Dave Grohl Says People Should Listen To In Utero Without Thinking Of Kurt Cobain's Death
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.25.2013
Listen to the music for the music...
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Dave Grohl said that fans should listen to Nirvana's In Utero without thinking of Kurt Cobain's death, and judge the music for its own merits. Here are highlights:
On how to listen to In Utero: "The album should be listened to as it was the day it came out. That's my problem with the record. I used to like to listen to it. And I don't anymore, because of that. To me, if you listen to it without thinking of Kurt dying, you might get the original intention of the record. Like my kids. They know I was in Nirvana. They know Kurt was killed. I haven't told them that he killed himself. They're four and seven years old. So when they listen to In Utero, they'll have that fresh perspective – the original intention of the album, as a first-time listener."
On the last time he saw Cobain and what he said: I called Kurt after Rome. [In March, 1994, during a European tour, Cobain overdosed on pills and alcohol in a hotel in Rome. Nirvana returned to Seattle, where Cobain died a month later.] I said, 'Hey, man, that really scared everybody. And I don't want you to die.' Then I saw him at our accountant's office [in Seattle]. He was walking out as I was walking in. He smiled and said, 'Hey, what's up?' And I said, 'I'll give you a call.' And he said, 'Okay.'"
On how he coped with Cobain's drug addiction: "I quit doing drugs when I was 20. I never got into heroin, never did pills. I did a lot of acid, smoked a lot of weed, had a lot of fun. When it comes to opiates, that's a whole other scene. I wasn't in that scene, happily so. Doesn't mean I didn't care. We weren't in the van anymore, in that little club. You could feel an emotional distance, but in a melancholy way. There were times when you wouldn't speak for days, although you were on tour playing shows. And then you bump into each other in the hallway and go, 'We should get some mini-bikes when we get home. I know this trail we can ride behind my house.' Or, 'The lawnmower place has go-karts. Let's get some of those." There would be these moments of connecting emotionally.'"