Melvins Frontman: 'Nirvana's Biggest Hits Are Structurally Same as Hair Metal Hits'

artist: Melvins date: 03/14/2014 category: music news

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Melvins Frontman: 'Nirvana's Biggest Hits Are Structurally Same as Hair Metal Hits'
Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne recently discussed the songwriting skills of the iconic '90s grunge scene, drawing an interesting comparison between Nirvana and hair metal bands.

Chatting with Songfacts, Buzz couldn't help noticing that structurally, the differences aren't as prominent as most would imagine.

"I didn't like all the grunge stuff," the frontman kicked off. "As a matter of fact, I like about as much of that stuff as I liked of any genre of music, which wasn't a tremendous amount of it."

Focusing on Nirvana, Osborne added, "But what I think was good about it was that songwriting-wise, if you take a band like Nirvana, their biggest hits are structurally the same as even a hair metal band's biggest hits. The structure's not different - the attitude was different. Except it really wasn't. It seemed a little more human.

"What attracted me to punk rock in the first place was the human element of it all, even if that's not where they ended up. I think that touched on people," the frontman continued. "I don't know if this is a good comparison, but if you look at a band like CCR, who had amazing songs, they came along at a perfect time.

"We were coming out of Woodstock, Hendrix, all that kind of stuff, then there they are. They brought it back to 'songwriting is important,' and I think that the world was ready for a band like that at that moment. And Nirvana, the world was ready for that kind of stuff."

Reacting to the interviewer's comment that "every era has bad music and good music," Buzz noted, "Every era is the same. There's no golden era."

"That's what kind of inspired me to do what I do," he continued. "Bad music can inspire you to do good stuff, as well. For me, anyway. I never cared about the same kinds of things that a lot of other people cared about as far as that was concerned."
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