A quick scan of the Melvins’ career-spanning list of cover songs reveals a rather assorted list of musical interests, ranging from The Cars to Merle Haggard. In April, the band will pay homage to an even more un-plottable list of influences with an entire covers album. Comprised of 13 zany-sounding reworkings, Everybody Loves Sausages includes renditions of David Bowie’s “Station To Station”, Queen’s “Best Friend”, Throbbing Gristle’s “Heathen Earth”, and even the 19th century folk tune “Black Betty”.
“This record will give people a peak into the kind of things that influence us musically,” explains frontman Buzz Osborne. “We REALLY like all of these songs along with the bands who actually wrote this stuff because first and foremost we are HUGE music fans.”
The band recorded alongside several notables guests, including Mudhoney’s Mark Arm (The Scientists’ “Set It On Fire”) Jello Biafra (Roxy Music’s “In Every Dream Home A Heartache”), and Blondie’s Clem Burke (The Kinks’ “Attitude”). And while this is a Melvins proper release, the Melvins Lite incarnation (Osborne, Dale Crover, and Trevor Dunn) appear with versions of Divine’s “Female Troubles” and Pop-O-Pies’ “Timothy Leary Lives”.
Everybody Loves Sausages hits stores April 30th via Ipecac Recordings. For a taste of the band playing someone else’s songs, check out their cover of The Who’s “My Generation” following the tracklist.
Everybody Loves Sausages Tracklist:
01. Venom – Warhead (feat. Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
02. Queen – Best Friend (feat. Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird)
03. Black Betty
04. The Scientists – Set It On Fire (feat. Mark Arm)
05. David Bowie – Station To Station (feat. JG Thirlwell)
06. The Kinks – Attitude (feat. Clem Burke of Blondie)
07. Divine – Female Trouble
08. The Fugs – Carpe Diem
09. Pop-O-Pies – Timothy Leary Lives
10. Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home A Heartache (feat. Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis)
11. Tales of Terror – Romance
12. The Jam – Art School (feat. Tom Hazelmeyer)
13. Throbbing Gristle – Heathen Earth