"Attention. This is Kurt from Nirvana."
"This was in Seattle, 1990. He simply came off stage, sat down and cried for about half a minute. Then he was fine. He had just trashed his gear on stage, and it was simply a release of energy. It is a painful picture, but it’s about the angst of performance. The band seemed used to it. He seemed very healthy then, and very happy. He was a very powerful and energetic performer, and it was all he wanted to do. The band was his vehicle, the most important thing in his life." - Ian Tilton. [photographer]
"a paler, bleached-haired, bespectacled Kurt Cobain, but recognizably the same lovable scruff who late last year turned rock ‘n’ roll upside down with a song named after a deodorant." - From ‘NME’ magazine, 1992.
August 6th, 1993 - Nirvana performs a benefit show at the King Performance Center in Seattle, Washington for The Gits’ Mia Zapata. It would be Nirvana’s last show as a three-piece before adding Pat Smear into the mix.
"We’re always doing benefits, we just played one for Mia Zapata. None of us knew her, but we thought, ‘this is where we live, and this is a terrible thing that happened.’ And it’s the least we can do, to play an hour, give something back to the community." - Krist Novoselic.
"I wish Kurt Cobain didn’t die. I really don’t know where he’d be right now, I don’t know what he’d be like. I just like to fantasize that he would like our band and he would know what we were up to." - Theresa Wayman.
From an issue of ‘Melody Maker’ magazine, 1992.
Dave Grohl: "That’s what I always thought of our second record as being, something way less produced, where we can push the sound even further and see if we can get a noisy LP on the charts."
Kurt Cobain: "But do you think that would happen? Let’s pretend we haven’t released ‘Endless, Nameless’ yet, and it’s our first single off the next album. If people bought it, wouldn’t it just prove that they like us just because it’s cool to?"
Krist Novoselic: "No, that argument just doesn’t hold any water. They wouldn’t be that mindless."
Interviewer: "So you have “found God” like it says on “Lithium”?"
Krist Novoselic: "Well, I try to, It’s kind of a transient thing. Sometimes you find God sitting in a hotel room reading a book - it’s just an attitude, I guess. Nobody knows what happens to you when you die. A lot of people have an idea, and some people are pretty convinced about it, but I think that even the most crazy religious fanatic must feel certain doubt somewhere in their mind."
"Sometimes I just fall asleep. I was hyperactive as a child and they gave me speed to counteract that, and it supposedly brought on the narcolepsy, because I started getting it after that. It comes and goes. I mean, if I’m lying in bed and it happens, I’ll just sleep for a few hours. It’s only happened in the middle of a live show a couple of times. I just passed out. I can wake up within a couple of seconds. I’ve fallen down a lot of times." - Kurt Cobain, 1992.
The singer also said that she felt the wound [of Kurt Cobain’s death] was still quite raw for band and family members.
Interviewer: "Music critics generally label Nirvana as “rebels.” Is Cobain comfortable with the tag?"
Kurt Cobain: "Well, I do not take offense to it. I think it’s cool but we have our commercial side too. Some of our songs are really accessible, so accessible even grandmothers can listen and enjoy. On one hand, we have the really loud and noisy stuff, and then we also have the melodic stuff."
Nirvana - Blandest.
“‘Blandest’ didn’t come out very well. They opted to re-record it at a later time because the song was just not ready yet. They instructed me to record over this version, which we did. I never even kept a cassette of it myself so the bootleg copies of it that exist must have come from band members’ Rough Mix cassettes. When they were planning ‘Incesticide’ - Krist called me up and wanted to know if I remembered ‘Blandest’ and if there was a tape of it anywhere; I told him, “no, you guys told me to erase it!” Imagine how spooked I was when I later heard it on a bootleg tenth generation cassette tape.” - Jack Endino (Producer).
Kurt Cobain live in LA, California, 1991.
"Kurt is showing me his glasses which, along with his new hairstyle, are supposed to enable him to walk down the street unrecognized. I suggest that people will most likely stare at him anyway. After four hours of waiting, Steve [Double] gets a 15 minute photo-shoot." - Keith Cameron (Interviewer), Madrid Spain, 1992. [x]
Interviewer: But ya’know, from the.. I don’t know if the word is right, but from the traditional band, the affiliation of a band that you’re coming up with when you talk about the youth, esqued. You’re the first one to boot the door open.
Krist: Yeah, it seems like the mainstream is very consistent. Consistent and like blandest, being bland like bland boring TV shows. Bland boring bands. Bland boring blockbuster movies.
Krist: It’s all very consistent.
Dave: When it comes to mainstream and commercialism, it’s sort of like noones willing to take a chance because it’s a risk of money. Ya’know, that’s why you’ve had the same bunch of crap on MTV for the past six years or whatever it is now. It just comes down to money and people aren’t willing.. “It’s not a feasible business move” ya’know?
[Dave begins pushing the buttons on the television, changing the channels.]
Krist: That’s right! It’s a vicious circle. Cause actually these people who are trying to make money, they play it really safe, and they take like a demographic survey, so they survey all these papal.. papal.. These papal in the high Vatican.. I mean, um, they survey all these people, and they say “What do you like? What do you want to see?” And they’ve been fed garbage so that’s all they know and so they say “We want more garbage!” So they give them the garbage and survey them again and it’s all this garbage, then the next thing you know you have this overfull landfill full of diapers and styrofoam.
Krist: And that’s mainstream culture! A soiled pampered diaper in a big mac container.