JELLO & THE MELVINS: SIEG HOWDY! LP's BACK IN STOCK!
For the first time in FAR too long, we have repressed the vinyl LP for the classic second album by Jello Biafra and The Melvins, Sieg Howdy!
A mix of originals, covers, and even remixes by Al Jourgensen (MINISTRY, LARD), Dalek, and the Deaf Nephews! Sieg Howdy! includes a 7", a download card, and incredible artwork by Camille Rose Garcia!
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It starts off with a heavier-than-life version of the Alice Cooper cult classic, â€œHalo of Flies,â€ an intricate tune that alternately slithers and crushes, the band then proceed to treat us to a completely different extended take of their tune â€œThe Lighter Side of Global Terrorismâ€ (Jelloâ€™s Hawkwind influence showed through when he asked The Melvins to create a take on the song similar to their cover of â€œYouth of Americaâ€ by The Wipers). With the first two harrowing tracks clocking in at over fifteen minutes -this is not what youâ€™d expect from a Jello record â€“ steering into a more Melvinoid direction, but remaining distinctly separate from anything easily definable â€“ far from a mishmash or outtakes collection, even the Jelvins were surprised at how well Sieg Howdy! flowed as an album.
Through the course of the album the band (yes, they sound like a proper band, not a â€œproject!â€) erupts with colors of its respective players in turns. Biafraâ€™s spleen-venting rants â€œVoted off the Islandâ€ and â€œThose Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)â€ are among his most acerbic (not to mention insightful!), and The Melvinsâ€™ cathartic drum and guitar workouts pummel brilliantly through â€œLessons in What Not to Becomeâ€ and the septic all bass-chug of Kevin Rutmanis (making his final appearance on vinyl with The Melvins on this album) and Buzzo that anchors â€œWholly Buy Bull.â€
Of course, the cherry on top is Jello and the lads ripping through a new, updated version of â€œKalifornia Ãœber Allesâ€ â€“ as sung by the GropenfÃ¼hrer himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger! With Jelloâ€™s unmistakable wit and even more distinctive punk-rock croon fully intact, itâ€™s a breath of fresh air to hear a live Jello classic sound the way it was intended to for a change!
The albumâ€™s remaining remixed tracks serve to deepen the impression that what has been created throughout the course of this collaboration is the work of a band â€“ A band whose songs have enough depth to remain interesting in new and sonic environs. Dalekâ€™s chilling reworking of â€œDawn of the Locustsâ€ brings the song into a completely different light, and Al Jourgensenâ€™s (Ministry) take on â€œEnchanted Thoughtfistâ€ is so cold and almost new-wave-y that it works brilliantly. The tone of the track reaches waaay back into the Ministry back catalog, surprising even Al himself! Then the fresh new tag-team Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover and Toshi, the albumâ€™s engineer) reshape â€œCaped Crusaderâ€ into a disturbing cartoon version of itself to round out the record. The fact that these songs are open to this kind of interpretation, and that these interpretations work so well is a testament to the quality with which they were crafted in the first place.
Once again, the band is joined by Adam Jones from Tool on guitar for over half the tracks! 27 minutes of new and never before heard Jello Biafra and The Melvins and 17 minutes of remixed weirdness from the groupâ€™s friends has created a record that surpasses its predecessor in sheer sonic audacity and is an extremely satisfying listen in its own right. Whether you missed the boat the first time around, or you couldnâ€™t get enough of Never Breathe What You Canâ€™t See, itâ€™s time to stand up, put your right hand over your heart, extend that middle finger, and say it loud â€“ say it proud â€“ SEIG HOWDY!