REVIEW: Melvins’ “Chicken Switch”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Me and Melvins go way back. I have been a fan of the Melvins kids for about 23 years, there was a time when I pretty much bought everything they would release. I have not been as savvy although I would like to me, but I always make sure to buy their new albums. Sadly, m Melvins vinyl collection is behind, so I don’t have their recent albums in the preferred format, but one day when I win the Lotto, SHIT YEAH, MELVINS VINYL FOR DAYS. I would like to play congas for Melvins, but that’s another topic, another time.

Chicken Switch (Ipecac) is supposed to be a Melvins remix album, but here’s the catch. The contributors were not given any element of the source material, so they had to create whatever they felt like, in whatever way they felt comfortable with. It sounds odd, but when have Melvins ever done anything normally? Some of it may remind fans of the Snivlem album, Prick, especially the “Emperor Twaddle Remix” by Christoph Heemann, which in its second half is nothing but a three second applause loop with various other live concert elements thrown in. Someone dropping a microphone? That’s added into the mix. It’s almost like Jan Jelinek on meth jelly beans. In V/Vm‘s “She Chokes Her Dying Breath & Does It In My Face”, it’s nothing more than drumstick clicks and a droning guitar, which comes off like lighting a candle on both ends, and throwing it in a barn. Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth creates an “Eggnog Medley” that perhaps not surpisingly souynds nothing like anything on Eggnog or a proper medley. I’d like to see this played full blast in a school zone. The biggest surprise may be what Merzbow did in “Snow Rem Rem Ibvz”, which managed to include a hit making beverage that was splattered to create splatteria.

Is it a Melvins album? Yes. Is it not a Melvins album? Yes. Is it a Melvins remix album? Yes/no . Is it a Melvins tribute album? Yes/no. Is it filled with sound? Yes. Is it filled with silence? Yes. You know, after hearing this, I wish I could have contributed to this. Maybe I should make my own Melvins “remix”. Maybe I will/will not. Chicken Switch is an odd chicken glitch,and most of us can’t pass the bitch/and those rotten ass motherfuckers know this. Thanks Geto Boys.

Is this a Melvins album review? Yes/no. Is it a Melvins tribute review? Yes/no. Will you be molested in the air by volume? Circle your answer.

Yes/no.

SOME STUFFS: Melvins offer a refreshing spiked egg nog in the form of… A REMIX ALBUM

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As a fan of Melvins for almost 25 years, I’ve been waiting for a project like this for a long time. It seems the band have opened up their vaults for various well known producers, remixers, and musicians to take various Melvins songs and remix them at will. The project is complete, and it is called Chicken Switch, due out September 29th on Ipecac Records.

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Here is the confirmed track listing, courtesy of TheMelvins.net. It looks like this thing is going to be nuts:
# Eye Yamatsuka — Washmachine Sk8tronics
# Christoph Heemann — Emperor Twaddle Remix
# V/VM — She Chokes Her Dying Breath and Does It In My Face
# John Duncan — AAHHH…
# Matmos — Linkshänder
# Lee Ranaldo — EggNog Trilogy: i) She’s Ivanhoe ii) Cancer iii) Inebriated
# Merzbow — SNOW REM REM IBVZ
# David Scott Stone — Prick Concrète/Revolution M
# Panacea — Queen (Electroclash Remix)
# Sunroof! — The Silky Apple Butter of Youth
# Kawabata Makoto — 4th Floor Hellcopter
# Farmersmanual — disp_tx_skel_mach_murx
# Void Manes — Overgoat
# RLW — Over from Under the Dog, Girl & Boy Treatment
# Speedranch — Hard Revenge Milly Bloody Battle VS. The Melvins Ozmatized Gore Police (Feat: Cardopusher of the Five Deadly Venoms)