Petals - Hole
Recorded four months before Kurt Cobain’s death, Nirvana’s MTV performance was intimate, awkward, and totally genius.
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“…god how I do love playing live, it’s the most primal form of energy release you can share with other people besides having sex or taking drugs. So if you see A good live show on drugs and then lAter that evening hAve sex, you’ve bAsically covered All the Bases of energy release, And we All need to let off steAm, it’s eAsier And sAfer thAn protesting Abortion clinics
or praising God or wanting to hurt your Brother so go to A show dAnce Around A Bit and copulate”
- from Kurt Cobain’s journal; undated entry
We’re not sure whether to laugh or yell at Robinson’s statements. So we’ll just break it down and refute.
He clearly doesn’t get Kurt. The complexity and depth of him, or grunge. He said it was never about the music, but about the drama and the angst. Well buddy - Kurt, everyone, they were all going through shit and everyone was frustrated at everything and fuck yes anger was reflected in their music…that’s kind of the point. And they cared a lot for their music…it’s just so much more was going on other than the production,media,marketing etc. That’s what they didn’t give a shit about. I mean at a certain point Kurt was struggling not to collapse in pain so he can perform. Bigger shit was happening.
Then Robinson says that Kurt cannot be compared to John Lennon. We’re not sure how this is supposed to back up his argument against Kurt as an artist, because of course they are two completely different people. We agree. And? Of course they’re different. Of course they stood for different things. But in the end, the icon that is John Lennon does not take away the icon that is Kurt Cobain. He is a separate person that made a different genre of music in an entirely different environment How is this an excuse to oversimplify who Kurt Cobain was? Really, you’re going to define him by his death and struggle with substance abuse? How many other amazing artists would be discredited then, if this is enough bases for it? He also points out that Kurt made “a couple album’s worth of songs”. This person’s comment is the perfect response: “Sad that an artist states that another artists’ work means less than someone else’s due to lack of volume. This is not how art, especially music, is graded. It’s graded on personal, individual levels of impact. It’s all about feelings and emotions. Kurt might not have as many albums in Rolling Stones Top 100 list, but that means fuck all to the kids who back in the 90′s survived due to Cobain’s music.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Then he says Kurt Cobain wasn’t “like this thing” that was Jim Morrison when Robinson was growing up. Okay. Moving on.
But as soon as Robinson says “He obviously had a gift to write a pop song. You could call it grunge or whatever, but he could write a good pop song.” We realize it’s impossible for anyone in their right mind with any basic knowledge of the history and make-up of grunge music to take this seriously anyway, so to each their own.
Don’t like Nirvana? OK. Don’t like Kurt Cobain? We don’t understand but OK. But deduce Kurt Cobain who meant and still means so much to so many people, was such a compassionate, inspiring, highly perceptive, intelligent, and talented, individual to a “junkie that blew his brains out”? No. Not okay. We’ve got his back.
Like Kurt said to MTV, fuck you.
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