Gluey Porch Treatments

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Gluey Porch Treatments
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Studio album by
Released1987
RecordedOctober 1986 at Studio D, Sausalito, California
Genre
Length38:14
Label
Producer
The Melvins chronology
Six Songs
(1986)
Gluey Porch Treatments
(1987)
Ozma
(1989)

Gluey Porch Treatments is the debut album by the Melvins. The album was released in 1987 through Alchemy Records. The original release was vinyl only. This album was later released on tape with the Six Songs EP through Boner Records and appears as bonus material on the CD version of Ozma.[4] Tracks 18–29 can only be found on the 1999 Ipecac Recordings re-release; these songs are taken from a boombox demo.

The album is considered as one of the first examples of sludge metal[1][2] and a blueprint for grunge.[3]

Background[edit]

"Steve Instant Newman" and "As Was It" are re-recordings of "Disinvite" and "Easy As It Was" respectively, as heard on the Six Songs EP.

"Leeech" was originally a song by Green River entitled "Leech." When Melvins founder Buzz Osborne asked a member of Green River why they never played the song, the reply was that the band thought it was too repetitive and was therefore dropped from their set. The song may have been essentially given to the Melvins on the spot, though Mark Arm has criticized their claim of ownership of it, teasingly saying that they inappropriately attributed the song to themselves.[5]

The song "Eye Flys" appears on the soundtrack for the film, Kurt Cobain: About A Son and the Melvins live album Sugar Daddy Live. "Glow God," "Big As a Mountain" and "Heaviness of the Load" appear on the Alchemy Records compilation album Peace Thru Chemistry.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

AllMusic critic Ned Raggett praised the album, writing: "Drawn-out syllables at the end of lines descending into murk, bellowing half-understandable insanities, flanged warbles and squeals: It's all there."[1] Dave Grohl described it as heavier and better than Black Sabbath.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Buzz Osborne except where noted.

Side one[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Eye Flys" 6:16
2."Echo Head/Don't Piece Me"Melvins2:51
3."Heater Moves and Eyes" 3:52
4."Steve Instant Newman"Melvins1:31
5."Influence of Atmosphere" 1:51
6."Exact Paperbacks" 0:43
7."Happy Grey or Black"Melvins2:01
8."Leeech"Mark Arm, Steve Turner2:32

Side two[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Glow God" 0:51
10."Big As a Mountain" 0:57
11."Heavyness of the Load" 3:06
12."Flex with You" 0:54
13."Bitten Into Sympathy" 1:45
14."Gluey Porch Treatments" 0:48
15."Clipping Roses" 0:49
16."As Was It"Melvins2:51
17."Over From Under the Excrement" 4:39

1999 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

No.TitleLength
18."Echohead" (Demo)0:32
19."Flex with You" (Demo)0:58
20."Don't Piece Me" (Demo)2:20
21."Bitten into Sympathy" (Demo)1:30
22."Exact Paperbacks" (Demo)0:46
23."Glow God/Big as a Mountain" (Demo)1:55
24."Heaviness of the Load" (Demo)3:04
25."Happy Gray or Black" (Demo)1:59
26."Heater Moves and Eyes" (Demo)4:29
27."Gluey Porch Treatments" (Demo)0:52
28."Eye Flys" (Demo)3:11
29."Clipping Roses" (Demo)0:55

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Raggett. Ned. Gluey Porch Treatments review allmusic.com. Retrieved on July 25, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Bukszpan, Daniel (2003). The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal. Barnes & Noble. p. 144. ISBN 0760742189.
  3. ^ a b c Apter, Jeff (2009). The Dave Grohl Story. Omnibus. ISBN 0857120212.
  4. ^ Robbins, Ira. "Melvins". Trouser Press. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws3rOyyem6A