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101. The Best of Silverchair, Vol. 1
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5-0 out of 5 stars The B-Sides Are Great
First off the greatest hits, while there are many more songs that I feel should be represented the ones that are there are certainly worthy. Now, the reason most Chair fans would buy this is for disc two with all the b-sides. This is where this collection truly shines because the b-sides really are great. All of them have been available before but now you don't have to buy every single and soundtrack for 1 song and then keep changing them. The highlight is surely the song New Race. This song is a great rocker that ranks up there with silverchair's best and I can't imagine why it was left off the Freak Show CD. Also the song "untitled" from the Godzilla soundtrack is a great spacey song that is very fun to sing too. Also great are Trash which was left off of Neon Ballroom because it's distorted guitars and screaming didn't fit in with the rest of the album (yes even more gritty than Spawn Again and Satin Sheets), and Punk Song #2 which is self-expanatory and hauls major gluteus maximus. This is definately essential if you are new to silverchair and also if you already have all the albums.

4-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits?
Well I'm really not sure why Silverchair has released a greatest hits album, especially considering that they have only 3 Albums. However, I am glad they did. Because I don't have any of their albums but I have always liked their hits. And I believe if you don't have any of their albums, this greatest hits album is a good way to get all of their good songs, plus some good b-sides with out buying any of their albums. I must say that their cover of Black Flag's "Wasted/Fix Me" is very good and so is their punk rock b-sides that they have done. I was also pleased to see that they put "Untitled" on this album. Which is the song that was on the Godzilla soundtrack.

I wouldn't exactly call this album a greatest hits album because there are more re-mixes and rare b-sides on this album than there are hits. However, I do think that it is a good album and I highly recommend it to the people that like their music but don't own any of their albums.

3-0 out of 5 stars Unclear Picture Of Silverchair's 3 album run for Murmur
This CD is all over the place, most best of's begin at the first hit/single then progress on to the newer stuff so you can hear the growth of a band, not only is this missing "Shade" (released as a single) it has Emotion Sickness on it sure its not a bad song but i don't ever recall it being a single, also this contains the album version of Tomorrow from Frogstomp, the original Tomorrow that was a hit can be found on the Tomorrow EP same goes for Anthem For The Year 2000 (the single mix is found on the Anthem For The Year 2000 Single, that is the version of the song that was the hit not the album version).
If your new to Silverchair however and want to get into them this would be a good starting point before you progress onto the 2002 era music.

4-0 out of 5 stars The hits, and more.
This is pretty much your basic best of, plus a bunch of b-sides, etc. The big hits "Tomorrow", "Freak", and "Anthem for the Year 2000" are all here, as well as "Israel's Son", "Abuse Me", and "Ana's Song". At this point, they only had three albums to draw from, but I know two-album bands with collections out. With the addition of many b-sides, this is as lengthy, as it is good. I'm sure this will go nicely with your other grunge/punk/rock cd's. If they gave out medals for "best of's", this band should get the "silver".

1-0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointing!!!
I dont know why I bought this cd. Silverchair (is bad)!!!
I thought they were more original. Their just another Nirvana wannabe band. For example the song (Abuse me) Has the same name as Nirvanas (Rape me) And the music is very draining to listen too.
Dont waste your money or your time on anything this band has made, and just forget about them!!!

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102. 26 Songs
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These tracks were all recorded in 1986, live to two trackby the original Melvins line-up. Formerly released as 10Songs, now with new art work, this collection contains some alternate recordings & garage demos. Ipecac Recordings.2003. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great example of what the Melvins do best
The 10 Songs album has been one of my favorite Melvins recordings for a long time. It contains some very good versions of the Gluey Porch Treatments songs as well as some real gems like Snake Appeal and Grinding Process. It also gives the listener a good idea of how huge and dense the Melvins live sound really is. This album was recorded live to 2 track, but these 3 guys still manage to sound like at least 5 people.

The original 10 Songs album is the main attraction, but the bonus material has some great moments as well. The last version of Grinding Process is extremely cool in a punk kind of way and the other alternate takes have some good alternate rhythms and guitar parts. The version of Set Me Straight is much better than the one on Houdini. All in all, it's a fantastic album for anybody that likes the early Melvins sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHAT METAL SHOULD BE
The Melvins are the cornerstone of what heavy metal is today, they should be given the same respect as Kiss and Black Sabbath. Here is by far their best album ever recorded in a rerelease version, as many bands best album is their first! 26 Songs is a classic from a classic metal band that always has been and always will be one of my favorites! Long live this band!

3-0 out of 5 stars All Hail the Melvins!!!!!!!!!!!
Melvins - 26 Songs is a re-release of the 1986 freshmen release from the great not yet late MELVINS! Also included are 16 demos and unreleased tracks including a nice demo of "set me straight". Most of the demos are in fact demos of the aforemetioned "10 songs", but there are a few never before heard anthems of grind. A must have for those unable to find the elusive 10 songs original release, otherwise you would probably have to be a hardcore Melvins fan (like me) to enjoy this one. I still cant believe how long I have been listening to this band. Here's to longevity!

5-0 out of 5 stars Where Sludge Was Born
10 Songs is where it all began. The very first CD by the original purveyors of sludge, a re-release of this out of print gem has been long overdue, but luckily for us, fellow visionary Mike Patton has finally provided the almighty Melvins with a suitable home to begin digging through their back catalogue. Considering it was recorded all the way back in 1986 to a standard 2 track analog recorder, no mixing involved, 10 Songs has dated incredibly well. The CD sounds as formidably loud and dauntingly heavy as it did the day it was released, a messy collage of punk ferocity and metallic dirges that feels like it was spawned on another planet. Still unlike anything on today's music scene, or even anything preceding today's music scene, this single EP introduced the idea that slower could be heavier, countering the accepted punk rock philosophies of speed-core and establishing a brand new genre of music. Cranking the volume up, slowing the tempos down, and converting the vocals to a guttural drone, 10 Songs went against the grain in every way, giving a stiff middle finger to the Punk Rock status quo, and even after all these years, it's still obvious that The Melvins couldn't have been more right. Case in point, the earlier demos (tracks 20-25) which hint at a far more punky Melvins ensemble easily pale in comparison to the atmospheric bludgeoning of the songs final renditions. Furthermore, brilliant moments like the powerhouse drumming of "At a Crawl" or the disorienting chaos of "Show of Your Red Hands" instantly certify the validity of The Melvins musical crusade regardless of what sounds came before it.

While the actual album is certainly the real highlight here, the new demos and outtakes featured on 26 songs are a nice addition. Providing a very interesting glimpse into the pre-studio life of The Melvins, the demo material will still probably only appeal to true diehards, but if you are intrigued by the idea of tracing the bands roots from their days of a million miles per hour punk to their pinnacle of unique metallic forte, which I definitely was, then 26 songs is where to start. Just like the re-release of Gluey Porch Treatments in 2000, 26 songs is undoubtedly a worthwhile addition to the Melvins collection and thanks to the level of commitment by not only the Melvins but the admirable Ipecac Records, fans are finally able to get their hands on this wonderful EP without being forced to spend hours on various online auction sites. ... Read more


103. Hungry for Stink
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The L.A. quartet was already way up in the grrl pantheon when this disc put them over the top. "Hungry for Stink" delivers a primitive, sludgy, and pissed-off sound, but listen closer for the sonic invention on tracks like "Shirley, She Has Eyes" and "Riding With the Movie Star." --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I'm hungry for "Hungry For Stink".
Though the previous album "Bricks Are Heavy" is their most popular, this is the one I like the most. All their albums are actually pretty similar, but this one is the "Bomb". It immediately starts off with the rockin' and aggressive "Andres", then cools off a bit with the next few tracks. "Riding With A Movie Star" is the next great song, then "Fuel My Fire" and "She Has Eyes" are excellent as well. The last track "Talk Box" is a slower grinding tune, and a great way to end the disc. It doesn't matter that this album was done by all women, it's still one of the best grunge/punk albums I've ever heard. Where are they now?

5-0 out of 5 stars rocks my socks
I hear people say that L7 are on their top five of girl bands. I have to disagree with them, they are the best girl band not to mention one of the best grunge bands of all time. Its rare to see such sincerity and fury in any kind of music from the last twelve years but L7 has found it. songs like "bomb", and "riding with a moive star" never fail to make me estatic, or maybe put my hand through a wall. Either way One must realize just how different this band is. It's so refreshing to see one female artist, let alone a group, not cater to the mainstream. To not show cleavage, to not look pretty. And as we all very well know L7 are not very pretty ladies. "Plastic peopeple, in their plastic lives, plastic t*ts telling plastic lies" Yes!!!!!!!!!!! buy the album

5-0 out of 5 stars Questioning my sanity
It is amazing how much music can change in ten years. Ten years ago 'grunge' music was huge. I was heavily into the counter culture of the time which was basically part of the grunge movement. One of my favorite bands then was L7. "Bricks Are Heavy" was my introduction to them and really blew me away with the thick, heavy distorted guitars. L7 was no cutesy pop/rock band like Lilix is today. They didn't try to pretend to be something they aren't like Avril Lavigne. The women of L7 may not have been the first group of women to start their own band but they certainly one of many who didn't hold back and proved to everyone that rock music has no boundaries to either gender. After the seminal masterpiece "Bricks Are Heavy", I was excited to hear their follow up. The day after I saw the band at the '94 Lollapalooza concert, I bought their album "Hungry For Stink". I have to admit, I was disappointed slightly in "Hungry For Stink" after my standards were set up so high with "Bricks Are Heavy". Still "Hungry For Stink" in general is a really solid rock album. L7 proved that they still have the ability to churn out a really heavy rock song yet with a pop sensibility melody-wise. I love the heavy, grinding sounds of "Andre" which was the first single off the cd. My personal favorite songs has to be "Can I Run" with its highly addictive melody. "The Bomb" which reminded me quite a bit like "Everglade" with its fast-paced guitars and vocals. Donita Sparks really rips vocally on this song. If I can remember correctly, the band played this live at Lollapalooza and I actually got into the mosh pit for the song. Another great song from this vastly underrated album is "Stuck Here Again", my personal anthem. Although it is no "Bricks Are Heavy", "Hungry For Stink" was certainly no failure by all means. I wish more female artists were as daring as the women in L7 were, especially like Donita Sparks (i.e the infamous tampon incident at England's Reading festival).

4-0 out of 5 stars Rattlesnake Rock
The agressive onslaught of his album takes some getting used to, but once you let the menacing guitars grab hold of your soul, you're hooked. The slithering, snaking guitar on Riding With A Movie Star is brilliant, as is the heavy industrial grind of Talk Box. Can I Run is a rant about the fear of assault in Los Angeles and Andres is a perfect slab of punk pop. Shirley, the tribute to drag racer Shirley Muldowny has interesting samples built into the mix. Other great tracks include Stuck In Here and Question My Sanity. Hungry For Stink is rude, rowdy and aggressive, a prime example of early 9os post-punk hard rock.

4-0 out of 5 stars Run Out And Buy This CD, All The Cool People Are Doing It
Aghhhhh, this CD is fabulous! I love L7 and you should too. A lot of people find they take a little while to get used to, I'm not sure why but just keep listening and I'm sure you will love this CD too. L7 is a great all-chick combination of punk, metal, and noise, and they have lots of great ATTITUDE that makes me happy and will do you good, whether you're a guy or a gal. "The Bomb" and "Shirley" are the best songs, and "Can I Run", and...oh i love this CD!! Go out and buy it today! I may have even given it 5 stars but I don't give any CD five stars! ... Read more


104. DGC Rarities, Vol. 1
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4-0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought the CD
Like many others, I bought this for the Nirvana song "Pay to Play". I didn't know about Weezer's "Jamie" or the Counting Crows' "Einstein on the Beach", both of which are great songs.

But in addition to the songs of big name artists like Nirvana, Hole, Sonic Youth, they have some good songs by little-known artists. "Wild Goose Chasing" by St. Johnny grew on me after listening it a few times (anybody know if I can get an album of St. Johnny??) & "Mad Dog 20/20" by Teenage Fan Club and "Open Every Window" by the Posies are also worth checking out.

BTW, if you like Weezer's "Jamie", check out the cover of this song by Dashboard Confessional.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just sneaks a 3 but it's wildly uneven...
Fan's of Teenage Fanclub and Sonic Youth will like their slight contributions (I'm a fan!..These are "small" songs but they are alright.)and Nirvana fans can hear "Pay To Play" in a higher quality version than those available on bootlegs. The Weezer song is quite good though...nice fuzz pop thing. Maybe one of their best. As for Counting Crows....dude pass me whatever you guys are smoking. This song sounds like Bob Seeger (esp. during the last part) and is as over rated as the group has always been. This is more interesting than most of their stuff but that's not saying much.(p.s-get rid of that nappy hair do man..it's 2002 not 1992...)Beck,The Posies and Sloan add decent tunes and the Sundays jangle pop is listenable...

5-0 out of 5 stars i'm usually disappointed with compilations
but this one rocks! Some great tracks here that are not released anywhere else. This compilations has been one of my mainstays for mix tape tracks since it was released. Tracks 2 - 5 are all fantastic; like unheard "singles".

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation
What can I say?

Let's start off with Nirvana, Hole and Weezer. This CD contains songs by these bands that shake the world of music to it's very foundation. If you add in songs from the other bands that are suprisingly great, you have a wonderful purchase.

The Counting Crows' Einstein on the Beach is one of their best songs. Worth the price of the CD itself. I actually bought 2 copies of this CD. I don't know why. Maybe because if something happened to my first one, I'd be lost.

Mad Dog 20/20 is another stand out on this CD. Just purchase it and you will find yourself writing the same type of review for it. Great stuff and essential to any collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good sampling of some obscure, early 90's alternative music
Like many others, I bought this because of the Counting Crows single, but there are many good tracks on this CD. "The Allegory" was a surprisingly good song. ... Read more


105. Earth 2
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5-0 out of 5 stars a minimal masterpiece
The riffing on the first track aside, Earth 2 bears little relation to rock music as we currently know it. To put it simply, if you're looking for something that "rocks", you should probably pass this album up. However, if you're willing to immerse yourself in Earth's massive soundscapes and have the patience to listen to the album unfold from fairly standard Sabbath-esque metallic riffing ('Seven Angels'), to increasingly abstracted riffs ('Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine'), and finally to a heavy sustained drone with only microtonal variations and incredibly sparse percussion ('Like Gold And Faceted'), then you will find few albums quite as rewarding to listen to as this one. Set aside some time, turn up the stereo, put Earth 2 on, and immerse yourself in this mammoth of a record.

5-0 out of 5 stars probably my favorite album ever
the album is three songs, full length. there are probably 3 riffs or so on the whole album. some may think: 'that's stupid it's probably boring' and to them, it probably would be. so why do i like it so much? for one, it's quite possibly the heaviest 'music' i've ever heard. 2- the sounds on the disc are incredibly hypnotic. 3- after listening to this record for any period of time i really feel cleansed in some way. it helps to clear my head. listening to it allows me to filter out everything else and just relax. it's like therapy, i can think of no other albums that have this effect on me. some come close, but they clutter up the equation with unnecessary sounds like vocals, drums, or hooks, or too many sounds in general. earth keeps it real simple with just guitar, bass, and minor percussion on the last track. this album is like the most pleasantly sedated state you could be in put to tape. listen to the samples, the songs are like that with occasionaly tempo changes from slow to earth-like speed only 20 minutes longer. i'd recommend the album to anyone who enjoys sounds as much as they enjoy music.

4-0 out of 5 stars A landmark album, but....
For all the attention Southern Lord Records has received as of late, whether for Dave Grohl's metal gimmick band Probot or for any of Stephen O'Malley's side projects (particularly Sunn0))) or Teeth of Lions Rules the Divine), this album has earned its place in doom/drone history as a milestone.

Despite Stephen O'Malley's blatant Earth-worship power drone band Sunn0)))'s enormous success (particularly for the style of music they are playing), this style of doom in particular is fairly limited in its sonic palettes and as such tends to wear on my ears a bit quickly. This is not to say that I do not enjoy this album (because hell, I wouldn't waste my time writing the review), but I would more accurately say that a little bit goes a long way. This stuff is hypnotic. This stuff is droney. This stuff is a bit unnerving if you listen to it too closely. But as effective as their approach is, Earth's stylistic leanings have pretty much been perfected and repeated so many times over now that it's almost tiresome to listen to Earth 2, even with the knowledge that they are the essential progenitors of the power drone/ambient/doom genre that has taken off as of late.

If you are a fan of Sunn0))) and aren't familiar with this band, you should be ashamed. On the other hand, if you're unfamiliar with both groups, grab a beer, turn the lights off, kick back, and space out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pneumonic
Only very few in the world have heard and enjoyed this album. .i am one of them. Multi layered Sabbathesque guitar riffs and low end feedback conjure a mood of absolute relaxation. I now like this more than Pentastar. Teeth of lions rule the divine is the best track on the album. are there any earth fans out there? check my earth page ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible, heavy album
If you can appreciate the awesome subtlety of slowly changing rhythms and melodies, you will enjoy this album. Listen to it some night when you have a splitting migraine or nervous tension. I listen to it in my car while sitting in traffic. Road rage just seems to melt away. Turn off the lights, turn up the volume, close your eyes, and listen. You will be quite relaxed afterwards. ... Read more


106. Pretty on the Inside
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5-0 out of 5 stars Debut
Although Hole would eventually score major hits with more pop-accessible material (1994's LIVE THROUGH THIS and 1998's CELEBRITY SKIN), the band's early work, such as its 1991 debut, PRETTY ON THE INSIDE, was more raw and punk- and hardcore-based. Along with L7, Babes in Toyland, and Bikini Kill, Hole was part of the early-'90s "riot grrrl" movement, which merged abrasive music with feminist lyrics and served as a much-needed antidote to the party-hearty late-'80s glam metal scene. Co-produced by Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon and alternative knob twirler Don Fleming, PRETTY ON THE INSIDE was a venomous and cacophonous debut.

Although Courtney Love would eventually pen some of alternative rock's best-known songs of the '90s ("Doll Parts," "Celebrity Skin," etc.), she was still honing her craft on PRETTY ON THE INSIDE. Songs such as "Teenage Whore"were snarling confrontational rants, while such other frenzy-filled compositions as "Garbage Man," "Good Sister/Bad Sister," and the title track easily kept the rage at a boiling point. PRETTY ON THE INSIDE would be the one and only album to feature Hole's original lineup, which consisted of Love on vocals/guitar, Eric Erlandson on guitar, Jill Emery on bass, and Caroline Rue on drums.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best albums of the 90's
I wasn't even a teenager when this came out;I was only 8 years old.But when I was 15,and I listened to this album,I was hooked.Sure,it took a few listens,since at first it comes across as really messed up and kinda disillusions you.But when I really got into it,I listened to it obsessively.Now,six years later,I'm married,in my 20s,have expanded my music interests,and this CD is still one I pop in when I'm in a real punk rock mood,which is often.I absolutely love this;the first Hole record I bought was "Celebrity Skin," and then I got "Live Through This," which was MUCH more hard and agressive.I thought things couldn't get any better,until I got Pretty On the Inside.I like every single song on the album,my favorites being "Teenage Whore," "Garbadge Man," "Berry," "Loaded," and "Pretty on the Inside/Clouds". Courtney's seductive,sexy drawl and howl just make this an addictive record.She can convey such charm,sex-appeal,and raw emotion that it makes you want to possess her being,her soul,and take time out of your ordinary life and become her for a mere 15 seconds.I was so young back when this all was happening,but when I pop in POTI,I feel as if I was there,too.I can feel the nostalgia for a scene that I never even experienced.Hole has a way of transporting you in time;Hole has invented the time machine.I also recommend buying "Ask For It,"a b-side cd with 6 songs on it,that were recorded from 1990-1992.You will not regret giving POTI a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars look into the bloodroot
this album is so dark and heavy and ugly nothing will ever touch it again.

when something makes you uncomfortable, you have to explore it or your not a real artist. if you were molested, dont you wonder what makes a grown man want to have that power? this album reclaims and explores all those dirty feelings that are so personal we could never know what they mean to the writer. and its done with such passion that its complete. thats why hole changed so much and why courtney love is so great. wherever she is, thats where she is. and when its done shes gone.

this album is beautiful because it makes you feel as ugly as you know the people who made it feel. the comparisons to teenage jesus? please. this is an original masterwork.

4-0 out of 5 stars Is she pretty on the inside? Is she pretty from the back?
The CD cover is eyecatching and the music is intense. It actually sounds the way you might expect a debut to sound like. Sloppy, raw, unorganized, yet containing a couple of really good songs. Some are hits, some are misses, but overall it's a good album. I admit it took me a while to enjoy it, but now I'm hooked on it. My favorite Hole album is still 'Live Through This' but I really like this one a lot too. My favorite songs are 'Garbage Man', 'Starberry' (which has sample clips of 'Rhiannon' and 'Best Sunday Dress'), 'Pretty On The Inside/Clouds', 'Teenage Whore', 'Berry', and 'Sassy'. There was something special about female fronted rock bands like Hole. They were no cutesy pop/rock like Lillix or Avril Lavigne (puke). They weren't concerned about image (although some may argue that during their Celebrity Skin period). They were real. Courtney Love is loud, obnoxious, and grabs at your emotions. Strap in tight, and prepare for the rollarcoaster ride that 'Pretty On The Inside' is.

1-0 out of 5 stars HOLE'S 1ST ALBUM REALLY REALLY REALLY SUCKS
THIS IS YET ANOTHER BAD CD THAT HOLE DID EARLIER IN THEIR CAREER.
NOW, AGAIN, I'M A FAN OF HOLE, BUT ONCE AGAIN, THIS STUFF THAT THEY CALL SONGS ARE GARBAGE. I LOVE GRUNGE A LOT, BUT THIS IS GRUNGE MUSIC AT ITS WORST. DIEHARD HOLE FANS WILL LOVE IT. BUT, I'D ADVISE YOU TO FORGET ABOUT THIS CD AND BUY ''LIVE THROUGH THIS'' OR ''CELEBRITY SKIN''. ... Read more


107. Bivouac
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Trumpeted by Spin as one of the 'top 10 emo records of alltime.' This classic will find a place on the CD shelf ofanyone who ever called Rites of Spring, Fugazi or Hot Water Music their favorite band. (Tupelo Recording Company) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best Jawbreaker album
Bivouac is perhaps the best Jawbreaker album, and that coming from a band that has not had a less- than-great album. Definitely worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect
I bought this out of Blake's hand at a random show my friend recommended in 1992. To this day it might be the best $7 I've ever spent as far as the number of hours of pleasure I got out of it.

From the opening track "Shield Your Eyes" containing the primal growl in Blake's voice, the fast chord based guitar that is a Jawbreaker staple, well above average drum work by Adam that almost but not quite overshadows Chris' bass work (catch the odd key change near the end of "Shield...") this is track by track one of the finest punk albums. Sure Blake later wrote a song claiming not to be punk, but you can't tell from this one. "Face Down" and "Like a Secret" are also great tracks. "Chesterfield King" probably the best drum work. The title track which became the closing song of nearly every Jawbreaker set closes the disc in a classic, imploding, punk-feedback, aural assault.

What's now considered Emoticor (emo) probably never would have reached the radio status of today without Jawbreaker getting signed to Geffen. Unfortanately, this also caused a great band's end.

This is on my imaginary "10 on a desert island list."

5-0 out of 5 stars Bivouac!
This is a great cd from start to finish and has to be my favourite album by the band along with Dear you!. The album kicks off with one of Jawbreakers first ever songs they recorded previously which is shield your eyes and is a great opener. My fav tracks are sleep, parabola and Bivouac with chesterfield king been another ok track. Well just buy it if you've got the cash you wont be dissapointed unless your an apathy ridden sea clam... hate to pass judgment though....

5-0 out of 5 stars klassik
classic cd. i can see why they are liked so much by real music fans

5-0 out of 5 stars Bivouac Takes No Prisoners
Bivouac would be on my desert island disc list even if the drummer were not my son. This album has as much energy, wit, verve, power and love and alienation and depression and insight as any I've ever heard except, perhaps, Jawbreaker's other efforts. What a band ought to be and this record is about that as well. Honesty, honest. ... Read more


108. Hell Comes to Your House, Vol. 1
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic!
I first bought this on an LP in about 1982, when I was 12 years old, at 'Zeds Records' in the middle of long beach, along with a 45 featuring 'Modern Warfare'. I have no idea what happened to my album, but still have the 'Modern Warfare' single. While playing this CD I realised the original album contained songs by 'Bad Religion', or am I mistaken? The music on this CD is absolutely great, and I was completely stoked to stumble upon this great, unique relic, as I had forgotten this album existed. I have many memories that come up listening to it, like getting arrested at an old 'Alpha Beta' grocery store off Redondo street in Long Beach, shoplifting liquor, to drink while watching 'Secret Hate' play a backyard party. Anyways, my opinion boils down to this: The bands on this CD are fantastic, unique, buy it, you will not be dissapointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD & here's why
I found this LP by accident (central indiana no less)circa 1981. I could not believe it was on CD. WOW. I wonder what is next.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great early 80's LA punk comp!
Hell Comes to Your House is a solid compilation of early 80's LA punk at a time when the scene was taking a darker turn. Tunes by 45 Grave, Christian Death, 100 Flowers and the Super Heroines are mostly in this vein, with a theatrical approach to the macabre that spans from the slow and creepy (Christian Death, with Rikk Agnew from the Adolescents on guitar) to demented ranting (Super Heroines, who frankly never did it for me). I especially like the 45 Grave stuff, with their crisp and powerful punk-metal sound and tongue in cheek horror-show attitude. The rest of the album is more straightforward hard edged punk, but's it pretty much all high-quality stuff. Social Distortion has two great early songs here, one of which (Lewd Boy) isn't available anywhere else so far as I know. Secret Hate and the Conservatives turn out some agressive high energy punk that leans toward the emerging hardcore scene. Legal Weapon, a promising band that never quite made it, has a pretty cool tune with a fuller, more produced metallic rock and roll guitar sound. For odds and ends the song by Rhino 39 has some really fun off-kilter riffing that offsets its punk agression in an enjoyably weird way, and a very young Red Cross (before they were forced to change their name spelling) turn in a respectably sloppy cover of the Dolls, presaging their later turn toward 70's glam metal. For years this album was out of print and impossible to find (and worth a fair amount for the Social Distortion tunes), so it's great that it's now on CD. And if you like this, hope for a re-issue of volume 2, which focuses on the "cow punk" and emergent glam scene in LA in the early '80's. ... Read more


109. The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum
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Still getting a visceral kick from the simple thrill of hearing their own amplified voices on tape, the members of L7 kick off their fifth album with a mike check-"Yo! Hello! Hey!"-followed by two ear-shattering screams. The Los Angeles quartet has always had a hard time being heard for exactly what they are: a great punk-metal band, as opposed to a great female punk-metal band. But the group doesn't waste any more time making that point on The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum than it has on its previous four albums, choosing instead to get right to the business of making your eardrums ring.L7 suffered a key defection before this album when bassist/vocalist Jennifer Finch quit, frustrated perhaps by a decade of hard touring that has won a cult following and not much more. But guitarists/vocalists Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner rose to the occasion with producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, the Muffs). They tip the balance a bit more toward the metal end of the spectrum in terms of stomping rhythms and slower tempos (though not extraneous guitar solos), while excluding none of their usual so-stupid-they're-brilliant Ramones-style hooks. The subject matter will be familiar to fans: Sparks and Gardner bitch about loser boyfriends and other "Bad Things," celebrate their status as bad girls by jumping "Off the Wagon," show their romantic streak on the touching '50s-style "Moonshine," and paraphrase the voracious Iggy Poo on "I Need" and "Must Have More." Sadly neglected in a pop landscape dominated by lightweights like Alanis Morrisette and Sheryl Crow, L7 can be forgiven for being bitter and questioning the IQ of the populace at large with a song called "The Masses Are Asses," especially because the moment is a fleeting one. Ultimately, the band is about partying hard and rocking yourself silly, and it's your loss if you decline their invitation. Jim Derogatis ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "Must Have More" L7.
I gotta say, I thought the 3 albums before this were so great, they couldn't do it again. I was wrong. This disc is just as good as the ones before it, and probably most like "Hungry For Stink". Almost every track is sweet, and typical "L7", so I won't list them off. The rocking and subject matter are what you would expect from them. What I'm most amazed at, is how much these chicks rock, yet they never got more popular than they did in the "Bricks Are Heavy" era. But I guess they said it best, the "Masses Are Asses". Maybe they'll release a collection soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fall to your knees and worship L7!
I have to admit that when I first bought this album, I went back to listening to 'Bricks are Heavy' pretty quickly. It just didn't do much for me at first. How stupid I was in my ignorant youth.

This has become one of my favorite CDs of all time, not just L7. Favorite tunes are 'I Need', 'Drama', 'Off the Wagon', and the last song, forget the 3 names offhand, but you know what song I'm talking about (ILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOU). Most L7 fans that I knew felt the same way I did about this album when it first came out. Guess L7 knew something that we didn't, because 'The Beauty Process' for all I know has become an L7 favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars oh, my, god..........
this album is beyond rocking. Very rarely does a punk band come along that can do no wrong, and L7 are it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hard Edged Happiness... This Way
This really is the best I've heard from L7. Not enough slow to drag you down, but enough fast to slap you round. L7 is a fabulous band, I always think of 7 Year B$tch when I think about these gals. Both have made an upfront, gutsy, feminine burst of violence seem very likely. I love this album. Buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars GRRRRRRRL POWER!!!!!!!!
this is great rock by women. my favorite song is non-existent patricia. if you're into that lilith-y music this album will just be noise to you. but if you like alt rock or punk this album is just right. buy buy BUY!!!!!! ... Read more


110. Superunknown [Single]
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5-0 out of 5 stars I Like Surprises
In my eyes, Nirvana were never the true stars of the early nineties grunge scene. I always preferred Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and this band; Soundgarden.

Their 1995 album Superunknown is a massive, sprawling, epic piece of work, clocking in at 71 minutes and 24 seconds... with... wait for it.... no fillers whatsoever.

Opener Let Me Drown explodes out of its' cage as if it were the last song on earth. It screams towards the finish line in flurry of fury and rage. A fantastic, adrenaline-fuelled ride.

There are a few other tracks as vicious as Let Me Drown on Superunknown, such as the thundering Kickstand, and Spoonman (complete with spoons by Artis the spoonman). Most of the album is far more complex than most grunge/metal however, such as Head Down, the now famous Black Hole Sun, and 4th of July (which happens to have the lowest tuned guitar I've ever heard, and a monolithic riff that sounds like the world is falling apart around your ears).

The Day I Tried To Live is superb. Imagine Led Zeppelin transported to the nineties and really depressed, (minus the annoying, dragging blues parts).

My Wave is pop metal with a twist. Fell on Black Days and Mailman are great, slow stoner style songs with a hint of bluesy metal.

Th album finishes up with a great little extra number, She Likes Surprises. One of my favourites, and a superb tale of sexual gratification with enough power and control to close an album of this quality in perfect style.

Don't miss out on this journey into the very heart of nineties metal. This album is a classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing
From the minute the first dischordant strains of 'Let me drown' kick in, you know something has changed. The sound may be gloomier, heavier in places, and the vocals may essentially discard the frantic histrionics of previous years, yet this is a motre mature, polished and wonderfully varied release than anything previous. Clearly, Soundgarden have evolved since they recorded 'Badmotorfinger', which we must note was a near flawless album in its own right. Superunknown signals Soundgarden's ascent into a new musical dimension.
In short, this album is phenomenal. There is simply not a single sub-standard track included (with the possible exception of the mellow, Ben Shepherd penned 'Half'). The hit singles ('Black hole sun', 'The day I tried to live', 'Fell on black days' ) are unbelivably strong material, although every song is worthy in its own right. Every band member contributes to the song-writing process, resulting in some severe variation in style. And did I mention the album is dark, cathartic and powerfully emotive to boot, along with exhibiting some of the most technically accomplished musicianship, vocals and lyrics this side of, well, anyone? 'Let me drown', with its 'Drown me in you' refrain, along with tracks like 'Fell on black days' or 'Like suicide' all reek of emotions like pain and loss in Chris Cornell's life, yet the songs are not harsh aurally. Instead, the sensations evoked by the combination of head spinning playing and lyrics which make little sense on the written page yet come into their own on the record are infinitely pleasurable.
Personally I favour the crushingly heavy, doom laden 'Fourth of July', but it must be reiterated that each song shines, and for a fifteen track album that is no mean feat.
Superunknown is a testament to the talent of soundgarden, a jaw dropping masterpiece hailing from a Seattle scene that delivered consistently and in such varied, prolific and profoundly astonishing fashion. Supreme value for money (whatever you pay), one of the few truly great albums of the 90's.
Utterly indispensable.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Best Grunge Album and Band in the 90's
I dont know how to explain on how this album was one of the best albums in the 90's fellowed by Badmotorfinger. It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition.

5-0 out of 5 stars a grunge masterpiece
rhis cd along with ten,facelift and core from stp were the defining alternative albums of the eighties.songs like spoonman,the day i tried to live and black hole sun are what made this cd great.very highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 94 and the rest of the 90s.
I know I must be offending people by saying this but Soundgarden isnt my favorite grunge band.I think they were a great band no doubt about that but Chris Cornells voice can be a little too unsettling at times such as on Limo Wreck but I think this was a great album.From the opening Let Me Drown to the closing track Like Suicide every song on here is done with style,grace and talent.My favorite song on here is Black Hole Sun but Fresh Tendrils comes in a close second with Fell On Black Days coming in a mean third.I think the riffs on here are great and Chris Cornell has a very talented singing voice no doubt about that. ... Read more


111. Come on Down
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4-0 out of 5 stars the seminal grunge band
i think this is a great ep from the original grunge band. its raw but thats part of the attraction. i agree that come on down and swallow my pride are the best tracks on the disk. this is a good album for anyone who enjoys grunge/punk/alternative. you also will enjoy it if you are a fan of mudhoney, soundgarden or early nirvana. a great addition to your 80's/90's rock collection

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
Green River's COME ON DOWN is one of those albums that you own to satisfy curiosity more than to listen to. There are at least two grunge classics on this album ("Come On Down" and "Swallow My Pride"), and some filler stuff too. Mostly you wouldn't imagine these guys going on to form Pearl Jam, but it is very believable that Mark Arm and Steve Turner stepped up to Mudhoney from here. If you like Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, just be warned that this sounds NOTHING like what they've gone on to do since. If you like Mudhoney, this is sort of like the Young Mudhoneys.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREEN RIVER IS THE KING OF GRUNGE
Green River rocks period. If you are any kind of Pearl Jam fan you have got to add Green River to your CD collection. ... Read more


112. Rock-Train Kept a Rollin'
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good entry in the series
This collection totally ignores rock's early years, not featuring anythin prior to mid-60's Bob Dylan. Again it is limited to recordings in the Columbia/Epic library, which is fine, but it does make for a distorted view of the 'music for the century'.

As a series of snapshots of rock music from the 60's to the 90's it is well worth your attention. ... Read more


113. Wishlist
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5-0 out of 5 stars It's the best song I've ever heard!!
I love this song!! It's the best song I've ever heard by them. It's a lot better than "Given to Fly", and I loved that song too. I didn't really get into Pearl Jam too much before, if a song came on I'd sing along with it, but then I heard this song, and now I just really love this song!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent song, sticks in your mind all day long
A great single, the best of they Yield album, real Pearl Jam lovers must get the full length CD

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Brain of J. Performance/U is a great jam
This is not Pearl Jam's best CD single, but still very good. WISHLIST is a great song (off of Yield). U is a great jam and the highlight of the CD is the BRAIN OF J. live performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Worth the Buy
Wish list is the same wish list that youve heard before. This track off of Yield deals with wanting to be something other than yourself but at the same time realizing who you are supposed to be and who you really are. Its a cool/warm song with average but fun lyrics.
The B-side included is "U" a love song. Its catchy, fast paced and happy. In my opinion, its the opposite feeling of yield, reason why it was kept out. There is only one other place where you can get this song and thats in only 1 of the bootlegs.
This cd rocks!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good B-Side and Wicked Live Song
I had to have this cd when i found out the live recording of Brain Of J was from the Melbourne concert on the 5th March, 1998. I was at that concert and just wanted a recording so i could hold on to the moment of that concert. It was a wicked concert and the recording of Brain of J is one of the best. But then i got the single, i like wishlist but it isnt PJ's best work, but still good. When i first heard the b-side 'U', i couldn't understand the lyrics (as u cant on most songs at first), but the song is really good. It is a bit soft, a love song sort of but is very good, a must get for all true PJ fans! ... Read more


114. The Grunge Years: Sub Pop Compilation
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1-0 out of 5 stars epitome of an era...
an era that sucked like no other (with the notable exception of late 70s disco)...

once upon a time rock was cool, musicians were actually able to play their instruments, songs had melodies/lines/hooks/riffs, you could count on the lead guitarist (yep, once upon a time such an animal did exist) to explode into a frenetic solo, and then along came grunge...slow, droning tuned down guitars played by talentless clowns with whining, "woe is me" lyrics mumbled in a nasally, petulant poseur-boy over the top manner...with political correctness added for the b-o-r-e-d-o-m quotient.

grunge quickly died a well-deserved death, and the result of the killing of rock/metal has been britney, christina, justin, and other overpromotoed mouseketeers...all thanks to kurt, eddie v., and the gang from seattle...way to go, guys.

4-0 out of 5 stars Various artists, various songs.
Though it may look like it, this isn't a "Best of Grunge", or even a "Best of Sub-Pop" collection. But it is a great bunch of random songs from random bands of the genre. The first two tracks are probably the most well known, but they're all just as good. I especially like the songs from "Tad", "Mark Lanegan", "The Afghan Whigs", and "The Walkabouts". The "Mudhoney" one is good also. To tell the truth, I'm kind of suprised Sup-Pop never did a "Best Of" type thing, or anyone for that matter. Also, all these songs were released in 1990-91, and after my copy of this, there's only 499,999 others, so happy hunting.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cobain ain't MY spokesman; I can speak for myself.
The only reason anyone would want to buy this is for the Nirvana song. And if they happened to like any of the rest of the songs, then I suppose they saw that as an added bonus. But the fact is, I don't think anyone will find any of the songs to their liking. In all honestly, this is a horrible album. Even Dive is horrid, yet gets so much recognition because Cobain did it. It's pure schitt, and yet he gets named "Voice of a Generation" for it. I may be what record execs call a Gen X'er, but Cobain ain't MY spokesman, and never will be. I can speak for myself, thank you very much. I found Love Battery's song better than Cobain's, but being the best song out of a dung heap isn't a compliment. L7 and the last band (also all-female) are schitt pure and simple as well. Tad's barked Stumblin' Man sounds like death metal, which I can't stand. Beat Happening's and Mark Lanegan's songs sound too similar to differentiate, and all I can remember about them is that they both had deep, monotone voices. Mudhoney and The Fluid: Dull, nothing that sticks in my mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Za Guranji Yaazu
I bought this CD in Tokyo last year and it's a favourite, I mean what could somebody born to musical energy with "smells like teen spirit" hope for? This is music that makes me feel more elated, more alive when I play it, I just love to listen to it on a walkman, on a sleepy suburb train, it feels like a storm in my ears when all my eyes can contemplate is dullness. I only know most of the bands from this compilation and they all do a great job on it but the song by Babes in Toyland, whose singer, if I'm not mistaken, is Courtney Love, just comes on top for pure raw sound (that bass! that VOICE! God, THAT VOOOIIIICE! ).

5-0 out of 5 stars OK can I just set and listen to this all day long.
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115. M.O.M., Vol. 1: Music for Our Mother Ocean
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4-0 out of 5 stars enthusiastic good-will project
A musical compilation of 23 mostly surf-related tracks being sold to save the world's oceans. This features an atypically cheery Pearl Jam, a typically rambunctious Ramones singing California Sun, a great goof-off by the Beastie Boys, and some blissed-out island haze from Porno for Pyros. Primus gurgles out a wacky and writhing Mr. Know It All from "somewhere on tour, Jewel softly coos Quiet Warrior, Silverchair fend admirably with the foolish turbo thrust of Surfin' Bird, No Doubt leaves no stone unturned on the revelrous Sailin' On, and the classic Wipeout is given a good run by Gary Hoey with Donavon Frankenreiter.
Others are up for the occasion as well, including Soundgarden with the carefully crafted chunks of My Wave. My favorite is 7 Mary 3's Blackwing, an acoustic guitar/harmonica wonder with uncommon lyrics. I will have to check this group out while you're checking out this enthusiastic good-will project.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but alot of the songs are to slow
This is a good comp. Blink 182's Waggy is the best song on it, Sprung Monkey and Everclear have good songs too. There is some good remakes too, like Pennywise doing Surfin' USA. This is good but too many slow songs. ... Read more


116. The Essential Alice in Chains
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117. Fontanelle
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5-0 out of 5 stars Babes in Toyland in their element!
This record is the Babes best work to date.Such songs as "Blood,""Real Eyes," and the 90's punk/grunge ode to Courtney Love,"Bruise Violet," are full of vibrant,sheer electricity.Straight from the first chord to the last plaintive howl,the Babes make sure you feel what they feel.
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1.Bruise Violet
2.Right Now
3.Bluebell
4.Handsome and Gretel
5.Blood
6.Magick Flute
7.Won't Tell
8.Quiet Room
9.Spun
10.short song(untitled hidden track)
11.Jungle Train
12.Pearl

13.Real Eyes
14.Mother
15.Gone
The only songs I dont really care for are "Gone,""Jungle Train," and "Magick Flute," and that's because 2 out of 3 of those songs are sung by drummer Lori Barbero,and I don't like her singing too much.The other doesnt have much of a hook or beat to it.This album is one of the great,classic punk-grunge albums of the 1990's,and was smack in the middle of the exciting riotgrrl/grunge/foxcore era,as were the Babes.Buy this album,you will NOT be disappointed.This will turn anyone into a punk enthusiast.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, Women Really Can Rock
One of the strangest things about the Lilith Fair, which advertised itself as "A Celebration of Women in Rock", was that there was no real rock represented. Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls? What's missing from that equation? Rock. The fact that it was so hyped is just as troubling because it reinforces the uneducated mainstream opinion there is no real rock music being made by women today. That conclusion would be grossly inacurate. Some of the best rock of the 90s was made by PJ Harvey, The Breeders, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Hole (until that "Celebrity Skin" fiasco) and Babes in Toyland.

Babes in Toyland is one of the best of the groups I just mentioned and "Fontanelle", their first full length album shows them in all their power. The three piece musical arrangements are decidedly primitive that's one of the things that makes Babes in Toyland so compelling, especially when combined with Kat Bjelland's ferocious vocals. No one, man or woman, can do the things vocally that Kat Bjelland can. She has the remarkable ability to scream at the listener non-stop over the near-forty minutes of this album, but in such a way that is undeniably pleasurable to listen to. There is one chilling moment on "Mother" the thirteenth song on the album when she goes from a full throated growl to a sharp, sustained scream in a single breath. That is what I call singing.

The lyrics are easy to miss here, thanks to Kat's vocal style and the grittiness of the music but they hold up well against the rest of the albums principle components. They are bitter, angry and intense, if not terribly poetic. They justify the sonic brutality of the album and make perfect sense. The rage here is real and believable. Babes in Toyland rock like no other women on the planet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best CDs of all time
After getting this one back after having been gone for a few years Im never surprised at how much it makes me smile.

Life without Bruise Violet or Handsome and Grettle would be unbearable indeed.

What ever happened to Kat?

5-0 out of 5 stars Bruise violet
Back in the early, Minneapolis was home to some of the best post-punk bands such as Husker Du, The Replacements, Soul Asylum (before they sold out), and my personal favorite Babes in Toyland. Back in the early '90s when I was still in high school, I was searching for my niche in live. I needed something that had meaning and that I could belong to. I discovered punk music. Everyone else in high school were either into heavy metal or hip hop/r&b music. Neither was my cup of tea. One of the first punk bands I discovered was Babes in Toyland. I bought "Fontanelle" one day and was completely blown away by the intense lyrics and vocals by Kat Bjelland and the powerful drumming of Lori Barbero (best drummer hands down). Wanna know where Courtney Love got her babydoll look from? She ripped it off from Kat Bjelland. Courtney merely introduced that look to the mainstream masses when "Live Through This" came out. Throughout my sophomore year in high school I lived on bands such as Babes in Toyland, The Rollins Band, L7, Social Distortion, 7 Year B***h, and The Gits. Their music challenged me with their ferocious vocals and angst-filled lyrics. I heard and felt the alienation that Kat sang through her music especially through songs such as "Bruise Violet" (an ode to Kat's former bandmate Courtney) and "Hansome & Gretel". Lori Barbero is truly one of the best drummers I had ever heard, man or woman. You can hear her sheer power throughout "Fontanelle". Lori even gets the opportunity to sing on "Magick Flute". I hadn't heard "Fontanelle" in years until now. Listening to it again brings back the memories of my love for modern rock (before it was co-opted by Clear Channel). I wish music today was as exciting it was a decade ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Grrrl Cd out there
If you're into loud, metal/rock/punk music with amazing screaming vocals (though Kat sings more than she screams) then this would be a great cd for you.

Every song is great and listenable but the choice cuts are:

Bruise Violet. A great to visualize getting revenge on an enemy. This song was written because Courtney Love tried to steal Kat's look and then Kat mocked her in the music video.

Bluebell. A great song, and even greater live. I would recommend Babes In Toyland's Devil live cd, I love how the crowd chants along with her.

Jungle Train. A very different song, and by different I mean good. Lori's trademark tribal drumming comes on very strong on this song, and also Kat's wicked vocals. ... Read more


118. The Crybaby
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The final release in the Melvins' 1999-2000 trilogy, The Crybaby is a work of punk art, albeit one that's eclipsed by the majestic The Bootlicker, the second title of the trilogy. Where The Bootlicker is a sprawling yet cohesive aural experiment, The Crybaby is an unapologetic-nay, proud-mutant of an album. Which Melvin is responsible for brain-farting the brilliant idea of having '70s teen idol Leif Garrett sing along to the Melvins' raucous cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? Which Melvin persuaded Hank Williams III (Hank Jr.'s son!) to warble his way through "Ramblin' Man" and "Okie from Muskogee"? Jesus Lizard's David Yow and Mr. Bungle's Michael Patton are a good fit; their respective tracks take the Melvins' heavy sound to new heights. The jagged and raw rhythms of "Spineless," featuring members of Skeleton Key, are infectious and biting, but Tool's 15-minute opus, "Divorce," is sleep-inducing. Bliss Blood of Pain Teens conjures spirits with her funereal "The Man with the Laughing Hand is Dead," a bleak and spare treatment graced by a somber Melvins arrangement. The disc fades away with the arty and somewhat industrial "Moon Pie," featuring Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth. This collection won't make the Melvins a household name, but it should propel Leif Garrett back into the rock arena. He sounds great! --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Something For Everyone....
An excellent collaboration of underrated and very talented musicians with the almighty MELVINS. Its a great way to complete the trilogy.

The only reason I dont give The Crybaby, as a whole 5 stars, is that some of the songs lack some ingenuity and are a bit hackneyed (e.g. moon pie). Others carry on just a bit too long without changing pace or idea, making them a bit boring after the first few minutes (though I suppose true to some MELVIN's musical approach)- such as Bliss Blood's contribution 'the man with the laughing hand is dead'. Its actually incredibly dark, thick, and mood setting but gets sleepy after the first 5 minutes. I feel a bit more could of been done with it.

Remember, the songs I consider not as well executed may be great for other listeners. And I consider most songs to be true gems of hard rock and music truly "alternative" to what is popular now. All which deserve more stars than exist in our galaxy. There is definitely something for everyone to appreciate on this eclectic album.

PS- Their version of Teen Spirit does more for me than Nirvana's.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Release for Melvins Fans
What can I say about the Crybaby? First, whatever it is you're expecting, forget it. This is not your standard Melvins record, if there is such a thing. This record is just wack. I think I really like it, though. It's a mish-mash of crazy stuff. Each song is totally different than the rest of the songs. All of them feature one guest or another. King Buzzo does not sing any of the songs.

Leif Garrett signing "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is hillarious. It's almost as if The Melvins deliberately played the song straight-up so that Leif Garrett would in turn sing it straight up. You can tell that old Leif took his task very seriously, and I find the results pretty funny. Regardless, this cover is a nice nod to the unsung, yet crucial, influence that The Melvins had on Nirvana, and by proxy the whole grunge "movement."

David Yow sings a couple (including a great cover of an early Jesus Lizard song).

Hank Williams III sings a couple. I think these worked really well. Hank III sounds just like his grandfather.

Mike Patton does some crazy stuff with one of the songs, G.I. Joe.

The song they collaborated with Tool on is the most strange on the whole record. I like it. It's equal parts Melvins and Tool, but 100% obnoxious and ridiculous. I listened to it twice last night and decided that I like it.

The Crybaby is the Melvins having fun, and they invite a bunch of other people to have fun with them. They took some big artistic risks, and

pulled it off. This would not a a good place for a prospective Melvins fan to start off, however. But for someone who understands and appreciate's the Melvin's twisted view of the universe, it's great. If you want to get started with The Melvins, I recommend the following: The Maggot, Houdini, Stoner Witch, Ozma/Gluey Porch Treatments, Bullhead, and Stag. There are plenty of other great Melvins records, but those are a good place to start.

I now have all three of the Ipecac trilogy (The Maggot, The Bootlicker, and The Crybaby), and I must declare the whole thing a success. The Maggot may be my favorite Melvins record of all that they've done.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good Melvins driving album
Very interesting, to say the least. This albums songs are not very typically Melvins sounding due to them collaborating with a variety of other artist like Hank Williams III, TOOL, Skeleton Key, whats-his-drunk-face from Jesus Lizard and others. This album makes for a big variety of sounds: the Hank III collaborations are pretty cool - and I LOATH COUNTRY!
Fortunately, the Melvins didn't do any songs with any "Hip-hop / urban" bands....as Hip-Hop is trendy and ultimately talentless music made for idiots by idiot "urban types" "if you know what I'm bligity, bligity bling-dawg sayin'...word!" Anyway, none of that ghetto BS here....just good music, so get in your car, drive down to your local "hood" and blare this album as loud as you can next to some bruvaz Chevy Caprice soley to anger some hood-rats...this albums is great for that.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag.
This disc has a mixture of different artists and styles that doesn't go too far beyond experimental. The two best tracks are SKELETON KEY's SPINELESS and TOOL's DIVORCED. The latter is a long instrumental jam that any fan of TOOL should have a copy of even though MAYNARD is nowhere to be found. All artists on this disc share the songwriting with THE MELVINS (except for TEEN SPIRIT of course) so the sound is raw if not MELVINesque. Worth having for the TOOL tune if you're a fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars absosmurfly bizzare
You have to give the Melvins credit, they've managed to stick around for well over a decade, and after all this time, they seem to only get weirder, as if that were possible! Leif Garrett singing "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Hank Williams III singing "Ramblin" Man" and the Melvins all on the same cd. What other band would have done this, I ask you? Ladies and Gentleman, we need the Melvins, if for no other reason than just an outlet for bizarre behavior!! I own the whole Trilogy, all 3 cds are worth having for different reasons-The Maggot will tear you a new hole, the Bootlicker is like a cool underground finger snapper, and then the Crybaby is sort of like some weird recipe your mom cooked up one day while watching soap operas, drinking martinis and taking prozac and morphine. I rate it a 4 because, lets be honest, it is not for everyone, and it is very up and down and occasionally drags on way too much, but like I said, who else but the Melvins!!!!! I have alot of Man-Love for these Gents! ... Read more


119. Stag
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Stag is adulterated Melvins, which is a good thing. Yes, Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and their bass player of the moment (Mark Deutrom) still pound away to wake the devil. But the trademark metal chuggers frequently give way to surprisingly musical moments. Sitar, trombone, slide guitar, keyboards, and scratches soften the edges of the music. "Lacrimosa" is ambient chopped apart by power chords. Despite its Satanic subject matter, "Black Bock," sounds less like Black Sabbath than the Archies Stag is most appealing when the Melvins betray their roots, and that's about half the time.--Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe im Just a Poser?
As stated in other reveiws and as ive seen with other Melvins fans i know, this album isnt vary popular but this is actually my favorite album... to find a grunge track with horns and the start of "The Bit" just made this an amazing album which lets the Melvins keep its name as a great grunge band that Nirvana [followed] but Melvins don't get nearly enough credit... if u can find this CD defintaly buy it especially if your some [...] Nirvana fan who thinks there so origional and creative...

5-0 out of 5 stars a short tale
Once upon a time-- July 1996, to be precise-- I took four stamp-sized hits of windowpane and listened to this album. I had never listened to it before that, because I had just bought it that afternoon and immediately went out and bought the acid. But after that night, I was never quite the same. The songs blended into each other perfectly, with tunes that varied from lush and beautiful to so harsh that I thought I was listening to all of the sinners of hell screaming in unison. No other previous Melvins album has quite the same intensity. Afterwards, that same week, I went to a Melvins concert where many of these tracks were played, and it sounded so vibrant that all the LSD seemed to rush right back into my cranium. Quite simply, I loved it. A bit of a warning, though: If you don't like diverse albums with a mix of flavours, you'll be very disappointed. I, however, believe that variety is the spice of life, and in that case Stag is the entire spice aisle at Smith's. Enough spoken- go buy it, already! Oh, and don't forget the acid.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This USED!
Don't buy from an american seller on amazon.com; they charge insane amounts of money! as you may notice! I don't know why this important piece of the Melvins catalogue is currently unavailable in America, but you can get it at a reasonable price at amazon.co.uk -- do it!

5-0 out of 5 stars I don't understand...
This is the best Melvins album i've heard yet! Its up there with Hudini, and Stoner Witch! A little better even. Its got some fantastic songs. Some of their stuff is hard to swallow but that what makes it great. This is an experimental grunge album that hits the right note with me!

5-0 out of 5 stars "Of all the Melvins records. . ."
The most concise review I can pull off: ". . .this is the one." ... Read more


120. Bootlicker
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The Melvins will never be satisfied to do things the way everybody else does them, and for this give thanks. Not only is this disc the second in a three-part CD extravaganza (which started with early 1999's unabashedly metallic Maggot and ends with 2000's The Crybaby), but the music is curiously unlike the Melvins. Bassist Kevin Rutmanis of Cows officially joins Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover, and the match appears heaven-made. From the slithery, sexy strains of the opener "Toy" to the meandering and many-faceted 11-minute "Let It All Be" to the beautiful, Sebadoh-ish ending of "Prig," some fans may be baffled and disappointed while others will be delighted and enchanted. If you've never really been a Melvins fan, but take secret delight in '70s psychedelia and prog-rock and cut your teeth on '80 and '90s alternative rock, then try the exotica of The Bootlicker. --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Melvins get funky
The first track i heard off of the album was We We and I thought, "Man, that sounds like the residents" everything else from there on out gets weirder. If you dug the more spacy moments on Honky and Stag you'll like this one. After Maggot i thought they were going with the safe route and re-visiting the old style from bullhead. I'm glad to see they are still out to annoy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Evil Zac Reviews: The Bootlicker
The Melvins have done it again! They have surprised the music buisness with a strange, yet cool CD. This album is considerably different from previous CD's but hardcore Melvins fans should appreciate it. Despite the lack of "hell-music" I find The Bootlicker to be a great album, and worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars mellow melvin
Pushing 40 now a lot of bands I used to like just give me a headache now. This is a very slow melodic album for the melvins to release. Yet this release is very Melvins, you would not mistake if for anything else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Colostomy of Density!
This album is great, matter of fact, I'de pick up all three of
these 'trilogy' realeases. You can't go wrong with this album.
I like all the Melvins' Ipecac releases with the exception of Colossus of Destiny...that album is more painful than doing big fat rails of Ajax.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
One thing you can always count on from the Melvins is that you cannot ever predict what their next release will sound like. Few bands have ever attempted the diversity of styles that my man Buzz and the gang have, and maybe only a select few have pulled it off with any degree of success. Sludgeheads... BEWARE! This release shows the Melvins in their artsy mode. And it is actually quite good, especially the strange and somewhat scary "Let It All Be." As much as I dig their Sabbathy sludgefests, this CD usually gets more play from me because of it's "otherness." If you are new to Melvin-itive music, start at the beginning and work your way to this. And have a fun trip! ... Read more


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