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|
|Genres||Sludge metal, experimental rock, doom metal, noise rock, hardcore punk, avant-garde|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums|
|Years active||early 1980s–present|
|Labels||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|
|Gibson Les Paul Custom
Electrical Guitar Company Aluminum Guitar
Roger "Buzz" Osborne, also known as King Buzzo (born March 25, 1964) is the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter and technically the only remaining founding member of the Melvins. (Drummer Dale Crover is often regarded as a founding member, but he joined after the band was formed, though before they had yet recorded an album.) Osborne is also a founding member/guitarist for both Fantômas and Venomous Concept. He was also a high school friend of Kurt Cobain and the bassist for Cobain's first band, Fecal Matter, in 1986.
Osborne first started listening to the music of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent around the age of 12, then became greatly interested in punk rock in a few years' time. 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 1983. In the beginning the Melvins played The Who and Jimi Hendrix covers but began playing fast hardcore punk after Osborne was introduced to bands such as Black Flag, Flipper, and Millions of Dead Cops by a friend from out of state. When Dillard left the band in 1984, Dale Crover was recruited out of an Iron Maiden-cover band, 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.
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 December 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).
In 1988, Osborne, with Crover, relocated to San Francisco, California 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 first band, Scream, disbanded, he approached Osborne for advice. Osborne, in response, introduced Grohl to Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. The influence of the Melvins can be clearly felt on Nirvana's music, especially their early, Bleach-era work.
In 1997, Osborne appeared in the promo video for The Offspring's video "All I Want," as a masked pianist, he also served as the producer of The Offspring album, Americana.[dubious ] Osborne also appears in the 1994 video for the Beck song "Beercan" which samples the Melvins' song "Hogleg."
Buzz joined Tool onstage during their tour for Ænema. 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.
In 2014, King Buzzo 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 a 2011 interview with L.A. Record, when asked about politics Osborne stated 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."
Since at least 2009 he has been primarily playing aluminum guitars from The Electric Guitar Company, citing a preference in size of the fretboard and general tone.
- Stillman, Josh (23 April 2013). "Stream Melvins Covers Album 'Everybody Loves Sausages' With King Buzzo Commentary". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "THE MELVINS: HE’S A BIG MOTHER". L.A. Record. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- Ted Drozdowski The Melvins' King Buzzo Lays Down the Rules on Guitar Playing, “Hot Topic” Punk, and What You Ought to Know About Music Gibson.com Retrieved: 2009-05-16
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