The Melvins was founded by Buzz Osbourne (a.k.a. King Buzzo; vocals/guitar) who quickly recruited Lori Beck (bass) and Dale Cover (drums) and other come-by-chance members to debut in 1987 with the so-so Gluey Porch Treatments. Mixing Black Sabbath and Swans, Melvins managed to improve enough to land a major deal with Atlantic' but not before a set of amateurish activities in the form of Ozma (1990), Bullhead (1991; with Matt Lukin replacing Beck, and Joe Preston replacing Lukin who left to join Mudhoney, and later adding Dale Nixon as another guitarist). Much in the style of Kiss, all three band members released solo self-named EPs simultaneously, and Lysol would be a compilation of those EPs in 1992. Most notably during this time, Kurt Cobain was their roadie, culminating in his participation with them on their 1993 Houdini effort on Atlantic', but his participation failed to help its sales any, and his endeavors in Nirvana meant he was moving on to bigger and better things anyhow.
Stoner Witch (1994), Stag (1996) and Honey (1997) followed, all of which proved to be second rate in the eyes of the marketplace causing them to loose their major label status and resigned to the indie Amphetamine Reptile' with the aforementioned Honey. The Maggot (1999) was the first of a trilogy now on Mike Patton's Ipecac' imprint label. The Maggot's most endearing work was a rework of Peter Green's Green Manalishi. The Bootlicker (1999) was easier on the ear, while The Crybaby (2000), the last in the set, featured a group of carefully selected guest musicians in the form of Foetus' Jim Thirlwell, Helmet's Henry Bogner and even Hank Williams III (yes that's right!), and even featured a Leif Garret reading of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, alongside trashing renditions of Hank Williams' (the original) Ramblin' Man and Merle Haggart's Okie From Muskogee. Their final set thus far, Electroretard (2001), was basically an attempt to give selected songs from their back catalogue a new electronic face, and even including a cover of Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive.