Lysol (album)

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Lysol
Melvins-lysol-melvins.jpg
Studio album by Melvins
Released 1992
Genre Drone doom[1]
Length 31:21
Label Boner
Melvins chronology
Joe Preston
(1992)
Lysol
(1992)
Houdini
(1993)

Lysol (also known as Melvins, Untitled and Lice-all) is the fourth album by the Melvins, released in 1992 on Boner Records.

The album cover is a painting based on a sculpture by Cyrus Edwin Dallin named Appeal to the Great Spirit. The image also appears on The Beach Boys in Concert, on the logo for Brother Records, and on the cover of The Time Is Near by the Keef Hartley Band.

The album was recorded in less than a week, according to the band's official website.[2] The album consists of six separate tracks, which were mastered and assembled as one "megacomposition". It also features covers of Flipper's "Sacrifice" and Alice Cooper's "The Ballad of Dwight Fry."[3] The album has been credited as an influence on the drone doom genre and the band Sunn O))).[1]

Title[edit]

Boner Records was unaware that Lysol was a registered trademark until after the first batch of record jackets and CD booklets/back cards had already been printed. Lysol sent a staff member to go undercover as an interviewer for a magazine to find out information about the record, as they did not want their name on the album. Boner officially retitled the record Melvins and covered the word Lysol with black tape on the front of the jackets and booklets and with black ink on the spines. Early after the initial release, the tape and ink were easily removed, and many fans did so. Later, attempting to remove the tape would result in severe damage. Subsequent printings omitted the word Lysol entirely.[3][4]

On January 20, 2015, Boner re-released the album in a double LP combo with Eggnog. The title was changed to "Lice-all," presumably to avoid the trademark but maintain the phonetic recognition.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

AllMusic critic Ned Raggett wrote: "The logical extension of the sheer monstrosity of the band's work up to that time, with longer and longer songs, its first two parts alone are jawdroppers."[3] Ira Robbins of Trouser Press described the record as "weird and wonderful". Robbins also further stated: "The first half is a big gulp of guitar distortion into which the rhythm section weighs in from time to time; at the twelve-minute mark, the arrival of a steady beat and vocals shape it into a bone- crushing mother of a song."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Buzz Osborne, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hung Bunny"   10:42
2. "Roman Dog Bird"   7:38
3. "Sacrifice" Will Shatter 6:11
4. "Second Coming" Alice Cooper 1:14
5. "The Ballad of Dwight Fry" Michael Owen Bruce, Cooper 3:11
6. "With Teeth"   2:26

No edition of the album gives a track listing. In the CD edition, the entire six song program is presented as one continuous and unbroken track.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gardner, Noel (October 2, 2009). "Melvins - Chicken Switch review". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Melvins Lysol". The Melvins. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Raggett, Ned. "Lysol review". Allmusic. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Robbins, Ira. "Melvins". Trouser Press. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ "The Melvins Resurrect Early Material for New Vinyl Reissues". Exclaim. Retrieved November 20, 2014.