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Dale Crover
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Crover performing with Melvins at Toad's Place in 2006
Background information
Born (1967-10-23) October 23, 1967 (age 56)
Origin Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.
Genres Sludge metal, grunge, hardcore punk, experimental rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Labels Joyful Noise Recordings, et al.

Dale Crover (born October 23, 1967) is an American rock musician. Crover is best known as the drummer for Melvins and has also been the drummer for Shrinebuilder, Crystal Fairy and, for a brief time, Nirvana. He is also guitarist and vocalist for Altamont. He has toured with Fantômas (filling in for Dave Lombardo), Off!, and Redd Kross. In 2016, Rolling Stone listed him as the 69th greatest drummer of all time.


Melvins recruited Crover on drums in 1984 from an Iron Maiden cover band, following original drummer Mike Dillard's departure. Crover has been one of the two constant members of the Melvins, along with frontman Buzz Osborne, and is the only band member besides Osborne to appear on all their studio albums. In late 1985, Crover played bass in Fecal Matter, a band he formed with Kurt Cobain and Greg Hokanson. After Hokanson left the band, Cobain and Crover recorded Illiteracy Will Prevail on a 4-track on Easter 1986 at Cobain's aunt's home in Seattle, Washington. Crover played bass and drums on the demo. "Spank Thru" from this demo appears on the Nirvana album Sliver: The Best of the Box. Fecal Matter disbanded in 1986.

Crover drummed on Nirvana's ten-song demo recorded January 23, 1988, at Reciprocal Recording Studios in Seattle. Nine of these songs have been officially released:

  • "Floyd the Barber", "Paper Cuts", and "Downer" – Bleach
  • "Beeswax", "Downer", "Hairspray Queen", "Mexican Seafood", and "Aero Zeppelin"
  • "If You Must" and "Pen Cap Chew" – With the Lights Out

Nirvana with Crover played a 14-song show in Tacoma, Washington, on the night of the same day that they did the demo session. Three cuts from the show – "Downer", "Floyd the Barber", and "Raunchola"/"Moby Dick" – appear on With the Lights Out. Later in 1988, Crover and Melvins' bandmate Buzz Osborne relocated to San Francisco, California.

Crover briefly rejoined Nirvana during a short west-coast tour with Sonic Youth in August 1990. In April 1991, Crover drummed on a demo version of "Drain You" with Cobain on guitar and vocals and Dave Grohl on bass guitar. The track appears on With the Lights Out.

Crover is also credited as the drummer on most of the tracks on Mike Patton's Peeping Tom project from 2006.

In 1994, Crover founded the band Altamont with Joey Osbourne and Dan Southwick of Acid King. He produced and performed additional vocals on Acid King's début release that year. During this time he was also married to Acid King's frontwoman Lori S., but they divorced. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014. Although not officially inducted with the band, he was singled out for his work with them during Crover's successor Dave Grohl's acceptance speech.

He has released several records under his own name and as the Dale Crover Band.


Dale Crover made an appearance in Neil Young's video "Harvest Moon" playing Neil Young. This was largely due to his physical resemblance of the younger Young.

Cartoon versions of Crover and bandmate Osborne appear in an episode of Uncle Grandpa as well.


Date of release Title Label Credited for Catalog number
1994 Acid King: Acid King Sympathy for the Record Industry Additional vocals
1996 Dale Crover: Drumb Man's Ruin Records Performer
September 7, 1999 Hank Williams III: Risin' Outlaw Curb Records
October 2009 Shrinebuilder: Shrinebuilder Neurot Recordings drums NR070
February 2015 Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends: The Enemy of Everyone Seismic Wave Entertainment drums SW013
May 2016 Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends: The Art of Murder drums SW014
September 2019 Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends: Protons and Electrons drums SW027
December 2020 Plan D Joyful Noise Recordings drums JNR 309
December 2020 Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends: Dark Passengers Learning Curve Records drums LCR077-1


Date of release Title Label Album/Single Credited for Catalog number
August 2016 Skins Joyful Noise Recordings Single Performer
July 2017 The Fickle Finger of Fate Album Vocals, Guitar, Drums JNR235
August 2019 Sell Out Seismic Wave Entertainment Single Vocals, Guitar SW026
January 2021 Rat-A-Tat-Tat! Joyful Noise Recordings Album Vocals, Guitar, Drums JNR345

with Altamont

Date of release Title Label Credited for Catalog number
May 27, 1997 Wanted Dead or Alive (split album with Acid King) Man's Ruin Records MR-072
October 13, 1998 Civil War Fantasy MR-085
March 26, 1999 In the Groove (Compilation album, Rattlesnake Shake) The Music Cartel
July 10, 2000 Right in the Nuts (Compilation album, Make It) Small Stone Records
May 1, 2001 Our Darling Man's Ruin Records MR-2020
November 1, 2005 The Monkee's Uncle AntAcidAudio AAA-995

with Melvins

Date of release Title Label Credited for Catalog number
1986 Six Songs C/Z Records CZ002
1987 Gluey Porch Treatments Alchemy Records VM103
1989 Ozma Boner Records BR16-2
August 21, 1991 Kill Rock Stars (Compilation album, Ever Since My Accident) Kill Rock Stars KSR 201
1991 Your Choice Live Series Vol. 12 Your Choice Records YC-LS 012
1991 Bullhead Boner Records BR25-2
1991 Eggnog BR28-2
1992 Salad of a Thousand Delights Box Dog Video BDV002
1992 Dale Crover Boner Records BR33-2
1992 Lysol (aka Melvins) BR35-2
September 21, 1993 Houdini Atlantic Records 82532-2
August 1994 Prick AmRep 031
July 15, 1996 Stag Atlantic Records 82878-2
May 5, 1997 Honky AmRep 064-2
August 26, 1997 Singles 1–12 AmRep 063
May 17, 1999 The Maggot Ipecac Recordings IPC-002
August 23, 1999 The Bootlicker IPC-004
February 7, 2000 The Crybaby IPC-006
November 27, 2000 Gluey Porch Treatments IPC-012
February 6, 2001 Electroretard Man's Ruin Records MR2002
April 16, 2001 Colossus of Destiny Ipecac Recordings IPC-014
April 1, 2002 Millennium Monsterwork 2000 with Fantômas IPC-019
April 15, 2002 Hostile Ambient Takeover IPC-020
March 11, 2003 26 Songs IPC-038
September 16, 2003 Melvinmania: The Best Of The Atlantic Years 1993–1996 Atlantic Records 5050466574428
March 9, 2004 Neither Here Nor There Ipecac Recordings IPC-047
August 23, 2004 Pigs of the Roman Empire with Lustmord IPC-054
October 19, 2004 Never Breathe What You Can't See with Jello Biafra Alternative Tentacles Virus300
September 26, 2005 Sieg Howdy! with Jello Biafra Virus350
October 10, 2006 (A) Senile Animal Ipecac Recordings IPC-082
June 1, 2010 The Bride Screamed Murder IPC-112
June 5, 2012 Freak Puke (Melvins Lite) IPC-136
April 30, 2013 Everybody Loves Sausages IPC-144
November 5, 2013 Tres Cabrones IPC-150
October 14, 2014 Hold It In IPC-164
April 1, 2016 Three Men and a Baby with Mike Kunka Sub Pop SP 1147
June 3, 2016 Basses Loaded Ipecac Recordings IPC-178
July 7, 2017 A Walk with Love & Death IPC-195
February 26, 2021 Working With God IPC-234

with Nirvana

Date of release Title Label Credited for Catalog number
June 15, 1989 Bleach (On the songs "Floyd the Barber", "Paper Cuts" and "Downer") Sub Pop SP-034
November 21, 1989 Teriyaki Asthma,Volume 1 (Compilation album, "Mexican Seafood") C/Z Records CZ009
August 21, 1991 Kill Rock Stars (Compilation album, "Beeswax") Kill Rock Stars KRS-201
November 1991 Teriyaki Asthma Vols. I-V (Compilation album, "Mexican Seafood") C/Z Records CZ037
December 14, 1992 On the songs "Beeswax", "Downer", "Mexican Seafood", "Hairspray Queen", and "Aero Zeppelin" DGC Records DGCD-24504
November 23, 2004 With the Lights Out (On the songs "If You Must", "Pen Cap Chew", "Downer", "Floyd the Barber", "Raunchola/Moby Dick", and "Drain You") Geffen Records B0003727-00
November 1, 2005 Sliver: The Best of the Box (On the song "Drain You")

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