Houdini (album)

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Back cover
Here are a couple pictures of Buzz taken during the early Houdini sessions in 1992 at Razor's Edge, San Francisco, sent to me by Billy Anderson
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Houdini was released in 1993 on Atlantic Records. It is generally regarded as one of their more accessible albums.

  • 82532 - Cassette and CD
  • Tracks: 12 Total Time: 44:36
  • Tracks: 13 Total Time: 54:50 (on some CDs)

  • (1993) ATLANTIC RECORDS (German Pressing)
  • 7567-82532-1 - LP

  • (1993) AMPHETAMINE REPTILE RECORDS (U.S. Pressing of 5000)
  • AmRep 532-1 - LP

  • (April 27, 2011) TOWER RECORDS/ATLANTIC RECORDS (Japanese Re-release on Super High Material CD)
  • WQCP-1030 - SHM-CD
  • also contains "Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)" as the 14th track at the end of the disc, coming after "Spread Eagle Beagle".

  • (December 14, 2018) MUSIC ON VINYL
  • MOVLP2130 - LP - Black Vinyl

  • (July 5, 2019) MUSIC ON VINYL
  • MOVLP2130C - LP - Silver Vinyl

Kurt Cobain produced tracks 1, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13 along with Melvins. He played on "Sky Pup" and the percussion-only "Spread Eagle Beagle".

The entire album was recorded live and released as A Live History of Gluttony and Lust in 2006.

Cover Versions;

Track listing

  1. "Hooch" (Melvins) – 2:51
  2. "Night Goat" (Melvins) – 4:41
  3. "Lizzy" (Melvins) – 4:43
  4. "Going Blind" (Simmons/Coronel) – 4:32
  5. "Honey Bucket" (Melvins) – 3:01
  6. "Hag Me" (Melvins) – 7:06
  7. "Set Me Straight" (Melvins) – 2:25
  8. "Sky Pup" (Melvins) – 3:50
  9. "Joan Of Arc" (Melvins) – 3:36
  10. "Teet" (Melvins) – 2:51
  11. "Copache" (Melvins) – 2:07
  12. "Pearl Bomb" (Melvins) – 2:45
  13. "Spread Eagle Beagle" (Melvins) – 10:13


  • Some copies include a cover of "Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)", originally by the MC5, instead of "Spread Eagle Beagle".
  • The back cover shows an illustration of the band; Dale Crover on the left, Lori "Lorax" Black in the middle and King Buzzo on the right. Note that in the illustration, each member has 6 fingers.
  • Here is some interesting information sent in by Alan [1]:
    • "I worked at the recording studio where the Melvins recorded Houdini. I was only there a couple of times a week, but the only person I ever saw play bass was Billy Anderson. I never heard mention of anyone else. Buzz was a little angry that Cobain didn't come down early and do any pre-production for the album. Buzz felt that Kurt could have done more to shape the sound, talking about ideas, rather than just showing up to watch someone hit record. I talked to the other people who worked there and they said all they ever saw Cobain do was sleep. I felt that Billy was more of a producer on that album than anyone else. My favorite memory of talking to Buzz was on the first day, and we're just waiting around. He said something like, "I just did this interview for this guitar magazine, and they ask me about my technique. And I say, 'technique I don't have any technique, I just play.'"


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