Buzz Osborne Considers A Particular Rolling Stones Song Criminally Underrated

As Melvins mark their 40th anniversary with a tour, frontman Buzz Osborne has chosen to sum up this journey by picking ten songs from their collection. While he listed these tracks in a recent interview with Metal Hammer, the singer included their Rolling Stones cover and mentioned how the original track was underrated.

Talking about ‘Sway’ from Melvins’ 2021 album ‘Five Legged Dog,’ Osborne said:

“I’m a huge Rolling Stones fan, which a lot of people can’t figure out. To me, it’s just like, ‘You need to come down off your high horse.’ The Who, Stones, and Throbbing Gristle all fit together! ‘Sway’ is an odd cover, coming off ‘Sticky Fingers.’ I knew Steven [Shane McDonald] would be able to sing it good, so we did it a bunch live before we recorded the acoustic version, and I think we’ll put it in the set again sometime.”

He went on to add:

“Most people don’t even realize it’s a Stones song because it’s not a big hit. But I think personally, ‘Sticky Fingers’ is one of the best rock records ever made – there’s no duds, and it’s got a tonne of dynamics on the whole thing. That song on the mid-tempo, it’s kind of sad, too, about horrible stuff happening to people. ‘Demon Life got you in its sway,’ you know? I love the Stones; if you don’t like that record, you just don’t like rock music! Open your mind.”

The vocalist’s admiration for the Rolling Stones is not limited to a single song. Osborne holds the ‘Sticky Fingers’ album in high regard, as he listed it as one of the records he couldn’t live without in a 2022 interview with Spin.

King Buzzo expressed his thoughts on the album by saying:

“If you don’t like this record, then you just don’t like rock and roll. I love The Rolling Stones, and I love ‘Sticky Fingers!’ I don’t even know where to begin with a record this good. Every song is a fucking classic. From top to bottom, it works without a single clunker. ‘Bitch’ might be one of the most powerful songs they ever wrote. Classic riffage and lyrics.”

He talked about the other tracks as follows:

“‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ is more classic riffage and lyrics. Both songs have a thousand-pound groove that can’t be improved on. Then there’s songs like ‘Dead Flowers’ and ‘Sway’ with a completely different vibe but just as cutting. Altogether, it makes for a great, great record. Hilarious Andy Warhol cover, too.

Stand-out tracks are, ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Sway,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,’ ‘You Gotta Move,’ ‘Bitch,’ ‘I Got The Blues,’ ‘Sister Morphine,’ ‘Dead Flowers’ and ‘Moonlight Mile,’ which is every song on the record.”

You can hear Melivns’ version of ‘Sway’ in the video below.