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Hear Melvins Lite Cover Paul McCartney’s ‘Let Me Roll It’

Melvins Lite Freak Puke
Ipecac Records

The Melvins — operating under a special three-piece Melvins Lite persona — deliver a powerful version of Paul McCartney‘s ‘Let Me Roll It’ on their new album ‘Freak Puke,’ which hits stores June 5.

The song, originally found on McCartney’s 1973 album ‘Band on the Run,’ features a twisting, sputtering guitar line and an overall sense of dynamics perfectly suited for the group.

Frontman Buzz Osbourne bellows mightily and ratchets up the menace a bit vocally compared to the former Beatle‘s version. But otherwise, he and his longtime drumming partner Dale Crover, joined for this album by bassist Trevor Dunn, play things relatively straight.

If you think covering this track is somehow an unhip choice for a band who’ve so doggedly followed their own path over the last three decades, Osbourne’s here to set you straight, telling the Nashville Scene:

“I can’t go, ‘I hate this band because they’re on a major label,’ or, ‘I hate them because they’re popular.’ That’s not me, I’ve never felt that way. I’m a music fan; I don’t care how much it sells. The bottom line for me is not sales as far as the quality of the music goes. If that was the case, then I couldn’t listen to the Beatles. I love the Beatles, the Stones, Jimi Hendrix. I’m not going to like that stuff because it’s popular? There’s no way. I’m not that perverse. I’m not just trying to be weird. ‘Now that everybody likes this it’s not going to be a part of my exclusive club anymore, therefore I think it sucks.’ F— that, who has time for that? If that’s what you’re into then you’re not into music.”

Listen to ‘Let Me Roll It’ by Melvins Lite

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