Dave Grohl Thinks Kurt Cobain’s Success Might Be A Curse
Former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, recently spoke to Channel 4 News to reflect his ideas about Nirvana’s great popularity and commercial success by characterizing Kurt Cobain’s remarkable lyrics as a curse and gift.
As you might know, Nirvana released their debut studio album entitled ‘Bleach’ on June 15, 1989. It achieved critical acclaim and popularity, and its success was followed by ‘Nevermind’ and ‘In Utero.’ The band’s frontman Kurt Cobain wrote almost all the lyrics, and his talents were highly appreciated by grunge fans and other musicians.
However, Nirvana’s rising popularity thanks to their hit records led to some problems for the band members. Kurt Cobain became more and more addicted to heroin probably because of the unexpected fame and great pressure. Unfortunately, Nirvana disbanded after Cobain committed suicide at his home on April 8, 1994.
Therefore Dave Grohl stated that Cobain wouldn’t have felt this kind of pressure and depression if Nirvana hadn’t become so popular and commercially successful. He revealed that they were happy about being a local punk rock band, but Cobain’s lyrics, which Grohl defined as a cure and blessing, were so influential and meaningful that people from all around the world connected with Nirvana.
Grohl shared his ideas, saying:
“The punk rock underground was kind of like ethically suffocating. You were conditioned to reject any sort of commercialism and conformity, any sort of top radio things like that. So then, your band becomes popular like ‘what do you do, how do you reconcile those two things, how do you justify that?’ It’s difficult. It’s one of the things that really affected Nirvana.
Noone of us ever thought we’re gonna be this gigantic band. We were perfectly comfortable in our little corner in the underground doing it the way we have always done it. However, unfortunately, Kurt’s songs were so good. The millions and millions of people connected to it.
So you can either see it as a blessing celebration or you can see it as some sort of a curse. There’s weird guilt and shame in that which I think it’s really dangerous. It’s dangerous because when you were young and lying on your bedroom floor. There’s no guilt in that.”
You can watch the interview below.