Both Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl were part of one of the biggest bands ever in Nirvana, but in April 1994 Nirvana ended with the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain. Both musicians recently spoke with Rolling Stone about their reflections on the groundbreaking band and still dealing with the aftermath nearly 20 years later.
Novoselic admitted he’s been listening to Nirvana a lot lately, something which would seem natural given the new 20th anniversary edition of ‘In Utero’ arriving in stores. He goes on to add, “There is a lot of baggage that comes with it. It brings back a lot of memories — good memories, painful memories. But it’s good music — good rock music.”
Grohl, meanwhile, recently told Rolling Stone that he has a hard time listening to ‘In Utero.’ He explains, “The album should be listened to as it was the day it came out. That’s my problem with the record. I used to like to listen to it. And I don’t anymore, because of that. To me, if you listen to it without thinking of Kurt dying, you might get the original intention of the record.”
The drummer adds, “My kids, they know I was in Nirvana. They know Kurt was killed. I haven’t told them that he killed himself. They’re four and seven years old. So when they listen to ‘In Utero,’ they’ll have that fresh perspective — the original intention of the album, as a first-time listener.”
I wanted to post this because I really like what Grohl says. I don't know what it's like to listen to this album before Kurt ended it. I do remember being in elementary school listening to Come As You Are "And I swear that I don't have a gun" and just singing along.
Hindsight is 20/20. In Utero is dark but I don't think of Kurt's suicide when I listen to it.
For anyone alove bacl then in 1994 When Kurt ended it, Nirvana Unplugged released on MTV postmortem and the stage is set up like a funeral. Kurt's sober, somber and everytime I watch it instead of just listen to the album it looks like the end.
He's done. This was his tying up loose ends. Paying homage to those in music he loved.
He was set on killing himself. There were previous attempts. Fame boxes you in and if you are weak already it is too much to handle.
Thank you Kurt for everything, wishing you were here. Live on forever.