Rock Song of the Week

One awesome, hand picked song from the world of rock and metal, showcased every week.

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22 Mar 2024

Melvins - Honey Bucket

appears on Houdini (1993)

Crank up that fuzz, ladies and gentlemen, because this is a certified genre classic. Heck, even if you don’t feel strongly about the grunge sound, it’s impossible to deny just how big the Melvins were/are when it comes right down to it. Hell, remove their music from the equation, which had a hugely influential effect on bands like Soundgarden and Tool thanks to its uniquely sludge-y quality. You’re still left with the fact that lead singer and founder Buzz Osbourne introduced Dave Grohl to Kurt Cobain. You’re not getting any more influential on grunge than that unless you’re Grady Martin (the guy who, possibly accidentally, invented the distortion effect sound, which I definitely didn’t have to look up).

So yeah, singing the praises of the Melvins isn’t exactly ice road truckers levels of danger in your work, given their accomplishments. But what else is a spotlight for? The Seattle-area (because, you know, grunge) rockers weren’t even limited by their ability to play really slowly, either. They have some much speedier punk-stuff to their name, too, but nothing that changed the music landscape quite so much as their early 90s slowdown. They’re still releasing albums to this day, in fact, and it is just as gloriously crunchy as ever if you’re into that sort of thing.

If you prefer your rock low and slow, then we think that this particular Rock Song of the Week offering is going to just about make your day. Honey Bucket is fuzzier than a teenagers chin and twice as snarly – the perfect little stomper of a Rock Song of the Week pick to growl your way into the weekend to. It might not be the early 90s anymore – which may or may not be a good thing, depending on which side of that you were born – but for at least three minutes today you can pretend like nothing has changed. Just try to ignore that a lot of the complaints these bands had back then are still relevant now. That’s the Man’s fault, not yours. 

Posted by Eddie "deep in the mire" Hull

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