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thunderdome: melvins vs pixies

Postby BClark on Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:56 pm

had this debate recently with a friend of mine: which is the better band? i said melvins. but my friend was rather insistent that the pixies were better. anyhow...

melvins vs pixies??

(someone, in the velvets vs ccr poll, argued for the velvets, citing "influence" as a factor... along these lines, i should point out that the pixies gave us oasis, weezer, modest mouse, arctic monkeys, etc, while the melvins gave us neurosis, earth, mastodon, eyehategod, high on fire, isis, crowbar, boris, etc; this leaves us with the melvins as the overwhelmingly "more important" band).
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Postby Wood Goblin on Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:19 pm

Although I haven't really followed them since the mid-90s, I love the Melvins. And live, there's no questions: Melvins were 100-fold better live than the Pixies.

But the Pixies are my favorite band.

As far as what your friend said, I don't hear any sonic similarities between those two bands whatsoever. They couldn't be more different.

This thunderdome does make sense in one regard: if you put the Pixies and the Melvins into a blender, you'd end up with Nirvana, who managed to mix the two influences without sound derivative of either one.
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Postby buzzsaw on Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:29 pm

the Melvins by ten miles.
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Postby motorbike guy on Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:35 pm

Melvins, but a country mile. The pixies were a kind of neato nifty college rock band. Surfer Rosa was a good record, but that's all I ever cared about from them.


The Melvins, on the other hand are one of my favorite bands. They were my gateway band into heavy music. They are like all the good parts of metal distilled into one band. Continually evolving and entertaining.
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Postby Heliotropic on Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:37 pm

When I bought Doolittle in my early high school years I honestly had to force myself to listen to it more than a few cursory times. Not much has changed. Doolittle is an incredibly unbalanced album; saved only by five or six tracks, but ultimately weighed down by the other two thirds of the album, discouraging me from taking even an idle interest in that album.

My feelings on this album extend to the Pixies' overall output.

The Melvins, on the other hand, are always appealing to me.
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Postby projectMalamute on Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:39 pm

Melvins. Not even close.
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Postby Marsupialized on Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:39 pm

I don't give a fuck about either one.

I have seen both a few times and enjoyed myself but it's nothing I'd get excited about or want to listen to at home.

The Pixies have some real good pop songs, The Melvins have a lot of interesting twists and turns in their history.

Kim Deal seems like someone I'd get along with.

The Melvins put out unlistenable noise once and awhile, which I like.

Eh, it's a toss up.

Melvins I guess.
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Postby Bernardo on Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:47 pm

I like the Melvins a lot, but the Pixies were my favourite band way back in the early 90´s, when I was first getting into music, and their records will always do it for me. The Pixies.
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Postby chairman_hall on Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:02 pm

Melvins win this by a country mile.
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Postby pabs on Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:05 pm

Going on the records here.

The Pixies were unique - no-one has come close - taking pop as far as it can possibly go.

Melvins didn't occupy the same the same space.
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Postby kenoki on Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:25 pm

personally, the pixies. never got into the melvins.
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Postby Mark Van Deel on Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:04 pm

Pixies I love. Frank's a tremendously gifted pop song writer, Kim's voice breaks my heart, etc.

Melvins I've never heard outside of seeing them live once. And then I didn't get it. Just sounded like boring sludge.

So Pixies by the distance from the Earth to Jupiter.
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Postby drew patrick on Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:28 pm

This "Thunderdome" matchup does not even make sense.
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Postby AnthonyVillalobos on Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:31 pm

Pixies.


Great records.

Melvins are cool. Just doesn't hit me like the Pixies does.

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Postby Mark Van Deel on Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:33 pm

drew patrick wrote:This "Thunderdome" matchup does not even make sense.


It does seem a little like "What's better: Dogs or Cheese?".
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Postby Sebastian J. on Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:50 pm

Melvins, hands down. I got into Melvins way before Pixies, sure, I dig Pixies but sometimes I get bored with them.
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Postby Ernest on Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:56 pm

The Melvins for me. Nothing the Pixies ever did grabbed my attention like "Houdini" did.
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Postby BClark on Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:10 pm

Mark Van Deel wrote:
drew patrick wrote:This "Thunderdome" matchup does not even make sense.


It does seem a little like "What's better: Dogs or Cheese?".


since i posted it, i should explain. i think it's a legit matchup in the sense that each band had an unprecedented take on dynamics (and soft/loud arrangements), both had some killer distorted guitar tones, both were very influential and have some sort of "sacred cow" status / cult followings (although i'd say the pixies get more mainstream appreciation), and both were around and making music at about the same time (though, thankfully, the melvins have continued to this day).

anyhow, i got the idea for this thread because me and a friend had debated this the other night. he was talking about the importance of the pixies and argued that the melvins descended from that style. i replied that the melvins were around a bit before the pixies, and that i thought they were a better band anyways.

i do admit that it's kind of a not-legit matchup though. for instance, the melvins are winning... but the pixies are a great band, it's kind of unfair to pit them against the melvins.
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Postby mr.arrison on Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:28 pm

Wood Goblin wrote:if you put the Pixies and the Melvins into a blender, you'd end up with Nirvana


I concur.
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Postby glynnisjohns on Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:39 pm

My favorite Pixies records are the ones nobody likes.

It's always Surfer Rosa & Doolittle blah,blah,blah.

Bossa Nova and Trompe le monde for me.


Melvins have a great wall of noise that i can appreciate more than enjoy.


Pixies for me.
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