In the wee small hours of the morning, Cobain is rifling through his record collection. Novoselic left hours ago. Hundreds of records are stacked against the wrought-iron rail that looks over the living room. The record player is perched on an old black trunk. The painting from the cover of “Incesticide” leans against one wall, a giant telescope in front of it.
“I sat in this orgone machine, and there were black widows in there, he [William Burroughs] still has one and I was afraid because I have arachnophobia. He had to kill all of the spiders for me.”- Kurt Cobain, 1993.
“I’ve been relieved of so much pressure in the last year and a half, I’m still kind of mesmerized by it. Pulling this record off [In Utero]. My family. My child. Meeting William Burroughs and doing a record with him. Just little things that no one would recognize or care about, and it has a lot to do with this band. If it wasn’t for this band, those things never would have happened. I’m really thankful, and every month I come to more optimistic conclusions.”- Kurt Cobain.
Today in 1993, Nirvana had one of their longest interviews in Saint Paul, MN. The band talked with MTV’s Kurt Loder about Michael Jackson, William Burroughs, Backstage dinners with family, the JFK assassination/conspiracy theories, Shonen Knife, Steve Albini’s recording of In Utero, the band being married, Kurt’s stomp boxes/guitars, being on tour, & more.
Kurt Cobain was gifted with the phone number & an autographed first edition of William Burrough’s “Naked Lunch”. He went into Laundry Room Studios & recorded a 26-minute jam which was part of his collaboration with Burroughs titled as “The Priest They Called Him”.
Today in 1993, The band had a night off in Kansas City. Pat and Kurt go to see the ‘Tree People’ play live, earlier in the day Kurt went and met up with William Burroughs who he recorded a piece for previously in 1992.