Sausages – traditionally, a smashed pig piped into its own stomach lining. Pig – the food that the whole western world devours with such gusto. Bacon, ham, pork chops, sausages. That “wonderful, magical animal” that Homer Simpson refers to when contemplating such a variety of tasty offerings. What an album title, then, to make folks sit up and get heads moving. The carnivores amongst you will all be nodding them savagely, whilst meat-abstainers worldwide may well just sadly shake them. End of the day, there’s nothing to argue about. This sizzles either way.
Now, You’ll probably, like me, struggle to identify a fair few of
these songs but I think it’s fair to say that they weren’t ever going to
be straight-up reproductions. This is The Melvins (the “The” is silent
here), after all, linking their influences and favourite tracks
together, throwing their eccentric nous, twisted musicality and a few
friends into the mix and emerging with an assorted jumble of flavours
that should get your tastebuds churning.
Initially, Everyone Loves Sausages hits hard and heavy with
Neurosis’ Scott Kelly guesting for a tear-up of Venom’s “Warhead”. Its
mighty vocal lead will have heads bobbing and horns up. Soon though the
band shift gears to relocate to something a little less gritty.
Appeasing their rock and pop urges, they plump for The Fugs’ “Carpe
Diem”, complete with its original warm 60s wash and jinking vibe and the
stonking all-in rocker “Black Betty” (Ram Jam). There’s also a grating
rendition of Queen’s “Best Friend” with tacked-on, plinking electro-fizz
which Melvins develop, flesh out and turn into a hacked rendition of
“Heathen Earth” (Throbbing Gristle). Sadly, they do take it a step too
far with a 3-minute intro of gruesome ambient noise which kicks-off a
preciously reedy version of Bowie’s “Station To Station”.
When they do find their punk muscle, they really set about tearing
shit up for a twisted, rough-and-ready rip of The Jam’s “Art School”,
complete with ex-U.S. marine Tom Hazelmyer’s anarchic Mockney accent
causing much hilarity. There’s also “Timothy Leary Lives” (Pop-O-Pies)
and a snotty-nosed cover of The Kinks’ “Attitude” (featuring Blondie’s
Clem Burton) to gob all over.
Album highlights are undoubtedly Mudhoney’s Mark Arm giving his all
to grunge-up “Set It On Fire” whilst, at the same time, giving The
Scientists’ original a run for its money, and a big-bass, lush, loping,
bluesy version of “Female Trouble”, the theme music to the infamous
movie of the same name.
Refusing to completely ditch the impact of the originals, Melvins
have stuck pretty close to the same tones and textures for the majority
of the tracks here, but that’s not to say they aren’t worthwhile
renditions. Not by a long chalk. There’s plenty that will provide some
shocks and maybe a little awe. Some undoubtedly squeeze out above the
others, but the whole, with its mainstream classics and underground
rarities, stands proudly as a fair representation of the Melvins’ wide
and varied record collections. In many ways, a true alternative Best Of
The Melvins. Hungry, anyone?
Also online @ Ave Noctum = http://www.avenoctum.com/2013/04/melvins-everyone-loves-sausages-ipecac/