Unbelievably, it’s been nearly 30 years since the sludge metal kingpins Melvins came together in Montesano, Washington, playing Cream covers and sped-up punk. In the time since they’ve evolved/devolved most happily through subgenres of grunge, stoner stock, and drone, with the lone constants being Dale Crover (drums, 1984 on), vocalist Buzz “King Buzzo” Osbourne (founding member, 1983). What does Sugar Daddy Live
contain? A raucous hodge-podge of songs from Senile Animal
(“Civilized Worm”) and Nude With Boots
(the feedback-heavy “Dog Island”) and a few stragglers. It’s a great starting point for the Melvins curious out there.