"Pat Smear told me that Kurt loved "Exhausted" too, and he wanted Nirvana to do it, but he didn’t want to ask me if he could change the lyrics. I wish he had because I would have said, ‘Absolutely.’ To have that beautiful voice over one of my songs would have been amazing. After what happened to Kurt, there was a lot of emphasis placed on the meaning of the first Foo Fighters album, but I’d deliberately written nonsensical lyrics. There was too much to say." - Dave Grohl, 2009.
"It’s not my fault. I never wanted the fame involved. That’s a totally different story. I think Paul Stanley (of Kiss) once said something, like, "The only thing that money gives you is the relief of not having to worry about money." Only thing I’d really like to do with it, is to invest in some bands that I like, I don’t wanna start my own record label cause God, I know I couldn’t do that. But I’d like to give some money to some labels who’re putting out great music, help in that way. And um, probably gonna buy a house. Hopefully we can have a recording studio too a little 8-track recording studio, so we can make good demos. And those are pretty much the plans and just get some new shoes." - Kurt Cobain.
September, 1992 - Tori Amos featured on ‘Keyboard’ magazine, discussing her cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Tori Amos: "I wanted people to be open to what a piano could bring and that it wasn’t something that was out of touch. That anything can be played on a piano, anything, it just has to be rearranged. But back then, people had shut the door on piano in 1991. Nobody was signing artists that just played the piano. I had to fight for that."
Kurt Cobain: "We used to put it on every morning and have breakfast and dance around. We’d turn it up really loud and do interpretive dancing to it. It’s good breakfast music. We’d use it as an opener before we came out onstage, too. We would play that song and then we would come out doing dances to the song."
September 11th, 1992 - An interview with Nirvana in Seattle, Washington:
Interviewer: "Kurt, have you heard of this band called ‘Nirvana?’"
Kurt Cobain: "Yeah, they’re English, they’re British. They were a hot group from the 60s and we recently had to give them about $200,000 for using their name. And we recently gave $100,000 to a local Christian band named Nirvana in Orange Country. We had to go to court over it. Now we have to call ourselves ‘Nirvana UK’ anytime we play in Los Angeles."
Interviewer: "Krist, what do you do on a typical day?"
Krist Novoselic: "Try to wake up, make my day meaningful. I do yoga, when I’m not hungover."
Interviewer: "Dave, is Nirvana bigger than Christ?"
Dave Grohl: "Not until we sell 100 million records."
"A drunken, fucked up man (or me) in a room full of people at a party, man has a gun and is stumbling around falling down threatening to shoot. The man has wild glossy stare.." - Kurt Cobain’s ideas for a Milk It/Scentless Apprentice music video.
"The first couple years, I really felt like I had to explain and defend what I was doing. Because, first of all, you’re just a drummer. And what, you’re trying to sing? And also, you were in Nirvana so.. what the fuck is this shit?’ So you just get to the point where you think.. You know, Fuck you people." - Dave Grohl on starting Foo Fighters after Nirvana.
October 26th, 1991 - Nirvana live in San Francisco, California at the Warfield Theatre. The show was packed full of kids all ages. Nirvana loved doing the all ages shows. The price to get in was a little expensive at the time (costing $13.00) to witness history. Kurt Cobain stated after the show: "Tonight ruled. It’s cool doing these all ages shows. I’m really into doing it for the kids. It kinda sucks that the door (price to get in) was high.."
July 23rd, 1993 - Kurt Cobain live at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. Kurt Cobain overdosed on heroin in a bathroom hotel before the show and was revived by Courtney Love. He stated about the incident:
"It’s a part of my life that I’m not too proud of.. It’s been going on for years. Then I slowly decided not to self-destruct. I wasn’t familiar with what heroin does to people. I did it first in ‘85/’86 in Aberdeen. I’d wanted to try it for ever. I wanted to be a junkie for a few months after ‘Nevermind’ and the tour. It was a really stupid idea. I didn’t understand how evil it is, how hard it is to get off it. It’s the most addictive thing I’ve ever tried. It’s an ongoing dilemma. I still have problems with it. This year.. I’ve fucked up a few times.. I couldn’t fool myself or anyone else that I won’t do it again; I’ll always be a junkie."
Here is a video I posted two years ago with Kurt speaking about it.
If the video isn’t working, this is what he says: "For a long time, we weren’t happy with Chad’s drumming. He has his own unique style, and it’s appropriate for a lot of the songs that we wrote but not for what we wanted to do at the time. We wanted to move into a Pop world. His style just didn’t fit."
October 26th, 1993 - The MECCA Auditorium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
"We’d like to thank Jawbreaker and Mudhoney for playing with us, thanks." - Kurt Cobain.
Maya Beiser the “Cello Goddess” covers Nirvana’s ‘Lithium.’
"When I first heard Nirvana I thought at last, someone did it. Someone found a way to make chamber music out of real rock ‘n’ roll. It was like hearing late Beethoven quartets - all the power of larger forces, packed into something intimate and personal. Kurt Cobain’s voice is like a cello, like Pablo Casals - the combination of grit and beauty, going from whisper to a primal scream on a dime. The chord progressions are unique and unexpected, but as soon as you hear them, it’s like they’ve been around forever." - Maya Beiser.
(Source: nirvananews / innova Recordings)
Kurt Cobain speaking about his heroin use and stomach issues. I’ve received a few messages from people asking where the gun quote came from, here ya go.
"I instantly regained that familiar burning nausea and decided to either kill myself or stop the pain. I bought a gun but chose drugs instead."
"If you throw one more shoe or one more coin, I’m gonna turn on my guitar amplifier and leave for an hour and it’s gonna be massive feedback for an hour, because when one rotten apple in the class fucks it up, the rest have to suffer, Okay?" - Kurt Cobain speaking to the rambunctious crowd in Springfield, Massachusetts. November 10th, 1993.
"I do love kids. I know that sounds weird, but I do. I have a little sister who’s four years old. And I was a lifeguard, and I taught pre-school kids how to swim, and I worked at the YMCA and did daycare, and I babysat during my teenage years. Which was all kind of a strange thing in Aberdeen, because mostly males don’t babysit that much and sometimes when I was sitting and the lady’s date would come over, he’d have this weird reaction when he saw me." - Kurt Cobain, 1991.
From an article out of ‘Kerrang!’ magazine, August 24th, 1991:
"Nirvana are it. The shit. The beef. The most likely to succeed. The Seattle band destined to go where no current or ex-Sub-Popper has gone before. Songs like ‘In Bloom’, ‘Drain You’, or ‘Teen Spirit’ are that good."