MELVINS  Dale Crover  LP   (Boner)   17.98

      The latest to wash ashore in this recent flood of Melvins-related vinyl reissues, the band's trio of "solo albums" that came out on Boner Records back in '92 have all been resurrected on wax for the first

time in twenty years, featuring the original music and accompanied by a poster and digital download code. Here's our old review for this stuff from when we originally got 'em in stock:

      If you've been following the Melvin's for awhile, you know that those dudes love KISS. They love 'em so much that back in 1992, the Melvins issued a series of three EP's, one from each member (King

Buzzo, Dale Crover, and then-bassist Joe Preston) presenting their own EP of original solo material; the discs were totally modeled after the original KISS solo albums from 1978 in both look and concept, mimicking the same cover art

style and KISS-logo lettering, making this part homage, part prank. These are now pretty hard to find, but are absolutely crucial to Melvins fans as each of the EP's are like a slide-section of the member's creativity, and all are

totally crushing and weird in their own manner.

      For his 12-minute solo EP, Melvins' drummer Dale Crover teamed up with his then-wife Debbi Shane and served up four songs of sludgy, heavy metalpunk, catchy and hooky guitar-heavy tuneage that

kinda reminds me of Dinosaur Jr. a little, but as heard through the slow fuzz weight of Melvins' Bullhead with Dale intoning his vocals Buzzo-style. Dale's entry is easily the catchiest and most accessible disc of the trilogy,

the songs "Hex Me", "Dead Wipe", "Respite", and "Hurter" combining into a droney, hypnotic slab of darkened sludge pop. Always loved this disc, and I also always hoped that Dale would have pursued this catchier solo style more later on.