“We had grown up admiring punk bands and thinking all those groups on the pop charts were embarrassing, and suddenly we were one of those bands.” - Kurt Cobain, 1993.
Interviewer: “When did you start to think about sexism? Was it an outgrowth of your interest in punk?”
Kurt Cobain: “No, it was before that. I could never find any good male friends, so I ended up hanging out with the girls a lot, and I just thought they weren’t being equally treated and they weren’t treated with respect. I hated the way Aberdeen treated women in general - they were just totally oppressed. The words “bitch” and “cunt” were totally common, you’d hear them all the time. But it took me many years after the fact to realize those were the things that were bothering me. I was just starting to understand that was pissing me off so much, and in high school, I found Punk rock and it came all together.”
10/25/93 - Chicago, IL.
Kurt: “We are stuck in such a rut. We have been labeled. R.E.M. is what? College rock? That doesn’t really stick. Grunge is as potent a term as New Wave. You can’t get out of it. It’s going to be passé. You have to take a chance and hope that either a totally different audience accepts you or the same audience grows with you.”
Interviewer: “And what if the kids just say, “We don’t dig it, get lost.”
Kurt: “Oh, well. [Laughs]. Fuck ‘em.”
“Punk is musical freedom, It’s saying, doing & playing what you want. In dictionary terms ‘nirvana’ means freedom from pain, suffering & the external world, and that’s close to my definition of punk rock.” - Kurt Cobain.
Shonen Knife soundcheck, Munich, Germany, 2011.
Dinosaur Jr’s ‘J Mascis’ with “Is It Done” from his newest album “Several Shades of Why.”
Legendary Japanese group Shonen Knife are set to celebrate their 30th anniversary this summer & plan on a new album + touring. Three teenage girls in love with The Ramones, Shonen Knife were formed at a time when Japan was not recognised for its music scene. Allowed to work unhindered, the band carefully built up a back catalogue of impeccable punk-pop.
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