Initial album cover.
|Studio album by Melvins|
|Released||February 6 2001|
|Recorded||2000 at Louder Studios in San Francisco, California, USA (Tracks 2 - 6)|
|Genre||Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk Rock, Noise Rock|
|Label||Man's Ruin Records|
|Producer||Tim Green (2 - 6); Joe Barresi (1, 7, 8)|
| The Crybaby |
| Electroretard |
| Colossus of Destiny |
Electroretard is the thirteenth album by Melvins and the only full-length to be released via Man's Ruin Records in 2001, mere months before the label folded. Considered to be one of their more experimental efforts the album is largely comprised of covers and re-recorded songs. The main portion of the album was recorded at Louder Studios in 2000 and mixed at Speed Semen Clove Factory while three of the tracks were recorded and mixed by Joe Barresi at A&M Studios. Mark Deutrom played bass on "Tipping The Lion" and "Interstellar Overdrive" but is not credited on the original version. The original CD also gives special thanks to "Kozik" and "A.Hitler".
A vinyl version of the album was originally proposed in 2001 (With some test pressings known to exist.) but Man's Ruin folded before the album could be pressed and released. This has led to the album being bootlegged on vinyl over the years. A CD re-issue was made for letter-press CDs for the Melvins' tours in 2012 and 2013, along with the 13 CD boxset. Electroretard was also packaged as a bonus album with The Bulls and The Bees on 2 June 2015 via Ipecac, crediting Deutrom and shortening "Shit Storm" to one minute. This compilation was supposed to see a vinyl 2LP package but for reasons unknown never came to fruition.
On 5 May 2020 it would be announced that Amphetamine Reptile Records would re-issue the album. Along with a "cheapy $5 CD" the album would see it's first official vinyl issue, nearly twenty years after it's original release.
- 1. Melvins (4:06) (Melvins)
- 2. Youth of America (9:16) (Greg Sage)
- 3. Gluey Porch Treatments (0:47) (Buzz Osborne)
- 4. Revolve (4:20) (Osborne, Mark Deutrom)
- 5. Missing (4:09) (Cows)
- 6. Lovely Butterflies (6:02) (Melvins)
- 7. Tipping The Lion (3:47) (Osborne)
- 8. Interstellar Overdrive (9:49) (Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright)
- 1. Shit Storm - A back-masked version of "Revolve" from the 1994 album Stoner Witch, with added effects and even samples of other Melvins songs. The version used is from the studio album itself and not the re-worked version here.
- 2. Youth of America - A cover of The Wipers, from their 1981 album Youth of America. This recording would also appear on a 2011 EP entitled Sludge Glamorous.
- 3. Gluey Porch Treatments - A re-recording of the title track from the Melvins' 1987 album Gluey Porch Treatments.
- 4. Revolve - A re-recording of "Revolve" from the 1994 album Stoner Witch. This re-imagined version also appeared as a single with a live rendition of "With Teeth" as the b-side.
- 5. Missing - A cover of The Cows, from their 1991 album Peacetika.
- 6. Lovely Butterflies - A re-recording of Lovely Butterfly from the Melvins' 1997 album Honky.
- 7. Tipping The Lion - An alternate version of "Tipping The Lion" (Sometimes known as "Tipping The Lion B") from the Melvins' 1996 album Stag. This rendition would initially appear as a b-side to the single for "The Bit" along with a 10" EP released via Man's Ruin Records in 1996.
- 8. Interstelar Overdrive - A cover of Pink Floyd, from their 1967 album Piper At The Gates of Dawn. This cover would initially appear as a b-side to the single for "The Bit" along with a 10" EP released via Man's Ruin Records in 1996.
- King Buzzo - Guitar, Vocals, RMS 2000
- Dale - Drums, Vocals, RMS 2000
- Kevin - Bass (2 - 6), Slide Bass, String Arrangements, Vocals, RMS 2000
- Mark Deutrom - Bass (1, 7, 8; Uncredited)
- Mac Mann - Keyboards (8; Uncredited)
- Tim Green - Engineer (1 - 6)
- Joe Barresi - Engineer (1, 7, 8)
- Michael Rozon - Mixing
- John Golden - Mastering
- Frank Kozik - Artwork