From Cameron Crowe’s WhoSay site: Just found this… Matt Dillon’s hair test for Singles… 1991? (Photo © 2011 Cameron Crowe)
“I shot the making-of-the-movie thing for Singles. The best moment was the day that Matt Dillon was trying on his Eddie Vedder wig. He was assuming the role of a hybrid Eddie Vedder/Chris Cornell. We all had to go and give our opinions on 120 wigs that they pulled. I remember Matt being very insecure. You know, Matt Dillon is Matt Dillon. He doesn’t wear a wig. If anything, the guy plays himself, so he seemed super-uneasy with it.”
—video director Josh Taft, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
An outtake from one of my interviews with Buzz Osborne of the Melvins:
ME: When did you start cultivating the hair?
BUZZ: Oh, always, one way or another. You don’t understand, I don’t care about that kind of stuff. It just doesn’t make any difference to me. I want to look like a weirdo. I like it.
ME: Well, it has to make some difference, otherwise you wouldn’t style it that way.
BUZZ: I don’t style it—I let it do whatever it wants. I’m trying to look like a freak. Mission accomplished.
ME: And that started when?
BUZZ: Oh, a long time ago, I have no idea when. I used to have my hair cut when I knew that I’d be employed hourly. I never had a good job in my life; I always had shit jobs. Nobody would hire me for a good job. I’ve always joked that I have a genius level of intelligence in my brain, none of which I can use on a daily basis.
ME: In what capacity do you use your intelligence—for your music?
BUZZ: I just mean, can you make any money with it? No. Who cares? Go down to Safeway and see if they’ll pay you for it: “I’d like to use these press clippings about the Melvins to buy food.” “No.”