Prick (Melvins album)

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Studio album by Melvins
Released August 5, 1994
Recorded April 1994
Genre Experimental rock
Length 43:31
Label Amphetamine Reptile
Producer Melvins
Melvins chronology
Stoner Witch
(1994)Stoner Witch1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Prick is the sixth studio album by the Melvins which was released in 1994 through Amphetamine Reptile Records under the name ƧИIV⅃ƎM. It has been said that because the Melvins already had a contract with Atlantic Records, Prick was released with the band name in mirror writing, which resulted in some sites such as RateYourMusic[2] crediting it to Snivlem.

The album displays a distinctly experimental quality, with an eclectic selection including field recordings, electronic effects and loops, band jam sessions, a stereotypical drum solo that segues into an archetypal heavy metal guitar solo, and a track that's introduced as "pure digital silence" -- followed by silence for a minute. Singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne has stated that Prick is "a total noise crap record we did strictly for the weirdness factor. Complete and utter nonsense, a total joke."[3]

The band claimed that they wanted to call the album Kurt Kobain but changed it after Cobain's death to eliminate the possibility of people mistaking it for a tribute record. They implied that Cobain was actually the titular "prick", because he died and therefore forced them to change the album's name.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Melvins.

1."How About"4:15
3."Pick It n' Flick It"1:39
5."Chief Ten Beers"6:28
7."Chalk People"1:16
8."Punch the Lion"3:14
9."Pure Digital Silence"1:32
11."Roll Another One"14:20


Additional personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
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  3. ^ Guitar World (1995). "The Father the Son and the Holy Grunge". Interview. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Brian Walsby (1994). "MASSIVE MELVINS INTERVIEW FROM THE PRE-"STONER WITCH" ERA". Interview. Retrieved September 2, 2010.