The world-famous Melvan, featuring artwork by Kurt Cobain, is back up for bid on eBay, this time with no reserve. Pictured above: the van and supporting documents, including an affidavit from ex-Melvins/Mudhoney bassist Matt Lukin.
Read the Everybody Loves Our Town Tumblr’s past Melvan coverage here.
Members of Alice in Chains onstage with Poison, early ’90s. (Photo via Metal Sludge; H/T MetalSucks)
“In ’91, I got Alice in Chains to play a bunch of Northwest dates with [Poison]. All I knew was they were starting to break out big. I had a little studio at my house in Malibu, and in probably ’93, Jerry and those guys came out and we sang, wrote music, partied, had a good time. I was talkin’ to Jerry, and we both addressed how now there was supposed to be this anger and hatred between us. I said, ‘We don’t hate each other, right?’ We both laughed, and he goes, ‘I grew up on Sabbath and Kiss.’ And I said, ‘Me, too.’ And he said, ‘I know we’re supposed to not like each other, but you’re a cool dude.’ We were laughing about the media portraying us as such enemies. If you like somebody, you like somebody.”
—Poison singer Bret Michaels, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
The Melvins’ onetime van, a 1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal dubbed the Melvan, is now up for auction on eBay. Kiss portraits by Kurt Cobain, made “using sharpie markers shoplifted from the Thriftway grocery store in Montesano Washington,” per the listing. (H/T jukeboxgraduate)
Update: Facebook post by the seller with details on the van’s provenance (note: it is not being sold by Tad Doyle of TAD fame).
DOWN IN THE DARK - A Kurt Cobain Mix
- Punk Rock (Interview) - Kurt Cobain
- Divine and Bright - Earth (w/ Kurt Cobain, Kelly Canary)
- Do You Love Me? (Kiss cover) - Nirvana
- Down in the Dark - Mark Lanegan (w/ Kurt Cobain)
- Spank Thru (1985 Fecal Matter Demo) - Nirvana
- Talk to Me (Live) - Nirvana
- The Money Will Roll Right In (Live) - Nirvana
- Asking For It - Hole (w/ Kurt Cobain)
- Sappy - Kurt Cobain
- Unknown Jam - Nirvana