Melvins’ Buzz Osborne Reveals His Favorite Grunge Records, Calls Rob Zombie A “Lower-Level Fuckhead”


In another complementary feature to Rolling Stone‘s list of the ‘50 greatest grunge albums‘, the publication also reached out to Melvins vocalist/guitarist Buzz Osborne to get his own take. Osborne was notably a bit hesitant to participate, offering in part:

“…Are there 50 great grunge records? I guess it depends on how wide your parameters are. I’m not overly intrigued by that whole genre. … It’s OK, there’s a few things that are good. But I think most of what people put under that moniker is just garbage. I don’t care about any of it. I might as well be listening to fucking Bon Jovi. You know, big production, big everything.”

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Osborne‘s list, complete with explanations for each of his choices, can be found over at Osborne clarified upfront though that Soundgarden‘s 2x multi-platinum album “Badmotorfinger” ranked 1st on his list with the rest in no particular order.

  • Soundgarden – “Badmotorfinger
  • Nirvana – “Nevermind
  • U-Men – “U-Men
  • Tales Of Terror – “Tales Of Terror
  • Mudhoney – “Touch Me, I’m Sick
  • Flipper – “Generic
  • Nirvana – “Bleach
  • Soundgarden – “Superunknown
  • Malfunkshun – “Return To Olympus
  • Babes In Toyland – “Spanking Machine

In addition to sharing his love for Soundgarden and speaking of the emotional weight of performing at the Chris Cornell tribute show earlier this year, Osborne also once again lashed out at Rob Zombie. Osborne has repeatedly accused Zombie of engaging in rockstar behavior during their tour together with White Zombie and Babes In Toyland in the early 90s. Previous examples of Osborne speaking out against Zombie can be found here and here.

While discussing his pick of Babes In Toyland‘s “Spanking Machine“, Osborne once further tore into Zombie, offering:

“We played a lot of shows with them [Babes In Toyland] back then, and they were always fun. We did a tour with them and White Zombie, and we both got treated like fucking dogshit on that tour by the powers that be. It was a massively unnecessary situation of pointless rock-star behavior. I don’t know what was going through his [Rob Zombie’s] head, but if making enemies is what you set out to do, well, mission accomplished.

I’ve been around people you would consider a rock star, like the guys in Kiss, and they never behaved like that. It just makes you hate lower-level fuckheads like Rob Zombie even more. If I got treated like that by the fucking mailman, I’d hate his guts. So it was fun to have Babes In Toyland along.”

You can read the whole feature over at In a show of mutual admiration, Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil chose Melvins‘ “Gluey Porch Treatments” among his own favorite grunge albums.

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