A new Melvins/U-Men split single! No word yet on the tracklist.
From the AmRep Facebook page: Amphetamine Reptile will be doing a series of 12” records starting in 5-6 weeks. The 13 record Sugar Daddy Splits series is the Melvins tracks from their Ipecac “Sugar Daddy” CD combined with bands they love from past, present, and future. Okay, maybe not future. Starting it off, COWS and the U-MEN!!! Pressing sizes will be a lot larger than recent projects, and way more affordable. But still slick as %$#@ Let the stupid questions that would’ve already been answered had some one bothered to read this far - BEGIN!
One song per side, 33 1/3 rpm 180 grain Splatter vinyl.
Silk screened print.
Price not yet set (likely in the $20ish range)
Release date - not yet set. 5-7 weeks estimated.
We can’t list all the tracks now, but some are previously released material by defunct bands, and some new exclusive material from current bands.
“On Honky, which we recorded for Amphetamine Reptile after Atlantic didn’t pick up our option, there is a tune called ‘Laughing With Lucifer at Satan’s Sideshow,’ which seemed to epitomize the major-label experience for us, and probably a few other bands, I would imagine. The voices on this are actually the band’s manager, David Lefkowitz, and a woman—I can’t remember who—quoting real statements made to us by individuals in some of the higher positions at Atlantic, after Danny Goldberg had left. Such chestnuts as ‘You should consider yourself lucky—any other major label would have dropped you by now’ and ‘The people here in Radio just don’t like your band.’
“I think ‘Laughing With Lucifer’ is truly the epitaph on the tombstone of grunge. Major labels brought it to the planet, exploited it, and then killed it when it was used up, like any self-respecting corporation would do.”
—from my interview with former Melvins bassist Mark Deutrom
“The Thrown Ups? Probably the best band ever. Steve and Mark and Leighton and Ed would make the most ridiculous list of song titles you could think of, and pick from the list. ‘Okay, “Sloppy Pud Love.” What would that sound like?’ They’d start jamming, and they’d look at me and go, ‘Okay. We got it. Roll it.’ And I would just roll tape, and they’d come back, listen to it, everybody’d have a good laugh, and then they’d go down the list again. ‘Okay, “Elephant Crack.” What would that sound like?’ Ed would literally make up lyrics on the spot. We’re not talking Hemingway here, but it was always funny as shit.” —Jack Endino, producer
The Thrown Ups were Ed Fotheringham, Leighton Beezer, and Mark Arm and Steve Turner of Mudhoney. The excellent blog Ritual Room just posted their “Smiling Panties” single, released on Amphetamine Reptile in 1987.