Courtney Love Says Kurt Cobain Was Under Pressure While Recording Nirvana’s ‘Bleach’ Album
In a recent interview with Violet Book, Courtney Love revealed that her late husband and Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, was under the pressure of ‘gatekeepers of culture’ during the recording process of the band’s debut album, ‘Bleach.’ She also shared a part of the interview and reflected her feelings about Cobain’s status at the time on her official Twitter account.
As you might know, Nirvana released its debut studio album entitled ‘Bleach’ on June 15, 1989. All of the songs were written by the band’s lead vocalist Kurt Cobain who was also on the vocals and the guitar, Krist Novoselic was on the bass guitar, and Chad Channing was on the drums. The album received very positive reviews from their new fans and music critics.
In one of his previous interviews, Kurt Cobain revealed that he didn’t care about the meanings of the songs in ‘Bleach’ and he was very angry while he was writing the lyrics of the songs. He mentioned that he just wanted to utter negative words unless they are sexist and discriminative. He emphasized that he was under the pressure and he had to choose the right words.
In one of Cobain’s previous interviews, he said:
“I didn’t give a flying fuck what the lyrics were about. I was pissed off. Let’s just scream negative lyrics, and as long as they’re not sexist and don’t get too embarrassing it’ll be okay. I don’t hold any of those lyrics dear to me.”
During a recent interview of which she shared some parts on her Twitter account, Courtney Love confirmed that gatekeepers of culture, in this case his bandmates, didn’t let Cobain express his true feelings during the composing and recording process of Nirvana’s ‘Bleach’ album. She also stated that Kurt was never accepted beacuse he was a ‘townie’ from the most depressed town in Washington. Love pointed out to the fact that he was tought that ‘Capitalism is bad, ambition is bad, melody is bad’ which created the oppression he felt in the first place.
Here’s what Love wrote in her tweet:
“The first interview in 8 years that’s me. The first shoot in 8 years. I’m proud of it. ‘The Violet Book.'”
Courtney Love reflected on the pressure Kurt Cobain felt:
“Some gatekeepers of culture think it has to be avant-garde, anguşar, ugly, or academic. Kurt had to hide so much of his melodic instinct on ‘Bleach.’ We discussed it a lot. He talked about the scene in Olympia and how oppressive it felt. Kurt was never accepted because he was, in their words, a ‘townie‘ from the most sad, depressed town in Washington. He was told, ‘Capitalism is bad, ambition is bad, melody is bad.’ We all were, for a very long time.”
You can see the tweets below.
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 29, 2021