Over the rest of their short career, Kurt Cobain and co would belt out a torrent of classics. Thu 20 Jun Behind it, however, lurks an intriguingly equivocal song about the comforts of faith — not, it has to be said, a topic regularly addressed in the US post-punk underground whence Nirvana sprang.
In rock music it takes a second to make a tragedy, but decades to make a legend. Far beyond his unique talents he was a generational icon, the grunge punk pioneer at the epicentre of his entire movement. A figure that encapsulated the early Nineties alternative rock explosion in one defiant-yet-pained gaze into camera and, by being so honest and relatable to his fans, made them feel that they did too. Read our interview with Nirvana's former manager Danny Goldberg, here. Already have an account? Log in here. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium.
For the first year of the series, the Sub Pop Singles Club released music by underground luminaries like Sonic Youth, Fugazi, and the Flaming Lips, bands that have remain touchstones in alternative rock ever since. Seemingly overnight, the music industry was suddenly chasing down the likes of Royal Trux, Steel Pole Bath Tub, and the Jesus Lizard so as to hand them suitcases of cash. For a few years, corporate rock had to pretend to be college rock. Musically, Nirvana was a cagey mix of ludicrously macho classic rock, scummy punk, irrefutable pop hooks, and precocious indie twee. The band remains a gateway for new listeners, a bridge between generations and extremes. Cut your teeth on the Beatles and Nirvana can quickly usher you toward Flipper and the Melvins. Teenage angst paid off well, as Kurt Cobain once humblebragged, but we fans received something in return, something that it took decades for many of us to fully appreciate. Tucked away in Journals , Kurt Cobain wrote a letter to his ex-girlfriend Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill about how he perceived his band in the American cultural landscape.
April 5 will mark 20 years since the untimely death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. But despite the two decades that have passed since Nirvana came to a halt, the GRAMMY-winning grunge pioneers continue to gain recognition. Earlier this year, Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Wash. And widow Courtney Love recently revealed tentative plans for a Cobain-inspired Broadway musical. Needless to say, people can't stop talking about Cobain and Nirvana, including their peers. Below we present a list of 10 songs that name-check or were written for the venerable musician. According to Songfacts. That same addictive substance plagued Cobain for a majority of his short life. Mostly as a symbol of a life lived, however short, on your own terms. Featured on the Irish band's Top 5 album To The Faithful Departed , which, as its title suggests, features songs about the deceased, "I'm Still Remembering" was written six months after the death of Cobain.