The Bootlicker
The Bootlicker
On the light side of things.
Studio album by Melvins
Released August 23 1999
Recorded January 1999 at Louder Studios in San Fransisco, California
Genre Indie Rock, Experimental Rock
Length 39:59
Producer Tim Green, The Melvins
Melvins chronology
The Maggot
The Bootlicker
The Crybaby

The Bootlicker is the eleventh studio album by Melvins and only Ipecac Recordings' fourth release in August 1999. In a polar opposite to previous album The Maggot this album aims more towards to a lighter rock sound with heavy hints of experimentation.


Writing and RecordingEdit

Upon being signed to Ipecac Recordings the Melvins would begin work on their next studio album at the time with then new bassist Kevin Rutmanis but in a twist the band opted to present three albums in the span of one year to the label to which owner Mike Patton agreed. The band recorded two contrasting albums in the same sessions, that of which being this album and The The Maggot. The end of this record features a bit of digital silence and a spooky sample of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to transition to the next album.

The Trilogy VinylEdit

The Trilogy was later released on vinyl by Ipecac Recordings (The Trilogy Vinyl, IPC-011, November 27, 2000) with the other two albums in said trilogy. On the back sleeve of the vinyl a warning is included that reads, "Contents include imagery that may be considered offensive or dangerous. Don't be a dumb ass." The artwork is offensive, but is quoted to be a joke by the band with Side B contradicting the artwork of Side A for each vinyl). In the case of The Bootlicker Side A of the second vinyl is a picture of the symbol for the Black Panther Party and side B is the KKK symbol. Notably the silence at the end of "Prig" and spooky sample of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" are omitted.

Melvins - The Bootlicker (Full Album)

Melvins - The Bootlicker (Full Album)


All songs written by Buzz Osborne.

  • 1. Toy (1:09)
  • 2. Let It All Be (10:48)
  • 3. Black Santa (3:41)
  • 4. We We (0:57)
  • 5. Up The Dumper (2:23)
  • 6. Mary Lady Bobby Kins (3:37)
  • 7. Jew Boy Flower Head (6:06)
  • 8. Lone Rose Holding Now (2:23)
  • 9. Prig (8:47) (7:28 on vinyl version)


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