Krist Novoselic Responds to Buzz Osborne’s ‘Montage of Heck’ Criticism
When the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck premiered on HBO last year, it had one outspoken critic: Nirvana’s longtime friend and Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne. Now, Krist Novoselic, who appeared in and contributed to the documentary, has responded to Osborne’s comments.
At the time of Montage of Heck’s release, Osborne called the film “total bulls---” and an “utter fabrication.” Specifically, he questioned Courtney Love's retelling of events. While Novoselic doesn’t directly address the documentary's authenticity or accuracy, he said Osborne's outspokenness is par for the course.
“That’s just Buzz,” the one-time Nirvana bassist told Rolling Stone. “He’s always been like that, but we love him so we just accept him for that.”
“He’s always had these opinions,” Novoselic continued. “Like, ‘Oh, there goes Buzz again.’ You never know what he’s going to say, but he means well, and he’s a great musician. He’s been a dear friend for a long time. That’s the way it is.” (To be sure, Osborne even recently took a dig at his friend and Novoselic’s former bandmate Dave Grohl.)
Novoselic will appear on the Melvins’ upcoming album Basses Loaded. Osborne and drummer Dale Crover enlisted a rotating cast of bassists for their latest outing, and Novoselic contributes to “Maybe I Am Amused.”
“It’s always fun to play with Buzz and Dale,” Novoselic said. “I brought my accordion and my bass down, and we just played some grungy heavy things. I had these tunes that were super pop, like with major chords and sevenths; those really, poppy things. So we just busted out some music.”
Basses Loaded is due out June 3 via Ipecac. Tomorrow (April 1), the Melvins will drop their long-lost collaborative album Three Men and a Baby on Sub Pop.