|Gluey Porch Treatments|
The original pressing of Gluey Porch Treatments.
|Studio album by Melvins|
|Recorded||October 1986 at Studio D in Sausalito, California|
|Genre||Sludge Metal, Grunge|
|Producer||Mark Deutrom, Carl Herlofsson|
| Six Songs |
| Gluey Porch Treatments |
| Ozma |
Gluey Porch Treatments is the first studio album of the Melvins (Notably the only studio album to feature original bassist Matt Lukin). The album was released in 1987 on vinyl through Alchemy Records.
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. Ipecac Records re-released the album in 1999 with liner notes (Detailing the recording and general life in Washington from 86 - 87 according to Buzz), remastered audio and twelve bonus songs taken from a boombox demo recorded in early 1986.
"Steve Instant Neuman" and "As It Was" 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 was essentially given to the Melvins on the spot.
The song "Eye Flys" appears on the soundtrack for the film, Kurt Cobain: About A Son. "Glow God," "Big As a Mountain" and "Heaviness of the Load" appear on the Alchemy Records compilation album Peace Thru Chemistry.
It is considered to be one of the earliest sludge albums and a heavy influence to the genre.
Writing and RecordingEdit
Gluey Porch Treatments was written at a time in the Melvins' career sometime after a disastrous 1986 tour of the West Coast, as Buzz Osborne explains:
|“|| “gluey porch treatments... why? god knows... we were all feeling like lepers when we recorded this. I for one couldn't believe anyone was interested in our band to actually pay for the recording costs on this thing. that blew our minds because there was NOTHING happening for us at all in 1986. we tried to "tour" the US that summer and it was a total disaster, we had skinheads from coast to coast wanting to kill us. I saw those same people five years later when we toured for the second time and they all had really long hair and sub pop tee shirts... how ironic... it figures... so anyway by the fall of 86 we were very discouraged fellows in the recording studio, none the less this album works.”
"anyway we were recording this album in sausalito california in 1986. it took two or three days to track and two or three days to mix. boom. done. we ate burritos in the mission district and drove back to washington state. it rained the whole way.the label had sent us just enough gas money to drive down there and back. a few months later we had our debut album in our hands."
— Buzz Osborne, Gluey Porch Treatments Liner Notes
The album notably had a misprint mixing up Lukin and Osborne in some of the initial vinyl pressings (Cardboard sleeve) along with the lettering being crooked. As an inside joke the re-release has a similar graphic design "mishap". The original press also features the following statement: The Melvins use guitars and drums cuz they want the best.".
For many years the vinyl edition had been bootlegged but never received an official reissue. In the fall of 2017 it was announced by HAZE XXL and Amphetamine Reptile Records that the next Melvins release to be reissued on vinyl would be Gluey Porch Treatments, including new artwork. A test pressing was placed on Ebay in October 2017 selling for over $500.00 while the reissued was slated for a November release.
All songs written by Buzz Osborne except where noted.
- A1 - Eye Flys - 6:16
- A2 - Echo Head / Don't Piece Me - 2:51 (Melvins)
- A3 - Heater Moves and Eyes - 3:52
- A4 - Steve Instant Neuman - 1:31 (Melvins)
- A5 - Influence of Atmosphere - 1:51
- A6 - Exact Paperbacks - 0:43
- A7 - Happy Gray or Black - 2:01 (Melvins)
- A8 - Leeech 2:32 (Mark Arm, Steve Turner)
- B1 - Glow God - 0:51
- B2 - Big As a Mountain - 0:57
- B3 - Heaviness of the Load - 3:06
- B4 - Flex With You - 0:54
- B5 - Bitten Into Sympathy - 1:45
- B6 - Gluey Porch Treatments - 0:48
- B7 - Clipping Roses - 0:49
- B8 - As It Was - 2:51
- B9 - Over From Under the Excrement - 4:39
1999 Re-Release bonus TracksEdit
- Echohead (Demo) - 0:32
- Flex With You (Demo) - 0:58
- Don't Piece Me (Demo) - 2:20
- Bitten Into Sympathy (Demo) - 1:30
- Exact Paperbacks (Demo) - 0:46
- Glow God / Big As a Mountain (Demo) - 1:55
- Heaviness of the Load (Demo) - 3:04
- Happy Gray or Black (Demo) - 1:59
- Heater Moves and Eyes (Demo) - 4:29
- Gluey Porch Treatments (Demo) - 0:52
- Eye Flys (Demo) - 3:11
- Clipping Roses (Demo) - 0:55
- Buzz Osborne - Guitar, Vocals, liner notes on the 1999 reissue.
- Dale Crover - Drums
- Matt Lukin - Bass, Vocals
- Mark Deutrom - Producer, Mixing
- Carl Herlofsson - Engineer, Mixing
- David Musgrove - Second Engineer
- Victor Hayden - Original Artwork, Executive Producer
- Mackie Osborne - Artwork on the 1999 reissue.
- Tom Hazelmyer - Artwork on the 2017 reissue.