “51 States in 51 Days” (50 states +DC) tour, which was chronicled in the film “Across The USA in 51 Days.” The Melvins are a continually shifting entity. Their current incarnation is the trio of  Osborne, Crover, and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross/OFF!). Previous line-ups include a pairing of Osborne and Crover with Big Business band members Jared Warren and Coady Willis, a four-piece featuring the current trio plus Butthole Surfers’ Jeff Pinkus, as well as Melvins Lite, which pairs Osborne and Crover with Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn. Sometimes, if you’re extra lucky, one incarnation of The Melvins open for The Melvins.

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