Stephen Brodsky Reflects On Kurt Cobain And Nirvana’s Reckless Attitude


Cave In and Old Man Gloom singer Stephen Brodsky talked about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s impact on him during a recent appearance on Revolver’s Fan First. The musician drew attention to the band members’ unique attitudes and perspectives throughout their successful careers.

As one of the bands that made grunge and alternative rock popular and commercially successful, Nirvana created and released iconic hit songs thanks to their well-crafted sounds and lyrics. They gained international fame, and Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl became very influential for young generation musicians. However, they had to deal with an army of journalists and reporters that wanted to know everything about them.

Therefore they tried to find every piece of information and used them in their news articles to draw more and more readers who wished to learn more. The Nirvana members decided not to tell specific details, and their interviews were different from other musicians who opened up about their personal lives. The hardcore fans know that Cobain and his bandmates never liked being exposed to the public and pursuing the stereotypic lifestyles of rock stars.

Recently, Stephen Brodsky also highlighted their reckless attitudes, being relaxed, and not answering many questions during their interviews, saying that he found it very cool. The singer stated that Nirvana icons’ rebellion against the music industry forced them to be public figures, following the fashion and other trends to be more and more popular. Brodsky saw himself in Cobain, and Nirvana inspired him to form his band.

Brodsky shared his ideas, saying:

I think the first artist I saw myself in is Kurt Cobain. This happened around that time I was talking about earlier when I was very awkward and struggling in my skin. I felt whatever awkwardness there was made to feel it was okay; it had a home, a place, an outlet. Also, Nirvana was very polarizing, and I thought that was exciting because they drew a line in the sand between what people were willing to let themselves get into, at least in my experience.

They were like this cause or flag to say ‘I’m on this side; I don’t care about sports, having expensive clothes, modern pop music’ in 1990, 91. I would say Kurt Cobain and also just the way that Nirvana carried themselves, like if you look at interviews that they did in 91,92, they were just so goofy, didn’t give a shit, never a straight answer. I love that, and they were toying with the constructs of whatever was propelling them to popularity at that time. I thought that it was so cool, and it gave me the idea and vibe for how to do my band.”

You can check out the interview below.