"People put too much emphases on scenes, I mean just because there happens to be a town with a few really good bands in it, big deal, it’s happened all over the place. I don’t understand this community patriotism that everyone is boasting about in Seattle." - Kurt Cobain.
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In what way? Because of the noise/screaming? I don’t think so, Foo Fighters had songs/demos like that long before the album was released or that song was created. Dave’s time in Nirvana and with Kurt probably influenced that more than it normally would have. I wouldn’t compare the two.
It was released on the ‘With The Lights Out’ boxset. It features Dale Crover on drums and Dave Grohl on bass with Kurt on guitar/vocals. It was basically Kurt’s idea to go record this song within this session. He titled them as ‘The Retards’ and was on this kick of wanting to start up a lot of bands with friends.
"We went to a practice space that my band shared with The Melvins, we played some of Dale’s songs, some of Dave’s songs, some of my songs, and then Kurt said he had this song Drain You, but it wasn’t going to be a Nirvana song because he couldn’t come up with a drum part, and he just wasn’t sure if he liked it or not. Then he heard Dale’s drum part and everything changed." - Debbi Shane [Engineer.]
Kurt had some of the lyrics in his notebooks and placed a torn-out piece of paper from the lyric sheets and put it in front of him on the floor to read as he did the vocals. The full version of the song (which wasn’t released on the boxset) features an intro saying “We are The Retards, and we are going to play a song for you!”
"When I was really young, like 10 years old, I had all of the Kiss posters and stuff. And then, when I got older, I got into punk rock. I saw a lot of cool shows, like Husker Du. I got a guitar and started working on songwriting right away, rather than learn a bunch of Van Halen covers, cause that’s not going to do me any good. I had to develop my own style. I only know a couple of cover songs to this day and they’re the same ones I learned when I got my guitar: ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ by the Cars and ‘Communication Breakdown’ by Led Zeppelin. Some Lou Reed chords." - Kurt Cobain, 1991.