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Albums Of The Week: Melvins | Five-Legged Dog

Come for the acoustic-sludge originals. Stay for covers of the Stones, Coop & more.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Five-Legged Dog, Melvins’ epic new acoustic album, features a career-spanning collection of 36 newly recorded songs that run the gamut of the band’s massive catalogue — incorporating everything from original sludge-punk classics like Night Goat, Honey Bucket and Billy Fish to covers of Brainiac, The Rolling Stones, Redd Kross and Alice Cooper.

“I knew I wanted to do something ridiculously big,” explains singer-guitarist Buzz Osborne of the album, which clocks in just shy of 150 minutes. “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 (Crover) and Steven (Shane McDonald) 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.” Drummer 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 the Redd Kross cut Charlie (from the limited-edition Escape From LA single); Outside Chance, a Turtles cover from the Slithering Slaughter single; and new interpretations of The Rolling StonesSway, Brainiac’s Flypaper and Fred Neil’s Everybody’s Talking (popularised by Harry Nilsson). Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus lends his vocals (and banjo) to Don’t Forget to Breathe and Everybody’s Talking.”

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