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The Weirder The Better: Buzz Osborne Of Melvins' 13 Favourite Records
Elizabeth Aubrey , July 18th, 2019 10:14

Melvins founder King Buzzo takes tQ through a list of his thirteen favourite records, from Tom Waits to Butthole Surfers via PiL, Pixies and The Who


Elton John - Captain Fantastic

Most of his stuff I can’t listen to – I do like a lot of it, but I think Captain Fantastic was a really brilliantly weird album that is very underappreciated. I think him and Bernie Taupin brought out the best in one another.

Those lyrics were very advanced and top-notch on that record and I fell in love with it primarily because of those. I've never stopped, there’s never been any time in my life I didn’t love that record when I come to think about it because it’s a fucking great record all the way through. ‘Better Off Dead’ is a really weird song and the weirder the better for me.

I think bands like Queen were super influenced by Elton John and I don’t think people really pick up on that. I love Queen, but I think that Elton John really had something. I finally got to see him a couple of years ago and it was great. I just think that’s a record that if you don’t appreciate it, there’s nothing I can say to you! I have no time for you!

I probably know all the lyrics in the whole album and I have since I was that teenager – easy-peasy. That record’s easy to like. ‘Bitter Fingers’ and ‘Captain Fantastic’ are really amazing and so too is ‘Better Off Dead’, which is a really awesome song.