Kurt Cobain’s ‘lost’ interview from 1989

Kurt Cobain’s ‘lost’ interview from 1989
Oct 26 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/26/2018 12:23:08 PM IST

 A never before heard early interview with Nirvana band members Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic from 1989 is to be released today.

The interview, conducted by Manchester journalist and Membranes frontman John Robb, was carried out in New York City during the bands first US tour to promote their debut album, ‘Bleach’.

In the 20 minute interview, Cobain and Novoselic can be heard initially talking about their hometown roots and desire to escape. They also talk about their enjoyment of performing live, how their writing process was changing, as well as their hopes for the future of the band.

Speaking shortly after their signing to Sub Pop records, Cobain told Robb: “I’ve been writing songs for six years in this style of music” and that the last “two years” saw him and Novoselic get “really serious” about their music after being in and out of other bands previously. Both talk about starting the band in Aberdeen, Washington, to escape a future of logging – one of the town’s main employment industries.

“I sat in my bedroom and played guitar,” Cobain said of avoiding a future in industry in his hometown. When asked by Robb what he would have done if he hadn’t formed Nirvana, Cobain says: “[I’d] keep trying in another band…I can probably say I’ve never learned the fine art of logging.” Both Cobain and Novoselic discuss their determination for Nirvana to succeed and how they “probably just [would] have resorted to putting out our own records” had they not been signed to Sub Pop.

Discussing some newly written songs, Cobain describes them as being about “anger, negativity” with a “typical punk rock attitude” before telling Robb that he found it harder to be “angry” since leaving home.

“I imagine I am becoming happier because I am escaping. I find myself sometimes making things hard for myself so I can still have a little bit of anger,” Cobain tells Robb.

He continues: “I’ve written most of the material on this record out of Aberdeen…all of the material on this record was written in Olympia…the songs are getting poppier and poppier as I’m getting happier and happier. [They’re] probably about conflicts in relationships, emotions and feelings…when I write a song, the lyrics are the least most important thing so I don’t dwell on it at all. I can actually have two or three different subjects within a song and the title will mean nothing to the rest of the music.”    (NME)

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