Buzz Osborne Talks About Melvins’ Influence On Nirvana And Soundgarden

Frontman Buzz Osborne recently appeared on Listen Next! and talked about the vast influence Melvins had on the emergence of grunge. He also stated that he is proud to be the direct influence on both Nirvana and Soundgarden.

Formed in 1983, Melvins was one of the key acts that paved the way for the development of grunge during the mid-’80s. Although they never had a wide recognition as Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains had, they were a significant influence on their sounds. Their impact was substantial because Melvins came up with a new sound blended with sludge metal, punk, and bluesy hard rock sounds.

Many fans know that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was also a massive fan of Melvins since he always referred to them as one of his favorite bands. Maybe the ‘Big Four’ of grunge moved the genre to mainstream success, but no one can deny that Melvins was one of the pioneers of what we defined as grunge sound today. Therefore, the band’s frontman Buzz Osborne was asked which bands who had a connection to Melvins made him proudest during his recent interview.

The frontman answered without hesitation that he is very proud Melvins had such an influence on Nirvana and Soundgarden as they are the biggest grunge bands. He explained that other bands were indirectly connected to them, but he can’t take credit for those since they don’t even know about Soundgarden and Nirvana’s background about Melvis.

Buzz Osborne reflected on Nirvana and Soundgarden’s great popularity compared to Melvins’ obscurity since many people don’t know they influenced those bands in the first place. Osborne said that it doesn’t bother him because he is happy that their ideas on music were eventually recognized globally, thanks to these bands.

Buzz Osborne speaking on Melvins’ influence on Nirvana and Soundgarden:

“Oh, Nirvana, Soundgarden, for sure. Those are the two biggest. There are a lot of other bands that were influenced by those bands, that got big, that probably don’t even like our band. So I would never take credit for any of that, even though they’re indirectly linked to us.

What’s funny to me is it really shows you what little understanding those people have of Soundgarden and Nirvana. They don’t really get where that’s coming from for them either, which is okay. I mean, I just don’t concern myself a whole lot about that kind of thing.

I like the idea that our stuff, our ideas, and my ideas about how music should be, what was missing from music that I thought of in the mid-’80s, were all things that then ended up through other bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden changed music on a global level.”

You can watch the entire conversation below.