Kurt Cobain would have been 50 today. I can’t explain adequately How much Nirvana has helped me, I wouldn’t be the same person i am today, They’ve been one of my favorite bands for more than half my life, I even woke up early to make this drawing, Happy birthday Kurt, you are dearly missed.
Happy 50th Birthday to the man who changed millions of people’s lives, who tried his best to stay with us even through the pain he had gone through, to the man who adored his fans and made music for them. Happy 50th birthday Kurt Cobain!
happy 50th birthday to one of the most important people in my life. your music was there for me when i needed it the most and along the way i got to know you, which one of the best things that has happened to me. you are more special to me than you’ll ever know and i miss you so much. i love you. thank you for the music.
Everybody Hurts Sometime by Jeff Giles Excerpt from Newsweek interview with Michael Stipe Newsweek, 9/26/94, Vol. 124 Issue 13, p60, 3p.
What can you tell me about “Let Me In”? That’s a song that I wrote to Kurt Cobain after he killed himself. [Pause.] I, um…I should be able to do this without getting emotional. [Pause.] I lost a friend in October – River Phoenix was a very, very close friend of mine. And I’ve never suffered such a profound loss. I couldn’t write for five months. We had started the record in September. I’d written two songs and then River died. And, having written “Automatic for the People,” I was not about to write another record about death and loss. So it took me five months to sit down and write again. Then, halfway through making “Monster,” Kurt died. At that point, I just threw my hands up and wrote “Let Me In.”
So when you sing “Hey, let me in” – that’s you talking to Cobain? That was me on the phone to him, desperately trying to get him out of the frame of mind he was in….In the most big- brotherly way – God, I hate that term – in the most genuine way, I wanted him to know that he didn’t need to pay attention to all this, that he was going to make it through. If R.E.M. had sold 5 million copies of “Murmur,” none of us would be alive to tell the tale. I really believe that. I’d have died with Quaaludes in my blood and a lot of Jack Daniels.
What else did you and Cobain have in common? One of the things I think I’ve done successfully as a media figure is avoid a lot of the cliches, like the macho posing. I’ve tried really hard to blur the lines, and a lot of that does have to do with sexuality. I like fucking around with gender. I like writing songs that aren’t gender-specific. And I really felt an alliance with both Kurt and River in that both of those guys, in their respective fields, were doing the same thing.
The cliched take on your career is that, when you started out, you were very shy. It’s not a cliche. It’s the dead truth. I was unbearably shy. And that’s part of what drew me to River. I recognized that in him. The first time I met him, his hair was completely covering his face. And I was like, “God, that was me at 22.” There’s an incredible vulnerability at the core of what River, Kurt and I do – or did.
Just before his death, Cobain said all he wanted to do was record with you. Do you know what sort of music he had in mind? Yeah, he talked a lot about what direction he was heading in. I mean, I know what the next Nirvana recording was going to sound like. It was going to be very quiet and acoustic, with lots of stringed instruments. It was going to be an amazing fucking record, and I’m a little bit angry at him for killing himself. He and I were going to record a trial run of the album, a demo tape. It was all set up. He had a plane ticket. He had a car picking him up. And at the last minute he called and said, “I can’t come.”
Happy birthday Kurt Cobain, who would’ve been 50 today. By the time I was born Kurt Cobain was already dead. When I discovered Nirvana music my life changed: not only my music taste, but he also changed the way I view the world.
Nirvana are the first band I’ve ever gotten into, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ was the first album I’ve ever bought, the first band merch I’ve ever bought was a Nirvana sweatshirt that I still own and I still love to death.
Kurt Cobain is someone I definitely looked up to growing, I wish he was alive.
I’m such a nihilistic jerk half the time. I’m so fucking sarcastic at times and then at other times I’m still vulnerable and so sincere. That’s pretty much how every song comes out — it’s like a mixture of both of them, and that’s pretty much how people my age are. I’m just as pissed off about the things that made me pissed off a few years ago. I’m pissed off about everything in general so all these songs are pretty much about my battle with the things that piss me off.
Happy 50th birthday and rest in peace to Kurt Cobain!
“I learned a lot from Kurt Cobain, not particularly from the time I
played trumpet with them, but I think the same thing that everybody had
the opportunity to learn, just that he was a very dedicated songwriter
who was able to cut through all of the bullshit, and focus on the
essence of music.”
Flea talking about Kurt Cobain, Alternative Nation interview. - 2016.
Flea and Kurt Cobain at the MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles. - 1993.