Buzz Osborne on Marriage, Golf and 30 Years of The Melvins
Undeniably one of the most influential rock bands of the last thirty years, The Melvins roll through Dallas again this weekend, bringing their skull-crushing double drummer sludgey rock with them. Seeing them at Trees this Saturday night is a must.
Before they made it to town, I managed to grab a quick word with singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne, better known as King Buzzo, to get his thoughts on their longevity, Spotify, the '80s and '90s scene the Melvins were so prominent in that birthed so many famous rock bands, and golf.
Hey Buzz. How's the tour going?
Sweet. It's going good. We're a couple weeks into it and we haven't tried to kill each other yet, but there's still time.
What's your take on Spotify, and the music streaming services that are so popular?
Well, I dunno. The music industry's changing. I don't really know that much about that. I always think it's bad when people steal stuff for nothing, you know? But people tend to not agree, and there's nothing I can do about it.
How do you feel the music industry has changed since you guys started out?
Well people are interested in us now there's the internet, just like they were before. So no change there.I don't know where it'll end up. I don't think it'll be at all what people think. It seems to have given people a highly developed sense of entitlement, which I'm not 100% sure is a good idea. It gives a voice to people that never had it before. How that bears itself out is anyone's guess.
How do you mean a sense of entitlement? In the way that people feel like they have a right to listen to music for nothing?
Well, they always did. But I also have a right to not do music for nothing, you know? So two can play at that game.
As far as your new album goes, what would be your ideal cover album?
I don't know. I'll have to think about it. We could do the White album.
I would love to hear the Melvins' take on the White Album.
It wouldn't be that much different, I think.
So on this tour, as it's the 30th anniversary tour, can we expect you going into the back catalog?
No, not really, we do a wide variety of things from lots of different records, you know? We're not particularly concentrating on any of them. We'll give it our best, but it's certainly not a retrospective. Can you imagine that? That would be horrific.
On recent European tours, you played through some of the '90s albums, right?
Yeah, that's pretty much played out. I can't see us doing much more of that. We'll have to figure out something else to do. That's always fun, you know? Figuring out what else to do.