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Buzz Osborne Talks,… But Not To Us (And Badmouths Dave Grohl)




You have to love Buzz Osborne, when you read an interview of the Melvins’ frontman you are surely entering a no-bullshit zone, a very rare thing these days. In an interview with Rolling Stone, King Buzzo told it as it is, and he was not very tender when he talked about a certain Dave Grohl. In June, the Melvins will release ‘Basses Loaded’ an album featuring different bass players with a collaboration with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, and originally, Grohl was supposed to be part of the album too:

‘We had recorded a little bit with Krist Novoselic. And that was a really, really funny story,’ told Buzz to Rolling Stone. ‘It was before where [the surviving members of Nirvana] played with Paul McCartney. Dave Grohl had said that he wanted to do all that stuff with us. He wanted to do Nirvana songs with the Melvins, and maybe have David Yow singing. So Krist Novoselic came down and we started rehearsing, and Dave was supposed to show up — and he just never showed up. Blew it off, totally. And it was his idea! I didn’t appreciate that, you know? I’m a lot of things, but one thing I’m not doing is sitting next to the phone in curlers, waiting for Dave Grohl to call me, you know? When he totally blows you off like that, it’s fucked. But whatever. There’s nothing I can do about that. So we did some recording with Krist while he was here.’

And this is just a bit surprising considering that Grohl is part of every single collaboration, super group, musical project that exist at the surface of the planet, but he has no time for an old friend?

‘I don’t do that to people, you know? Generally when I come up with an idea for something and it’s my idea, and people fly down there on their own dime, which is what Krist did, and then you leave him hanging. That’s not something I’m known for. But Dave, he’s busy playing songs at the Oscars and shit.’

Ouch! But Buzz is right and probably considers Grohl as a complete sell out. Playing the Oscars and ditching his session didn’t go too well in Buzz’s book:’ I don’t watch the Oscars. I was off the A-list a long time ago. I’m not even on the C-list. … This situation, this is how it happened. This is how we got Krist Novoselic on this record. Had we been busy ourselves rehearsing with Dave to do this Nirvana stuff, none of this would have happened, right? So thank you, Dave. We really appreciate it.’

Is he talking about this same Dave Grohl regarded by everyone as Mr. Nice Guy? And since a good thing always come in pair, Buzz also finds a way to badmouth another Nirvana-related item, when he is asked again to give his opinion about ‘Montage of Heck’, Brett Morgen’s documentary. Remember? Buzz had already commented at great length about the movie for The Talkhouse, declaring that ‘90% of Montage of Heck is bullshit’. Count on Buzz for staying true to himself, and telling the ruth as always:

‘Oh, I had some people saying that kind of thing. “What do you know?” Yeah, you’re right, I was only there,’ and what else can you add, after all Buzz has known Kurt Cobain since forever?

Buzz added: ’I mean his daughter obviously has no idea! She wasn’t there. She has no idea. And I couldn’t imagine the problems that she’s facing. With… a mom such as that, Lord have mercy! I’ve never talked to her. And I certainly never talked to the guys who made that [movie]. But when you’re going to sit there and talk about a guy that I knew back then, and you’re going to say that kind of stuff, you better be able to back it up. And I’m telling you right now, that that’s a bunch of bullshit. ‘

Here we have it, Buzz Osborne not really interested by kissing Dave Grohl or other famous people’s ass, Buzz Osborne telling the truth.

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