Saturday, March 10, 2007


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Released a mere 10 months after Stag, Honky marked THE MELVINS' return to the indies, this time on Amphetamine Reptile. While the band went through a brief mersh period (by MELVINS standards) upon their arrival to Atlantic with Houdini and Stoner Witch, the experimental Stag was their ticket out of town. Honky takes the experimentation of Stag and pushes it about a million miles further. With the exception of Prick (THE MELVINS' pevious AmRep album, which was more of a rib), Honky is, at least in my opinion, the least "accessible" MELVINS record. That's not to say it's not a rewarding listening experience, because it most definitely is. It's just more of a do-what-we-want experimental project. In hindsight, Stag is the better representation of where THE MELVINS would take their sound over the next ten years. Honky is simply the fruits of one of rock's most creative and unpredictable bands rediscovering its freedom after a stint in the big house...err...big time.

1. They All Must Be Slaughtered
2. Mombius Hibachi
3. Lovely Butterfly
4. Pitfalls in Serving Warrants
5. Air Breather Deep in the Arms of Morphius
6. Laughing with Lucifer at Satan's Sideshow
7. How --++--
8. Harry Lauders Walking Stick Tree
9. Grin
10. In the Freaktose the Bugs are Dying


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