Dale Crover

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Dale Crover
Dale Crover performs at Toad's Place in October 2006
Dale Crover performs at Toad's Place in October 2006
Background information
Born (1967-10-23) October 23, 1967 (age 52)
OriginAberdeen, Washington, United States
GenresSludge metal, grunge, hardcore punk, experimental rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, engineer, producer
InstrumentsDrums, vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, sitar
LabelsAmphetamine Reptile, Joyful Noise Recordings, et. al
Associated actsAcid King, Honky, Altamont, Fantômas, Fecal Matter, Hank Williams III, Melvins, Men of Porn, Nirvana, Shrinebuilder, Crystal Fairy, Off!

Dale Crover (born October 23, 1967) is an American rock musician. Crover is best known as the drummer for Melvins, and has also been the drummer for Men of Porn, Shrinebuilder, Crystal Fairy, and, for a brief time, Nirvana. He is also guitarist and vocalist for Altamont. He has also toured with Fantômas (filling in for Dave Lombardo), Off!, and Redd Kross.


Melvins recruited Crover on drums in 1984 from an Iron Maiden cover band, following original drummer Mike Dillard's departure.[1] In late 1985, Crover played bass in Fecal Matter, a band he formed with Kurt Cobain and Greg Hokanson. After Hokanson left the band, Cobain and Crover recorded Illiteracy Will Prevail[2] on a 4-track in December 1985 at Cobain's aunt's home in Seattle, Washington. Crover played bass and drums on the demo. "Spank Thru" from this demo appears on the Nirvana album Sliver: The Best of the Box. Fecal Matter disbanded in 1986.[3]

Crover drummed on Nirvana's ten-song demo recorded January 23, 1988 at Reciprocal Recording Studios in Seattle. Nine of these songs have been officially released:[4]

  • Floyd the Barber, Paper Cuts and DownerBleach
  • Beeswax, Downer, Hairspray Queen, Mexican Seafood and Aero ZeppelinIncesticide
  • If You Must and Pen Cap ChewWith the Lights Out

Nirvana with Crover played a 14-song show in Tacoma, Washington, on the night of the same day that they did the demo session. Three cuts from the show – Downer, Floyd the Barber and Raunchola/Moby Dick – appear on With the Lights Out.[5] Later in 1988, Crover and Melvins' bandmate Buzz Osborne relocated to San Francisco, California.

Crover briefly rejoined Nirvana during a short west-coast tour with Sonic Youth in August 1990.[6] In April 1991, Crover drummed on a demo version of Drain You with Cobain on guitar and vocals and Dave Grohl on bass. The track appears on With the Lights Out.[7]

Crover is also credited as the drummer on most of the tracks on Mike Patton's Peeping Tom project from 2006.

In 1994, Crover founded the band Altamont with Joey Osbourne and Dan Southwick of Acid King. He produced and performed additional vocals on Acid King's début release that year. During this time he was also married to Acid King's frontwoman Lori S., but they divorced. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2014. Although not officially inducted with the band, he was singled out for his work with them during Crover's successor Dave Grohl's acceptance speech.

Crover joined L.A. veterans Redd Kross for their 2017 American tour.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Maureen, their daughter, Scarlett, and their son, Cassius.


Dale Crover has made an appearance in Neil Young's video "Harvest Moon".[8]


Date of release Title Label Credited for Catalog number
1994 Acid King: Acid King Sympathy for the Record Industry Additional vocals
1996 Dale Crover: Drumb Man's Ruin Records Performer
September 7, 1999 Hank Williams III: Risin' Outlaw Curb Records drums on "Cocaine Blues"
October 19, 2004 Men of Porn: Wine, Women and Song Small Stone Records drums SS-047
October 2009 Shrinebuilder: Shrinebuilder Neurot Recordings drums NR070
February 2015 Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends: The Enemy of Everyone Seismic Wave Entertainment drums SW013
May 2016 Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends: The Art of Murder drums SW014
September 2019 Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends: Protons and Electrons drums SW027
December 2020 Plan D Joyful Noise Recordings drums JNR 309


Date of Release Title Label Credited for Catalog Number
August 2016 Skins Joyful Noise Recordings Performer
July 2017 The Fickle Finger of Fate Performer JNR235
August 2019 Sell Out Seismic Wave Entertainment Vocals, Guitar SW026

with Altamont[edit]

Date of Release Title Label Credited for Catalog Number
May 27, 1997 Wanted Dead or Alive (split album with Acid King) Man's Ruin Records MR-072
October 13, 1998 Civil War Fantasy MR-085
March 26, 1999 In the Groove (Compilation album, Rattlesnake Shake) The Music Cartel
July 10, 2000 Right in the Nuts (Compilation album, Make It) Small Stone Records
May 1, 2001 Our Darling Man's Ruin Records MR-2020
November 1, 2005 The Monkee's Uncle AntAcidAudio AAA-995

with Melvins[edit]

Date of Release Title Label Credited for Catalog Number
1986 Six Songs C/Z Records CZ002
1987 Gluey Porch Treatments Alchemy Records VM103
1989 Ozma Boner Records BR16-2
August 21, 1991 Kill Rock Stars (Compilation album, Ever Since My Accident) Kill Rock Stars KSR 201
1991 Your Choice Live Series Vol.12 Your Choice Records YC-LS 012
1991 Bullhead Boner Records BR25-2
1991 Eggnog BR28-2
1992 Salad of a Thousand Delights Box Dog Video BDV002
1992 Dale Crover Boner Records BR33-2
1992 Lysol (aka Melvins) BR35-2
September 21, 1993 Houdini Atlantic Records 82532-2
August 1994 Prick Amphetamine Reptile Records AmRep 031
September 1994 Stoner Witch Atlantic Records 82704-2
July 15, 1996 Stag 82878-2
May 5, 1997 Honky Amphetamine Reptile Records AmRep 064-2
August 26, 1997 Singles 1–12 AmRep 063
1998 Alive at the Fucker Club AmRep 072
May 17, 1999 The Maggot Ipecac Recordings IPC-002
August 23, 1999 The Bootlicker IPC-004
February 7, 2000 The Crybaby IPC-006
November 27, 2000 Gluey Porch Treatments IPC-012
February 6, 2001 Electroretard Man's Ruin Records MR2002
April 16, 2001 Colossus of Destiny Ipecac Recordings IPC-014
April 1, 2002 Millennium Monsterwork 2000 with Fantômas IPC-019
April 15, 2002 Hostile Ambient Takeover IPC-020
March 11, 2003 26 Songs IPC-038
September 16, 2003 Melvinmania: The Best Of The Atlantic Years 1993–1996 Atlantic Records 5050466574428
March 9, 2004 Neither Here Nor There Ipecac Recordings IPC-047
August 23, 2004 Pigs of the Roman Empire with Lustmord IPC-054
October 19, 2004 Never Breathe What You Can't See with Jello Biafra Alternative Tentacles Virus300
September 26, 2005 Sieg Howdy! with Jello Biafra Virus350
May 16, 2006 A Live History of Gluttony and Lust
Houdini Live 2005
Ipecac Recordings IPC-076
October 10, 2006 (A) Senile Animal IPC-082
July 8, 2008 Nude With Boots IPC-105
June 1, 2010 The Bride Screamed Murder IPC-112
June 5, 2012 Freak Puke (Melvins Lite) IPC-136
April 30, 2013 Everybody Loves Sausages IPC-144
November 5, 2013 Tres Cabrones IPC-150
October 14, 2014 Hold It In IPC-164
April 1, 2016 Three Men and a Baby with Mike Kunka Sub Pop SP 1147
June 3, 2016 Basses Loaded Ipecac Recordings IPC-178
July 7, 2017 A Walk with Love & Death IPC-195
April 20, 2018 Pinkus Abortion Technician IPC-201

with Nirvana[edit]

Date of Release Title Label Credited for Catalog Number
June 15, 1989 Bleach (On the songs "Floyd the Barber", "Paper Cuts" and "Downer") Sub Pop SP-034
November 21, 1989 Teriyaki Asthma,Volume 1 (Compilation album, "Mexican Seafood") C/Z Records CZ009
August 21, 1991 Kill Rock Stars (Compilation album, "Beeswax") Kill Rock Stars KRS-201
November 1991 Teriyaki Asthma Vols.I-V (Compilation album, "Mexican Seafood") C/Z Records CZ037
December 14, 1992 Incesticide (On the songs "Beeswax", "Downer", "Mexican Seafood", "Hairspray Queen", and "Aero Zeppelin") DGC Records DGCD-24504
November 23, 2004 With the Lights Out (On the songs "If You Must", "Pen Cap Chew", "Downer", "Floyd the Barber", "Raunchola/Moby Dick", and "Drain You") Geffen Records B0003727-00
November 1, 2005 Sliver: The Best of the Box (On the song "Drain You")


  1. ^ Buzz Osborne. "Liner Notes to Mangled Demos from 1983". Ipecac Recordings. May 31, 2005.
  2. ^ Gillian Gaar. "Nirvana Timeline, Booklet to With the Lights Out". Geffen Records/Universal Music Group. November 23, 2004.
  3. ^ Michael Azerrad. "Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana". Doubleday, 1993. ISBN 0-385-47199-8.
  4. ^ Live Nirvana: Studio session: January 23, 1988.
  5. ^ Live Nirvana, Tour history: January 23, 1988.
  6. ^ Nirvana Live Guide, August 1990 tour (08/16/90-08/25/90) Archived November 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Live Nirvana - Sessions History - Practice Sessions - (The Retards) April, 1991 - Melvins practice space & Crover residence, San Francisco, CA, US". Livenirvana.com. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "Dale Crover". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
Preceded by
Mike Dillard
Melvins Drummer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Aaron Burckhard
Chad Channing
Nirvana Drummer (two stints)
January 1988
August 1990
Succeeded by
Dave Foster
Dan Peters