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Buzz Osborne performing with Melvins in 2006
|Birth name||Roger Osborne|
|Also known as||King Buzzo|
|Born||March 25, 1964|
|Origin||Montesano, Washington, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums|
|Labels||Atlantic Records, Alchemy, Alternative Tentacles, Amphetamine Reptile, Boner, C/Z, Hydrahead, Ipecac, Man's Ruin, Slap-a-Ham, Sympathy for the Record Industry|
|Associated acts||Melvins, Fantômas, Venomous Concept, Fecal Matter, Zu|
Roger "Buzz" Osborne, also known as King Buzzo (born March 25, 1964), is an American guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He is a founding member of the Melvins, as well as Fantômas and Venomous Concept.
Melvins are an American rock band whose early work was key to the development of both grunge and sludge metal. The band formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They have mostly performed as a trio, as well as a quartet with either two drummers/bassists in recent years. Since 1984, vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover have been constant members. The band was named after a supervisor at a Thriftway in Montesano, Washington, where Osborne also worked as a clerk. "Melvin" was disliked by other employees, and the band's members felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.
Fantômas is an American metal supergroup, formed in 1998 in California. It features vocalist Mike Patton, drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), guitarist Buzz Osborne (Melvins) and bassist Trevor Dunn. The band is named after Fantômas, a supervillain featured in a series of crime novels popular in France before World War I and in film, most notably in the 60s French movie series.
Venomous Concept is a hardcore punk band formed by Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth and Shane Embury of Napalm Death in 2004. Sharp and Embury were joined by Danny Herrera and Buzz Osborne, who was later replaced by Danny Lilker. They have released three albums: Retroactive Abortion (2004), Poisoned Apple (2008), and Kick Me Silly VCIII (2016). They have also released two split albums: one with Japanese grindcore band 324 (2006), and the other with Australian extreme metal band Blood Duster (2008). The band's name is a play on Poison Idea, in the style of name-mangling Japanese hardcore acts.
Born in Morton, Washington, Osborne moved to Montesanoat the age of 12 and first started listening to the music of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent, then became greatly interested in punk rock after a few years. In the early 1980s Osborne founded the Melvins with Matt Lukin and Mike Dillard who all attended Montesano High School (Wheeler Building) in Montesano, Washington, where he graduated in 1982. The Melvins began playing fast hardcore punk after Osborne was introduced to bands such as Black Flag, Flipper, and MDC by a friend from out of state. When Dillard left the band in 1984, Dale Crover was recruited, and the band's rehearsals moved to a back room of Crover's parents' house in Aberdeen, Washington. They began to play slower and "heavier" songs.
Morton is a city in Lewis County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,126 at the 2010 census.
Montesano is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 3,976 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Grays Harbor County.
Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), and Brad Whitford (guitar). Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop rock, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They are sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
In 1986, the band released their Six Songs EP on C/Z Records (later re-released as Eight Songs, 10 Songs and as 26 Songs in 2003 on Ipecac Recordings) that was recorded live to a two track at Ironwood, February 8, 1986. In October 1986 they recorded their first full album, Gluey Porch Treatments , at Studio D in Sausalito, California, which was released in 1987 on Alchemy Records (and later re-released as a bonus on the CD version of their second album Ozma on Boner Records and in 1999 on Ipecac Recordings with some garage demos).
Melvins is the eponymous debut EP by the Melvins, released in 1986 through C/Z Records. The original release was a vinyl 7", commonly referred to as Six Songs. A later edition, taken from a different recording session, was released as 10 Songs in 1991 on CD with an equivalent 12" vinyl EP called 8 Songs, which leaves off the last two tracks from the CD.
An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.
C/Z Records is a Seattle-based record label that was established in early 1985 by Chris Hanzsek and Tina Casale with the release of Deep Six which collected the earliest recordings what later came to be known as grunge. The label was acquired by Daniel House, to whom Hanzsek and Casale sold it after Deep Six proved commercially unsuccessful.
In 1988, Osborne, with Crover, relocated to San Francisco where the band recorded their next album, Ozma, in May 1989. It was released later that year.
Osborne, along with the rest of the Melvins, knew the members of Nirvana. When Dave Grohl's previous band, Scream, disbanded, he approached Osborne for advice. Osborne, in response, introduced Grohl to Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic.
Nirvana was an American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. It was founded by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock and roll culture.
David Eric Grohl is an American singer, songwriter, musician and director. He is the founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Foo Fighters since 1994, and was the best known and longest-serving drummer for Nirvana from late 1990 to early 1994, when they disbanded following the death of Kurt Cobain.
Scream is an American hardcore punk band from Washington, DC that originally formed in the suburb of Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia. Scream originally formed in 1981 within the vanguard of the Washington Hardcore explosion. In 2009 the band reunited, and as of January 2012 were on tour in Europe. As of 2017, the band was still touring in both America and the United Kingdom.
In 1997, Osborne appeared in the promo video for The Offspring's video "All I Want", as a masked pianist. Osborne also appears in the 1994 video for the Beck song "Beercan" which samples the Melvins' song "Hogleg".
The Offspring is an American rock band from Garden Grove, California, formed in 1984. Originally formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band has consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist Bryan "Dexter" Holland, bassist Greg K., guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada since 2007. Over the course of their 35-year career, they have released nine studio albums and experienced lineup changes, most noticeably with their drummers. Their longest-serving drummer was Ron Welty, who replaced original drummer James Lilja in 1987, and stayed with the band for 16 years; he was replaced by Atom Willard in 2003, and then four years later by Pete Parada.
"All I Want" is a song by American punk rock group The Offspring. It is the tenth track on their fourth studio album Ixnay on the Hombre (1997) and was released as the first single from the album in December 1996. It reached No. 31 in the UK and No. 15 in Australia. In the US, it peaked at No. 13 on Modern Rock Tracks. The song also appears as the fifth track on their Greatest Hits (2005). The single was also the shortest single to be released by the band.
Beck Hansen, known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style, and became known for creating musical collages of wide genre styles. Today, he musically encompasses folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. He has released 13 studio albums, as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.
Osborne joined Tool onstage during their tour for Ænima . The Melvins also opened for Tool on the tour. In 1998, Osborne joined a new band known as Fantômas with Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, a band which he remains involved with to the present day.
Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Justin Chancellor has been the band's bassist since 1995, replacing their original bassist Paul D'Amour. Tool has won three Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries.
Ænima is the second studio album by American rock band Tool. It was released in vinyl format on September 17, 1996, and in compact disc format on October 1, 1996 through Zoo Entertainment. The album was recorded and cut at Ocean Way, Hollywood and The Hook, North Hollywood from 1995 to 1996. The album was produced by David Bottrill.
Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current name in 1982, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man. Bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin are the longest-remaining members of the band, having been involved with Faith No More since its inception. The band underwent several lineup changes early in their career, along with some major changes later on. The current lineup of Faith No More consists of Gould, Bordin, keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Roddy Bottum, lead guitarist Jon Hudson and vocalist/lyricist Mike Patton.
Fantômas' latest studio album release is 2005's Suspended Animation . That concept album focused on the theme of Holidays, featuring a frenetic punk rock sound. A commercial success, the album hit the #7 spot on Billboard's 'Top Heatseekers' chart and #12 on its 'Top Independent Albums' chart.
In 2014, Osborne announced his first solo acoustic tour along with a 10" EP entitled "This Machine Kills Artists" and an album to follow in June on Ipecac Recordings.
In 2017 he played as part of Crystal Fairy with Teri Gender Bender, Dale Crover and Omar Rodríguez-López.In that same year, he also co produced the full length album Orenda by Arizona based psychedelic progressive band With Our Arms to the Sun.
Osborne has remarked, "From a very early age I was interested in underground music. I never appreciated the big stadium shows in the first place—I cut my milk teeth musically on smaller shows. A much more intimate basis. That's the lessons I learned from punk rock that I never forgot. That extends to today." As referred to before, he had a very wide set of musical influences since his childhood, ranging from arena rock to glam rock to punk to power pop and more. Osborne has called himself a lifelong "musical anthropologist" and stated that "since I never grew up around people who gave me any indication of how one was supposed to act, I was equally excited seeing the Kinks as I would be by seeing a punk rock band. Or Cheap Trick." In terms of hip hop music, he's stated that his favorite rap album is Run-D.M.C.'s Raising Hell .
From their earlier slow metal style, the Melvins have been attributed with providing the framework for what would become the grunge and sludge metal genres.
Osborne has been married to graphic designer Mackie Osborne since 1993.They are dog owners, having kept several rescued dogs. The couple decided not to have children. Osborne does not believe rock musicians should make political statements and that people "should look for higher sources than entertainers for their political beliefs". He is an avid golf fan and player.
Osborne does not drink or use other recreational drugs.
In a 2011 interview with the music magazine L.A. Record , Osborne stated when asked about American politics that "I hate conservatives, but I really hate liberals. Here's the thing. I have my own opinions about everything, and it's basically classic liberalism."In 2008, he told the magazine Alarm that he opposes what he sees as both modern socialist and fascist thought, stating that he's "into true liberalism, which means you mind your own goddamn business; you take care of yourself." In a 2014 interview with Tonedeaf, Osborne expressed that American economist, Thomas Sowell, has been a major influence on his career. "I consider Sowell the greatest philosopher of all time." Osborne explained. "He is a PhD economist and he's written more than 30 books about everything you can imagine, from social commentary to how economics works."
In a 2008 interview with City Newspaper of Rochester, when asked about his collaboration with Jello Biafra on two albums, Osborne stated that "I don't relate at all to his politics. I believe in personal freedom, personal responsibility. And nobody tells you what to do more than the left wing. They're a bunch of fascists."
In terms of issues covering copyright and illegal file-sharing of songs, Osborne's remarked, "The internet downloading— people need to get over it". He's also added, "Is it stealing? Sure, yeah— but it doesn't matter. It's over. Things have changed. We have to move on."In an earlier interview, he argued, "For me musically, I wish I woulda had something like YouTube when I was a kid so I could go, 'Oh, what's this Captain Beefheart?'".
Osborne primarily used Gibson Les Paul guitars from the 1960s and 1970s played through BOSS effect pedals and variety of vintage amplifers and cabinets.
Since at least 2009, he has been primarily playing aluminum guitars from the Electrical Guitar Company and Travis Bean, citing a preference in size of the fretboard and general tone.
|Date of Release||Title||Label||Catalog Number|
|June 3, 2014||This Machine Kills Artists (as King Buzzo)||Ipecac Recordings||IPC-159|
With the Melvins
|Date of release||Title||Label||Catalog number|
|1986||Six Songs||C/Z Records||CZ002|
|1987||Gluey Porch Treatments||Alchemy Records||VM103|
|1991||Your Choice Live Series Vol.12||Your Choice Records||YC-LS 012|
|1992||Salad of a Thousand Delights||Box Dog Video||BDV002|
|1992||King Buzzo||Boner Records||BR32-2|
|1992||Lysol (aka Melvins)||BR35-2|
|September 21, 1993||Houdini||Atlantic Records||82532-2|
|August 5, 1994||Prick||Amphetamine Reptile Records||AmRep 031|
|October 18, 1994||Stoner Witch||Atlantic Records||82704-2|
|July 15, 1996||Stag||82878-2|
|May 5, 1997||Honky||Amphetamine Reptile Records||AmRep 064-2|
|August 26, 1997||Singles 1–12||AmRep 063|
|1998||Alive at the Fucker Club||AmRep 072|
|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|
|May 31, 2005||Mangled Demos from 1983||Ipecac Recordings||IPC-063|
|September 26, 2005||Sieg Howdy! with Jello Biafra||Alternative Tentacles||Virus350|
|May 16, 2006|| A Live History of Gluttony and Lust |
Houdini Live 2005
|October 10, 2006||(A) Senile Animal||Ipecac Recordings||IPC-082|
|2008||Melvins vs. Minneapolis||Amphetamine Reptile Records/Burlesque of North America Records|
|July 8, 2008||Nude With Boots||Ipecac Recordings||IPC-105|
|June 1, 2010||The Bride Screamed Murder||IPC-112|
|March 13, 2012||The Bulls & The Bees||Scion A/V||SA/V 18-12|
|June 5, 2012||Freak Puke||Ipecac Recordings||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|
|April 20, 2018||Pinkus Abortion Technician||IPC-201|
|Date of release||Title||Label||Catalog number|
|April 26, 1999||Fantômas (aka 'Amenaza Al Mundo')||Ipecac Recordings||IPC-001|
|July 9, 2001||The Director's Cut||IPC-017|
|April 1, 2002||Millennium Monsterwork 2000||IPC-019|
|January 27, 2004||Delìrium Còrdia||IPC-045|
|April 5, 2005 (Limited Edition)|
June 14, 2005
|Suspended Animation||IPC-062 (Limited Edition)|
With Venomous Concept
|Date of release||Title||Label||Catalog number|
|June 29, 2004||Retroactive Abortion||Ipecac Recordings||IPC-051|
|Date of Release||Title||Label||Credited for|
|1998||Cows: Sorry in Pig Minor||Amphetamine Reptile Records||Producer|
|1999||Goatsnake: Goatsnake Vol. 1||Southern Lord Records||Producer and mixing on Dog Catcher|
|December 12, 2000||Tool: Salival||Volcano II||Second guitar on You Lied|
|September 18, 2001||Tweaker: The Attraction to All Things Uncertain||Waxploitation||co-wrote/guitar on Swamp|
|2004||Various Artists: Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to Kiss||Koch Records||Vocals on God of Thunder|
|2007||Lustmord : Juggernaut||Hydra Head||Guitar and vocals|
|2008||Lustmord: O T H E R||Guitar on Prime [Aversion]|
Krist Anthony Novoselic is an American musician and political activist, best known as the bassist and a founding member of the grunge band Nirvana. Nirvana achieved massive success, earning multiple gold and platinum awards and touring around the world at sold-out shows.
Dale Crover is an American rock musician. Crover is best known as the drummer for the Melvins. He's also been the drummer for Men of Porn, Shrinebuilder, Crystal Fairy, and, for a brief time, Nirvana. He is also guitarist and vocalist for Altamont. He has also toured with Fantômas, Off!, and Redd Kross.
Gluey Porch Treatments is the debut album by the Melvins. The album was released in 1987 through Alchemy Records. The original release was vinyl only. This album was later released on tape with the Six Songs EP through Boner Records and appears as bonus material on the CD version of Ozma. Tracks 18–29 can only be found on the 1999 Ipecac Recordings re-release; these songs are taken from a boombox demo.
Houdini is the fifth studio album by the Melvins, released in 1993 on Atlantic Records. The album was the band's major label debut after releasing their previous albums on the independent label Boner Records.
The Maggot is the 10th studio album by the Melvins, which was released in 1999 through Ipecac Recordings. This album is the first part of a trilogy followed by The Bootlicker and The Crybaby. The Trilogy was later released on vinyl by Ipecac Recordings.
The Bootlicker is the 11th studio album by the Melvins, which was released in 1999 through Ipecac Recordings. This album is the second part of a trilogy preceded by The Maggot and followed by The Crybaby. The Trilogy was later released on vinyl by Ipecac Recordings.
Colossus of Destiny is a live album by the Melvins, which was released in 2001 through Ipecac Recordings. It was recorded live Friday, December 13, 1998 at Club Mangler, Cupertino, California. It is nearly an hour of synthesizer and sample experimentation ending in a performance of the song "Eye Flys". It was reported that members of the audience were lying on the ground, covering their ears during this performance. The album was originally intended to be the third part of the band's 1999 album trilogy until they came up with the guest star idea for The Crybaby.
Millennium Monsterwork 2000 is a live album by Fantômas and Melvins taken from a New Year's Eve 2000 performance at Slim's which was released in 2002 through Ipecac Recordings.
Pigs of the Roman Empire is an album by the American alternative metal group Melvins and electronic musician Lustmord, which was released in 2004 through Ipecac Recordings. Adam Jones, guitarist for Tool, also makes substantial contributions to the album.
Matt Lukin is an American musician, best known as a bassist and founding member of the Melvins and Mudhoney.
Fecal Matter was a short-lived punk rock band from Aberdeen, Washington. The group was formed in 1985 by Kurt Cobain, the future front man of the grunge band Nirvana, along with Dale Crover of Melvins and drummer Greg Hokanson. Melvins members Buzz Osborne and Mike Dillard appeared in a later version of the band during rehearsals the following year.
(A) Senile Animal is an album by the Melvins, released on October 10, 2006 on Ipecac Recordings. After bassist Kevin Rutmanis' departure the two remaining members of the Melvins joined forces with Big Business, a duo consisting of Jared Warren on bass and Coady Willis on drums.
Live from London 2006 is a DVD by the Fantômas Melvins Big Band that was released on August 26, 2008.
Freak Puke is an album by the Melvins Lite, released on June 5, 2012 through Ipecac Recordings. It is the first to feature one of the Melvins' alternate lineups with Trevor Dunn on standup bass.
Hold It In is a studio album by the Melvins, released on October 14, 2014. The lineup for this album features Melvins stalwarts Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover joined by Butthole Surfers members Paul Leary and Jeff Pinkus.
Basses Loaded is an album by the Melvins released on June 3, 2016 through Ipecac Recordings. This release features every member that has been a part of the band over the previous decade, centered around their bass players. Steven Shane McDonald, of Redd Kross, makes his debut with the Melvins, while Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic makes a guest appearance.
A Walk with Love & Death is a double album by the Melvins released on July 7, 2017 through Ipecac Recordings. It includes two distinct albums: Love, a fourteen-song soundtrack to a short film by Jesse Nieminen, also known as A Walk with Love & Death, and Death, made up of nine standard songs. This is the first full-length Melvins album to feature bassist Steven McDonald, who only appeared on four of the songs on their previous album, Basses Loaded. Guest musicians include Joey Santiago (Pixies), Anna Waronker and Teri Gender Bender.
Pinkus Abortion Technician is an album by the Melvins released on April 20, 2018 through Ipecac Recordings. It features both "ongoing" bass player Steven McDonald and "occasional bottom ender" Jeff Pinkus, who receives writing credit on four of the album's five original songs. The title is a direct reference to the Butthole Surfers album Locust Abortion Technician.
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