Dave Grohl Says Kurt Cobain Wanted Nirvana To Be The Biggest Band In The World


Foo Fighters founder and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl recently appeared on MSNBC and revealed that Kurt Cobain aimed to make Nirvana the biggest band in the world.

Kurt Cobain found a way for himself to express his anger by writing songs throughout his life. Especially after he formed Nirvana along with the bassist Krist Novoselic in 1987, he began to touch upon many lives. Nirvana appeared as a grunge act in Seattle then and introduced this underground genre to many people.

Cobain impressed the audience with his distinctive vocals and the songs reflecting the themes of social alienation and loneliness. The band significantly impacted the period it showed up as a grunge band with its signature songs such as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ ‘Come As You Are,’ and ‘Lithium.’ The group, which achieved great unexpected success, left many impacts on the music world with its hit tracks and primarily Cobain’s vocal talent.

In a recent video, Dave Grohl, who was Nirvana’s drummer between 1990 and 1994, recalled when they were having meetings with records companies to find a proper one to make their name heard. When they were in New York, Cobain told one of the executives that he wanted Nirvana to be the biggest band in the world, as the drummer noted. Grohl thought Kurt was joking by not finding this aim realistic because of the dominant music style of that period. He stated that Cobain’s songs reached millions of people despite his disbelief.

Dave Grohl explained in his words:

“I always remember one time when we were going around to record companies who wanted to sign the band. We were sitting in this high-rise office in New York City with this record executive, and he said, ‘Well, what do you guys want?’ And Kurt said, ‘We want to be the biggest band in the world.’ I thought he was joking. I mean, you have to remember at the time when music was.

It was like Wilson Phillips, Mariah Carey, and Michael Bolton. There was just no way that that was going to happen. But Kurt’s songs were so good that they were appreciated by millions and millions of people, and it drove us into kind of a difficult place. It painted us in this corner that was hard to get out of. But still to this day, those songs mean so much to so many people.”

You can watch Dave Grohl’s statements below.