Monday, April 6, 2009

You Better Hide Your Beans And Your Other Greens Because We'll Try To Smoke Them, Too

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If nothing else, this post will give Joe Stumble an opportunity to get back at me for making fun of The Dogshits on his blog a month ago. At least I have the excuse that Those Melvins are from Connecticut, and I don't actually like them. This shit's pretty funny to put on a mix tape, though.

If there's anything more absurd than a bunch of preppie white dudes from Connecticut making fun of Inspiral Carpets and Stone Roses in the name of James Brown, it's Boyd Tinsley (!!) playing on a record that has a song called "Wasted Hippies" on it. If you can come up with something that's better than that, I'll mail you a dollar. Seriously, it would be worth the dollar just to know about it.


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Those Melvins -

"Wasted Hippies"

"Manchester Beat"

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18 comments:

Mr. HCI said...

I saw them here many years ago and was shocked to see you post about 'em. They fucking sucked! All I really remember, other than they sucked, was one of 'em had a mop of curly, blonde hair was very self consciously "rocking out." It was embarrassing to watch.

Brushback said...

No doubt Those Melvins had their sights set on the big time at one point, which probably explains their "arena rock" stage antics.

I'll admit to really liking at least one Big Train song, though (Big Train = post-Those Melvins).

Just the Dave Matthews Band connection alone probably makes this the weirdest Ct. (semi-) punk record I own...

bruce/Shyster Shyster said...

shyster played with them and king missile at Tuxedo Junction once. nuff said!

gotta give mat orefice some props for decently covering the local music scene back when he wrote for the Weekly.

Brushback said...

Man, there's a positive side to everybody. It's getting so hard to find people to dislike these days.

Bruce Weasel said...

I'll do my part to change your opinion of me by bringing you a copy of that Deathrage/Burnt split 6 inch tomorrow!

Brushback said...

That would be awesome!

I was literally just now trying to think of what gifts I could bring of my own. Unfortuately, I have nothing, except for maybe a smeared B&W print-out of a TXT PSTLZ photo.

Vegas said...

Although SUPER nice guys... really the worst part of the late 80's early 90's Western CT scene. Joke-pop- ala Dead Milkmen. basically frat-rock, white-cap crap. A HUGE Inpsiration on Monsterland- as in we were inspired NOT to sound anything like them. I hope we succeeded.
As Bruce said HUGE props to Matt Orefice for his covering the scene in the 90's at the Advocate/Weekly.

johnh said...

One more burp in favor of the every nice orefice. He musta known all of us Danbury drug rockers hated his band and yet he was still fair and supportive.

johnh said...

That's "very" nice of course....

Brushback said...

The mp3 files on this post are now listen-only (non-downloadable) files. BITE IT, COLLEGE ROCK SCUM!! No, actually, for those of you who missed the boat, I will do my best to respond to any e-mailed requests for the original files.

Brushback said...

Oh-- Hi, John, by the way.

Dentist Escondido said...

Interesting, you still have the record! How nostalgic to see one.

Anonymous said...

you guys are all a bunch of freakin a-holes, Those Melvins and later Big Train were a fun band with actually more than a few good tunes and did some excellent covers too...stop trying to sound like you really were making some important music, you come across as as petty...

Brushback said...

Yeah, and you sound totally unprejudiced-- is that what you're saying?

Anonymous said...

wow took ya 19 whole minutes to reply, why dont ya monitor ur FB account more closely and leave music opinions to those that have taste...unprejudiced?? No not at all..but "Twenty Flights" was my wedding song, so when my wife got killed by the Unabomber, Those Melvins became something I held onto...

Anonymous said...

I know this thread is basically dead, but I only just found this site recently. I grew up in CT and saw Those Melvins a bunch of times and really thought they had something. They messed it up somehow, but they were really close.

first time I saw them as a senior in high school, they opened up for the Hoodoo Gurus in 1989 at Lake Compounce park back when they did all those huge concerts... I was impressed then.

20 Flights was my favorite song, and I liked that Poser song then did to a ska/polka sound.

You have a great site and appreciate the CT band focus!

Went to College in Boston

Jere said...

Can't believe I missed this one.

There was a classmate of mine (Rachel Eades later Rachel Martin, I'll use her real name(s) because why the hell not?) who had Those Melvins earrings. This woulda been around '90. At least that's my memory--it could have been that she just had their T-shirt and also had unique earrings and I've combined the two memories into one Those-Melvins'd-out ear-wear fantasy. Anyway I was 14 and still unaware of the concept of "local music," and very weary of these kids who seemed to be living in an alternate universe, hopping on trains by themSELVES and going to that big nearby city that I thought only existed in field trip form. And smoking. Pretty soon I'd be the biggest star on the Danbury scene. (Last part added since nobody will see this.)

Jere said...

Oh, and also, Unabomber! I looked it up, and no females were killed by him. Also, I always thought it should be "Unibomber."