Interviewer: “In Utero may be the most anticipated, talked-about and argued-over album of 1993. Didn’t you feel at any point during all the title changes and the press hoopla stirred up by Steve Albini that the whole thing was just getting stupid? After all, it is just an album.”
Kurt Cobain:"Yeah. But I’m used to it. While making the record, that wasn’t happening. It was made really fast. All the basic tracks were done within a week. And I did 80 percent of the vocals in one day, in about seven hours. I just happened to be on a roll. It was a good day for me, and I just kept going."
Interviewer:"One of the songs that you cut from "In Utero "at the last minute was "I Hate Myself and Want to Die." How literally did you mean it?"
Kurt Cobain:"As literal as a joke can be. Nothing more than a joke. And that had a bit to do with why we decided to take it off. We knew people wouldn’t get it; they’d take it too seriously. It was totally satirical, making fun of ourselves. I’m thought of as this pissy, complaining, freaked-out schizophrenic who wants to kill himself all the time. "He isn’t satisfied with anything." And I thought it was a funny title. I wanted it to be the title of the album for a long time. But I knew the majority of the people wouldn’t understand it."
"When I spend time with Krist Novoselic, it reminds me of the Nirvana aesthetic which a lot of people never really understood. I think a lot of people imagined it to be this sort of darker more depressive Joy Division trip or something. It really wasn’t, it was insane, the sense of humor was just so bizarre and abstracted and off that it was fucking hilarious. It was fun to be in that band. The later years got a little weird, but there was a lot about that band that people didn’t understand. Kurt was fucking hilarious, you know you look at him like this tortured, depressed icon; but that fucking dude was funny, he was funny and light-hearted too. You know as much as he maybe had trouble feeling comfortable, all the time, he was also funny and easy to be around."- Dave Grohl, 2013.
Nirvana’s ‘20th Anniversary’ of ‘In Utero’ information:
Release date: September 24th, 2013.
Featuring previously unreleased demos, B-sides and live tracks, including a complete live performance from 1993 featuring the final touring lineup of the band. The “super deluxe” reissue will span three CDs and one DVD. The reissue will also be available in two-CD and three-LP packages, and the “Live and Loud” concert film from December 13th, 1993, will be available as a standalone DVD.