The Melvins are quite familiar with doing things differently. They’ve released all sorts of cover songs throughout their career, from their take on the “Love Theme from KISS” on 1989′s Ozma to digging up the Paul McCartney deep cut “Let Me Roll It” for their latest album, Freak Puke. Through various split singles and bonus tracks, they’ve covered enough material to compile an album of cover songs, and there are plenty of other artists’ renditions that they’ve only played live. While some of their takes are pretty true to the original, they usually tend to put their own spin on things. Here are five of my favourite Melvins covers, counted down over the next five days.
4. “My Generation”
Several artists have come up with shitty covers of The Who’s original anthem to teenage rebellion, from Hillary Duff changing the classic line to “Hope I don’t die before I get old” to Limp Bizkit… Oh wait, I guess that wasn’t cover. Anyways, the Melvins offered a rather distinctive take on the tune on their 2010 album The Bride Screamed Murder. The slowed-down, stretched-out, seven-minute, 41-second version sounds more like Black Sabbath than The Who, the slow jams kinda reminiscent of “War Pigs,” for instance. In fact, if one didn’t recognize the lyrics as being penned by Pete Townsend, you’d almost assume it was an original. Here, check it out: