Published on October 1st, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


The Melvins’ Dale Crover On The New “Five Legged Dog” Album, His Recent Solo Album, KISS & More

If you know your rock history, you ought to know that without The Melvins, there would probably have been no Nirvana. The Melvins — as headed by Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover — have also been documented as having influenced the likes of Tool, Soundgarden, Helmet, Lamb Of God, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Faith No More’s Mike Patton. In turn, without The Melvins, who’s to say what rock music — or even rock-influenced pop music — would have sounded like over the last 30 years?

As due out on October 15, 2021, The Melvins have created a career-spanning, 36-song acoustic collection that features classic tracks (including “Honey Bucket,” “Boris” and “Night Goat”), songs from their Big Business era (e.g. “Billy Fish,” “Evil New War God,”), as well as including an eclectic collection of covers (Brainiac’s “Flypaper,” Fred Neil/Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talking” and The Rolling Stones’ “Sway”) by the name of Five Legged Dog. The catch, you ask? These are acoustic-y takes on the songs. The release will be a dual-disc release, as well as a 4LP vinyl slipcase version, thanks to long-time record company for The Melvins, the Mike Patton co-owned label Ipecac Records.

On October 1, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Melvins drummer Dale Crover via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond Five Legged Dog, Crover and I discussed his recent solo album, Gene Simmons and KISS, other rock influences, future plans, and how great it is to work with Ipecac Records. More on Crover and Five Legged Dog can be found by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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