Say it ain't so: From Kurt's Journal →
hell0andgoodbye: “It is time now for all the “fortunate” ones, the cheerleaders and the football jock to strip down naked in front of the entire school at an assembly and Plead with every ounce of their souls for mercy and forgiveness, to admit that they are wrong. They are representatives of gluttony and…
SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK ALIEN: Kurt Cobain's Top 50... →
subterraneanhomesickblog: 50. Raping a Slave - Swans 49. Mazzy Star - Mazzy Star 48. Over the Edge - Wipers 47. Youth of America - Wipers 46. Is This Real? - Wipers 45. The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie 44. Beach Party - Marine Girls 43. Takes a Nation of Millions - Public Enemy 42. Flowers of Romance -…
MTV: Did you feel with Nevermind that you could make the record you wanted to make?
Kurt Cobain: Yeah. Nevermind was definitely an album we wanted to make. We have no regrets. Other than maybe the production was too slick. Now that I look back on it I don't think it's as raw as it could have been. And that's our fault. I can't blame it on anyone else. I can't blame it on [Nevermind producer] Butch Vig. He recorded the record perfectly. But it's just that studios are a really, really deceiving environment. You don't know what it's going to really sound like until you take it home and it's on a tape and you listen to it over and over again. At that point, after we attempted to mix Nevermind for like two weeks, we were so burnt out on it that we just didn't even care anymore. By the time we got Andy Wallace in, it was just like "Oh, yeah, this is fine!" [Laughs]
MTV: Why was Andy Wallace brought in?
Cobain: We recorded the album, then we immediately started mixing and we were just burnt out. We just couldn't get it together. I don't have any explanation for it really. It just didn't sound good. We just couldn't get it right.
MTV: I talked to you guys at the Reading Festival in 1991 before Nevermind came out, when you were on tour with Sonic Youth. What was that like?
Cobain: It was incredible. I mean, to be asked to go on tour by a band like Sonic Youth was like a dream come true. I still can't describe what I felt. It was like wow, what an honor. It was great and the momentum and excitement at the time was so great, because everyone sensed that the album was going to do pretty well. There was just a feeling in the air, there was just like this new thing happening. No one could quite pinpoint it, but we knew that we were a part of it. One of the first shows we played with them was at the Reading Festival. There had been alternative bands playing the Reading Festival for the last three or four years. We didn't know anything about it. We never knew that that thing existed. To walk out onstage in front of that many people, and to realize that that many people like this kind of music, it was just like, "Wow, where have we been? Under a rock all these years?" But then again, Europe is a bit different than America, too. I mean, America's quite a few years behind.
MTV: It seems like Sonic Youth took you under their wing when you showed up.
Cobain: Oh absolutely, yeah. Sonic Youth has helped more bands than any band I can think of. They always know what's hot and new. They're just really great. They're really good about things like that.
MTV: Did you feel better going to the major label Geffen knowing they had done it?
Cobain: Oh yeah. We just basically do everything that Sonic Youth does. We just steal all their ideas. That's what we're turning into now. If you saw the show tonight, if you saw that last thing we did, whatever you wanna call it, we're turning into a noise guitar prog rock band. Hey, that's the next step for any band! But they've been doing it for years before anyone else. Honestly, I feel kind of burnt out with the formula that we've been doing. We've been in this band for like six years and playing pop music can get a bit redundant, so I think we all wanna start experimenting and really the only alternative you have is to turn into Sonic Youth. [Laughs]
MTV: Not such a bad thing.
Cobain: No. Except for that it's been done. But&
MTV: You gonna start getting the 15 guitars with alternate tunings on all of them?
Cobain: No, I don't think I could ever have the patience to do that. But&
MTV: Looking back, does the two weeks before Nevermind came out seem like a calm before the storm?
Cobain: It must have been. We were unaware of it. I mean, we had an idea that something was gonna happen, but it was a nice storm.
MTV: Do you remember where you were when "Smells Like Teen Spirit" started getting airplay?
Cobain: No. We were somewhere in Europe. The nicest thing about that tour was that we weren't aware of our stardom. We just got reports every once in a while, Hey, you guys are on the top 40. Like, really? We didn't even believe people for a long time. We thought everyone was pulling our legs. But it wasn't until we got back to the States, I turned on MTV and there we were. Because they don't have MTV in Europe very much, in very many places, so we really had no idea.
MTV: So you didn't get it gradually, just all of a sudden.
Cobain: No it was just [when we] came home it was like the Beatles. It was like Nirvanamania, stepping off the plane, there weren't a bunch of kids waiting with banners but& [Laughs]
MTV: Those record company people.
MTV: So it hit at once, hey guess what, you're a star?
Cobain: Yeah. Yeah.
MTV: Were you surprised?
Cobain: Shocked is a good word. Yeah. How long did it take me to get used to it? Three years! [Laughs]
MTV: What did you think of the Tori Amos cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?
MTV: Is it true that you and Courtney Love used to wake up and dance around to it?
Cobain: Yeah. We used to put it on every morning and have breakfast and dance around. We'd turn it up really loud and do interpretive dancing to it. It's good breakfast music.
MTV: It's funny to listen to. The mulatto and albino part.
Cobain: [Singing] "I'm mulatto." I know. [Laughs] For a while we were using it as an opener before we came out onstage, too. We would play that song and then we would come out doing dances to the song.
MTV: What about Weird Al's "Smells Like Nirvana"?
Cobain: Oh, I laughed my ass off. I thought it was one of the funniest things I ever saw. He has some good people working for him. Those people really know how to & I mean, I'm sure he has a lot to do with it, but they really know how to reproduce things to the T. He had the exact same setup. It's the same video with him in it. It's great.
MTV: Do you go along with the idea that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?
Cobain: Sure. Yeah.
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