"I always remember William talking to me about it. He had this look in his eye like: ‘Why would anybody take their own life?’ He couldn’t make sense of it. Why would you do that? Why would you disturb your energy and your cosmic soul like that? You don’t do that. You protect it. You have to fight for it. You can do whatever you like, you can take heroin your entire life, you can be an alcoholic or you can be a creep, but you don’t eradicate yourself."
Interviewer: "Does that sum up Nirvana’s whole philosophy about the band - don’t think about it, just do it?"
Krist Novoselic: "I’ve always really liked music, ever since I was a kid. I was really in love with certain bands and they were like my bands. It was probably an identity thing too for me, so I’m really glad that I’m doing something that I totally want to. It means a lot to me, it’s not just some kind of fashion thing."
Kurt Cobain: "You better watch yourself Krist, you’re getting a bit too serious. You’re gonna get fired, man."
"You just take the music however you want, you think it has melody? That’s what a decent song’s supposed to have. You know what really was kinda bugging me? That industrial dance stuff that’s done bad. If it’s done good, it’s cool - like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry - but there’s a lot of bad stuff out there, with no melody to it and just some guy yelling through a megaphone. I dunno, I like The Vaselines." - Krist Novoselic, 1991.
Interviewer: "Final messages for the youth of America?"
Kurt Cobain: "I’m bowing down gracefully and taking off my crown and giving it over to Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. He’s now the representative of the youth of America."
Interviewer: "What caused this, because you’re a family man and embracing family values?"
Kurt Cobain: "Because he stole my look, and uses it better than I."
From an article out of a 1992 magazine: "Kurt is very cute, with incredibly blue eyes, his black sneakers have holes in them, he’s got the number one record and he only has one pair of shoes."
Interviewer: "How would you describe Dave Grohl?"
Kurt Cobain: "Dave is in really good shape although he smokes two packs of cigarettes a day."
Interviewer: "Krist Novoselic?"
Kurt Cobain: "Krist is the horror of the stars. He has no shame whatsoever in carousing with the likes of Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp."
Interviewer: "And Kurt Cobain?"
Kurt Cobain: "Fuck him, he complains too much."
21 years ago today - Kurt Cobain fresh out the bath, and sick, he turns around and says to the interviewer walking into his hotel room; "I have terrible diarrhea."
Today in 1993, Nirvana begins recording ‘In Utero' at the studios in Brazil. The band booked three days worth of studio time for recording their third album just two days after playing the Hollywood Rock Festival (two days later they would play there again.) They managed to record ten songs within the session; Heart-Shaped Box, Milk It, The Other Improv, I Hate Myself And Want To Die, Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip, Onward Into Countless Battles, Seasons In The Sun and Moist Vagina (released on the ‘With The Lights Out’ boxset.) Very Ape and Scentless Apprentice were both released last year for the Deluxe edition of the album’s ‘20th Anniversary.’
"I want our fans to know that I’m proud of this record, that it’s not some kind of joke. Music is too important to me to do that." - Kurt Cobain.
"When I’m in diarrhea de Janeiro, I like to have the freshly cut dried leaves of a palm tree." - Kurt Cobain.
There was a little bit of back and forth between Nirvana and Pearl Jam because of Green River/Temple of the Dog. It really wasn’t any of Kurt’s concern, but because of his relationship with Mark, he got involved.
This should settle the twenty-year “feud” between Seattle’s Nirvana vs Pearl Jam.
"We were playing with Nirvana and the Chili Peppers. I had climbed an I-beam that you could kind of wrap your hand around. So I got to the top, and I thought, "Well, how do I get down?" I either just give it up and look like an idiot, or I go for it. So I decided to try it, and it was really ridiculously high, like 100 feet, something mortal. I was thinking that my mother was there, and I didn’t want her to see me die. So somehow I finally got back onstage, finished the song, and went to the side and threw up. I knew that was really stupid, beyond ridiculous. But to be honest, we were playing before Nirvana. You had to do something. Our first record was good, but their first record was better." - Eddie Vedder.
"I remember after the New Year’s Eve 1991 show, somebody running onto the bus and saying Nirvana had just hit No. 1. I remember thinking, "Wow; it’s on now."" - Mike McCready.
There wasn’t a lot of interaction between the two bands. They played the same shows in 1988 and all members enjoyed each others music.
“I played in a band called Tic Dolly Roe. I was singing for them and our drummer Chad had this weird ‘North’ drum kit and we went to play a show in Tacoma and Krist Novoselic came up to me. He was from Nirvana but that night they were called Bliss. He asked ‘Can I use your drummer’s drum-set?’ and I go ‘Yeah man - that’s Chad up there, I’m sure he’ll let you use it. Just go talk to him and tell him what’s up.’ And, that’s how Chad met the guys from Nirvana.
We were at a party in Olympia. We ended up on a couch at the end of a party, I didn’t really party, so I would always find the spot in the room where there was a guitar. There was Kurt Cobain and he was doing the same damn thing - I had just reached for the guitar so we started talking and we played the guitar back and forth. They asked me to try out the night before Soundgarden asked me to try out - I tried out for Nirvana and didn’t get in. I actually went on tour with them but didn’t get in the band.” - Ben Shepherd.
"I remember hearing songs from the Mother Love Bone album, and hearing Alice in Chains, and feeling like this is more than just a fad or moment, I remember the first time I heard Nirvana’s demo cassette that became ‘Bleach,’ and feeling that there was a lot of great music here. It was friendly, but there were rivalries in a sense. If there’s a whole bunch of good bands, it forces you to up your game a little bit. There was a little bit of an uncomfortable transition that I think all the Seattle bands had, which was - it was anti-commercial, it was anti every institution that supported commercial music as well.
If you remember when Kurt and Nirvana were on the cover of Rolling Stone, he was wearing a T-shirt that said ‘Corporate magazines still suck.’ I thought, well that’s great that he wore that and they put that on their magazine, but he also showed up for the photo-shoot and did the interviews and agreed wholeheartedly and happily to be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.” - Chris Cornell.
"We turned down Guns ‘N’ Roses. That would be a big waste of time. I can’t comment on Soundgarden because I know them personally and I really like them a lot, but I have strong feelings towards Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains and bands like that. They’re obviously just corporate puppets that are just trying to jump on the alternative bandwagon - and we are being lumped into that category. Those bands have been in the hairspray, cock-rock scene for years and all of a sudden they stop washing their hair and start wearing flannel shirts. It doesn’t make any sense to me. There are bands moving from L.A. and all over to Seattle and then claim they’ve lived there all their life so they can get record deals. It really offends me." - Kurt Cobain.
Kurt was a huge fan of Metallica.
Metallica sent a fax to Nirvana that said “We really dig Nirvana. ‘Nevermind’ is the best album of the year. Let’s get together soon, Metallica. PS, Lars hates the band.”
James really enjoyed Nirvana’s album ‘Bleach.’
Lars later would say in an interview after Kurt passed: "In 1991 there was a kind of shift in rock music in America, it was shifting away from all the hair bands in L.A. And with Kurt Cobain you felt you were connecting to the real person, not to a perception of who he was; you were not connecting to an image or a manufactured cut-out. You felt that between you and him there was nothing, it was heart-to-heart. There are very few people who have that ability. I never met him but our guitarist Kirk Hammett had a relationship with him. We were doing this tour with Guns ‘N’ Roses in the US in 1992 and we wanted Nirvana to come out and join us. Kirk asked Kurt, but while Cobain said he would play with Metallica anywhere in the world, at any time, on any stage, he would not step up on the same stage as Guns ‘N’ Roses; obviously he felt that Axl was the antithesis to what he was.
As I said, I never met Kurt, and he’s probably the only guy in Rock ‘n’ Roll that I have never met that I really wanted to, other than Bon Scott maybe. What a sad thing we can’t hear the fourth Nirvana album. It would have been so great to be able to see how that would have evolved.” - Lars Ulrich.
"He came to one of our shows in Seattle, on the ‘Black Album’ tour. “I remember at one point, we were playing ‘Whiplash,’ and he looked at me and kept punching the air with his fist, and gave me a big thumbs-up sign. I was like, ‘Cool. Kurt, I know you love this song. This one’s for you!’ I knew Kurt kind of well, and I hung out with him quite a bit, he was a pretty big Metallica fan, I was surprised at how much of a Metallica fan he was. He loved ‘Ride the Lightning.’ He loved that album.” - Kirk Hammett.
"Those people are total sexist jerks, The guy [Axl Rose] is a fucking sexist and a racist and a homophobe, and you can’t be on his side and be on our side. I’m sorry that I have to divide this up like this, but it’s something you can’t ignore. And besides they can’t write good music’." - Kurt Cobain.
Dave never disliked Guns ‘N’ Roses, he just didn’t like Axl because of his attitude toward Kurt and Nirvana. Things have changed a little over the years.
“Anyone that has met any of those guys like Slash, Duff, they’re really nice guys. After Kurt died one of the first phone calls I got was from Matt Sorum. He left a message and said ‘man, I’m really sorry and I hope you’re doing well.’ I thought that was really cool. They’re good dudes. What had happened was Guns ‘N’ Roses were about to do a big stadium tour and they wanted us to come out on the road with them and we just weren’t ready to do something like that. It wasn’t our scene. So in saying no it blew up into something else. We were coming from two totally different places. Our whole world rejected that scene as something that was just not real. There were big differences, fundamental differences in what we did.” - Dave Grohl.
From another interview:
"I remember that when ‘Nevermind’ first came out, Axl Rose was a really big fan of us. Guns ‘N’ Roses was about to do this massive stadium tour with Metallica, and they wanted us to open. So Axl had been calling Kurt nonstop. One day we’re walking through an airport and Kurt says, "Fuck. Axl Rose won’t stop calling me." I think it represented something bigger. Nirvana didn’t want to turn into Guns N’ Roses. So Kurt started talking shit in interviews, and then Axl started talking back. It went back and forth like tenth-grade bullshit. Then we got to the awards and our trailers were all in the same one hundred yards. And Courtney was there, which never makes anything easier. So it didn’t take much to blow up into a full-fledged showdown. Kurt and Courtney were screaming at Axl. Axl screamed back. It was all just soap-opera bullshit. Krist, our bass player, almost got in a fistfight. I was just the drummer, so I shouted some loud, funny shit and hit the bar." - Dave Grohl.
Interviewer: "Where did the line “Here we are now, entertain us” come from?"
Kurt Cobain: "That came from something I used to say every time I used to walk into a party to break the ice. A lot of times, when you’re standing around with people in a room, it’s really boring and uncomfortable. So it was “Well, here we are, entertain us. You invited us here.”"