Ten Questions with MELVINS’ Buzz Osborne

Melvins play The Waiting Room Monday, April 25


What can I say about Melvins? The band whose sound influenced all things heavy — from grunge to stoner to alternative metal — has been playing their brand of grindingly hard rock for more than 30 years. 

The list of bands influenced by Melvins is a Who’s Who of modern metal, from Mastodon to Sun O))) to Queens of the Stone Age, and, of course, Nirvana. In fact, the story goes that Melvins’ guitarist/vocalist/madman Buzz Osborne (a.k.a. King Buzzo) introduced Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic to Dave Grohl. It was Nirvana’s unexpected success that helped get Melvins signed to Atlantic Records, who released their masterpiece Houdini in 1993. 

Now 23 years later, Melvins will release Basses Loaded June 3 on Ipecac. The record features six bass players including Steve McDonald of Redd Kross and OFF!, who will be playing alongside Buzzo and Dale Crover when Melvins play The Waiting Room Monday, April 25.

We asked Buzz Osborne to take our Ten Questions survey. Here’s his answers. Enjoy.

1. What is your favorite album?

Buzz Osborme: Bitches Brew by Miles Davis​

2. What is your least favorite song?​

“Happy Birthday​”

3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?​

I’m in it for the chicks.

4. What do you hate about being in a band?​

Not enough chicks​.

5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?​

Asbestos​

6. What city or town do you love performing at?​

Omaha, of course.

7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?​

Maynardville, Tenn.​

8. How do you pay your bills?​

I sell drugs​.

9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do? ​

Paid philosopher; testing drugs​

10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?​

I hear they have really good steakhouses and excellent topless bars​.

Melvins plays with Napalm Death and Melt Banana Monday, April 25, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit onepercentproductions.com