"There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve." - William Burroughs.
I want to say first off, I’m aware of the WWE/WCW’s history and really appreciate what Diamond Dallas Page is doing with his ‘DDP Yoga’ - it seems to help a lot of those wrestlers that really need it.
To your question, no. I have no information saying that DDP had permission to use a knock-off version of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ for his theme music. Dave hated it, but wasn’t aware at the time that DDP was a huge Nirvana fan and realized that ‘Teen Spirit’ was a huge anthem for teenagers in the 90’s.
“Jimmy Hart and I did the song together, and Jimmy is a genius. I felt that ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was the sound of the 90′s that was awesome for me. Dave Grohl was hot cause that was like a rip off of their music. He heard it and was like “WCW owes us money.” We did just enough changing the notes. So it was it, but wasn’t, Teen Spirit.” - Diamond Dallas Page.
The Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings (Live in France/1995)
“One sad part about the grunge generation is that they never got around to making those great albums. Kurt Cobain never got around to making his ‘White Album’ and I think that’s a tragedy. Because we’d be leaning on that work now. All of us.” - Billy Corgan.
"I listened to a lot of Nirvana, Hole, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, Pixies, obviously the Pumpkins. It was pretty aggressive. And at that time I was getting into Riot Grrrl and all those things, so there was a bit of ‘I am woman, hear me roar.’ [laughs] It was a mental thing, too. Nirvana changed my life." - Nicole Fiorentino.
"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.
Look inside Kurt Cobain’s childhood home.
"It took a few phone calls and some Internet sleuthing to get myself a real estate contact to get inside of Cobain’s home, but I’d say it was worth the drive down and the overall experience to privately walk through the childhood home of the late Nirvana frontman. While some may say it was “creepy” to do this, I found the mostly deserted and rather rundown old home rather quiet and peaceful." - Suzi Pratt [photographer.]
Photographer: Suzi Pratt.
"Theresa and I were just working and I had a bassline. She just started singing the lyrics to ‘Polly’ over that song. There’s definitely an homage to ‘Polly’ in the chorus, in the first line - you listen to the songs back-to-back they sound nothing alike. Yeah, it is a bit of an homage to Kurt and Nirvana." - Jenny Lee Lindberg.
"For a long time I had no male friends that I felt comfortable with, I ended up by hanging out with girls a lot. I just always felt that they weren’t treated with respect. Women are totally oppressed in small towns like Aberdeen. The words bitch and cunt were totally common; I mean, you’d hear them all the time. It took me years to realize that these were the things that were bothering me." - Kurt Cobain, 1993.
"I looked at Krist and Kurt as soulmates. The two had such a beautiful, unspoken understanding of each other. Those two guys, together, totally defined the Nirvana aesthetic. Every quirk, all the strange things that came from Nirvana came from Krist and Kurt." - Dave Grohl, 2013.
Kurt and Henry were in the same room a few times. Here is part of an interview Henry did where he talks about that.
Interviewer: "Kurt Cobain has you listed as one of his biggest influences. Did you guys ever converse about that?"
Henry Rollins: "Here’s all my moments with Kurt Cobain, Whenever I was in the same room with Kurt, he would always freak out, get really nervous and just get fidgety. One time, I looked at him, and just looking at him was like I hit him, I looked at him and he goes (makes a nervous expression) I said, “Hey Courtney, what’s up with your boyfriend?” She said, “He’s afraid of you ’cause he doesn’t wanna be weird in front of you and he’s kind of a fan and he’s just nervous, so…when Kurt gets nervous, he just bails.”
And the last time I ever saw him was at one of my shows, and it was a venue where there was a store-front window behind the stage, so people could just look in, and you could look back out. And I was talking to people after the show, and he was outside looking in at me from the sidewalk, just like this (he stands frozen.) And I think that’s a distance he felt safe. But I know people who he would speak to, where he’d be, “You know Henry, what’s he like?” So I never had the chance to meet him. You know, I’m quite a fan, I mean, he seemed like the real thing and made good music but uh, was in the same room as him, and never had the honor to shake the hand.”
Interviewer: "He probably felt the same way about you."
Henry Rollins: "I mean, he was great. And sadly missed, but umm, I guess he had a thing with me. He didn’t wanna hang out or something."
"At 24 years old, I was wearing shorts with long johns under them. What did I know?" - Dave Grohl, 2013.
From an August interview in 1993.
Interviewer: “Do you have a particular fantasy of how your future might workout?”
Kurt Cobain: "No, I’ve no idea. I can’t think like that. It might be nice to start playing acoustic guitar and be thought of as a singer and a songwriter, rather than a ‘grunge rocker’, because then I might be able to take advantage of that when I’m older. I could sit down on a chair and play acoustic guitar like Johnny Cash or something, and it won’t be a big joke."
Interviewer: "Does it make you laugh when people take apart all your songs, and try to figure out what you’re saying?"
Kurt Cobain: "Oh, yeah. At the time I was writing Nevermind, I really didn’t know what I was trying to say. There’s no point in my even trying to analyze or explain it. That used to be the biggest subject in an interview: "What are your lyrics about?" [Laughs] I haven’t written any new lyrics, that’s for sure. We have about 12 songs for our new album [In Utero] we’re scheduled to record in February, & I don’t have any lyrics at all. Within the past year, notebooks & poetry books I’ve had lying around have either been destroyed or stolen. So I don’t have anything to go back on at all. It sucks."