Melvins’ Buzz Osbourne Says ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ is ‘Mostly Misguided Fiction’


Story by Anne Erickson

Don’t believe ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,’ says Cobain buddy Buzz Osbourne

Melvins frontman Buzz Osbourne says not to believe the recent documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.” In fact, Osbourne, who was good friends with Cobain up until the Nirvana frontman’s death, sums up the movie as “mostly misguided fiction.”

“I went to high school with Kurt and was a big part of all the Nirvana guys’ lives before and after they became famous. I was there for the beginning and I was there for the end, for the very good and the very bad… The one thing no one gets about Cobain,” Osbourne said in an essay posted on the Talkhouse, “(is that) he was a master of jerking your chain.”

Osbourne added that Cobain’s stomach problems, which were highlighted in the film, were simply false. “Kurt told me there was absolutely nothing wrong with his stomach,” Osbourne said. “He made it up for sympathy and so he could use it as an excuse to stay loaded. Of course he was vomiting – that’s what people on heroin do.”

Osbourne also doesn’t believe Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love: “When Courtney speaks, the truth is certainly there, but God only knows where it begins and ends. In the 20 years since Kurt’s death, the undisputed facts of some of her stories seem to change almost hourly. I remain unconvinced in regards to her testimony, and I don’t think I’m alone.”

Case in point: Love’s assertion that Cobain first tried to kill himself because Love just thought about cheating on him, Osbourne says, is totally false. “Wow. That’s a whole lot different from the stories he told me in regards to Courtney’s behavior,” Osbourne said. “And this was well before he ended up dead. And that’s just one example.”

The Melvins are currently on the road in support of 2014’s “Hold It In.” Find tour dates via the band’s official website.



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