The Melvins are reimagining 36 songs from their career for their first-ever acoustic album

“The magic of the songs is still there regardless of it being acoustic,” says frontman Buzz Osborne.

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The Melvins will be reimagining songs from their career on Five Legged Dog, a 36-track record that’s also the first acoustic album from the sludge metal pioneers.

Five Legged Dog will release on 15 October through Ipecac Recordings. The band describes the record as their “most ambitious project yet”; it will feature songs all the way from 1987’s Gluey Porch Treatments to 2017’s A Walk With Love & Death.

Melvins Five Legged Dog
The four-LP edition of Five Legged Dog / Image: Ipecac Recordings

“I knew I wanted to do something ridiculously big,” said frontman Buzz Osborne in a statement on the album. “36 songs reimagined by us acoustically is certainly ridiculous but it works. The magic of the songs is still there regardless of it being acoustic.”

The band previewed the album with the acoustic version of Night Goat, a song from the band’s acclaimed 1993 album, Houdini.

Melvins drummer-vocalist and co-founder Dale Crover noted: “I think people will be surprised that we can do an acoustic version of a song like Night Goat without losing any of the heaviness. We also worked hard on the vocal arrangements. People are going to freak out!”

The album also features acoustic versions of songs previously covered by the band, including Sway by the Rolling Stones, Charlie by Redd Kross, Everybody’s Talking by Fred Neil and more. Jeff Pinkus from the Butthole Surfers also guests on the record, providing vocals and banjo to the tracks Don’t Forget to Breathe and Everybody’s Talking.

Five Headed Dog is available to pre-order now and will arrive in digital and double-CD editions first. Meanwhile, a four-LP vinyl release is slated for 28 January.

Five Legged Dog tracklist:

  1. Edgar The Elephant (A Walk With Love & Death)
  2. Up The Dumper (The Bootlicker)
  3. Hung Bunny/Roman Dog Bird (Lysol)
  4. Hooch (Houdini)
  5. Billy Fish (Nude With Boots)
  6. Shevil (Stoner Witch)
  7. Charlie (Redd Kross cover from “Escape From LA” single)
  8. A Growing Disgust (Freak Puke)
  9. Eye Flys/Woman (Gluey Porch Treatments – “Woman” is a Free cover)
  10. Pitfalls In Serving Warrants (Honky)
  11. Outside Chance (The Turtles cover from “Slithering Slaughter” single)
  12. Evil New War God (The Bride Screamed Murder)
  13. The Bloated Pope (Pigs of the Roman Empire)
  14. Bad Move (from Dale Crover’s solo album, The Fickle Finger of Fate)
  15. With Teeth (Lysol)
  16. Halo of Flies (Alice Cooper cover from Sieg Howdy!)
  17. Oven (Ozma)
  18. Sway (Rolling Stones cover – previously unrecorded by the Melvins)
  19. Anaconda (Bullhead)
  20. Lovely Butterfly (Honky)
  21. Boris (Bullhead)
  22. It’s Shoved (Bullhead)
  23. Honey Bucket (Houdini)
  24. We Are Doomed (The Bulls & The Bees)
  25. Flypaper (Brainiac cover – previously unrecorded by the Melvins)
  26. Let God Be Your Gardener (Ozma)
  27. At The Stake (Stoner Witch)
  28. Night Goat (Houdini)
  29. Queen (Stoner Witch)
  30. Everybody’s Talking (Fred Neil cover – previously unrecorded by the Melvins)
  31. Revolve (Stoner Witch)
  32. Suicide In Progress (Nude With Boots)
  33. Prig (The Bootlicker)
  34. The Bit (Stag)
  35. Civilized Worm ((A) Senile Animal)
  36. Don’t Forget to Breathe (Pinkus Abortion Technician)

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