Grunge Never Dies
4/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
April 5th – brings one of those historic dates in Rock history - the day both Layne Staley and Kurt Cobain officially died.
With their unique voices and talents, Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley fronted Grunge and helped changed the face of Rock music forever. While their legacies are in-tact and their stories are well-known to all in the Rock universe, it’s hard to imagine where Rock music would be today; if not for those two guys and a few other Seattleites who burst onto the scene and dominated the ‘90s with loud guitars, unmistakable voices, heavy lyrics, and of course, combat boots and flannel.
Thanks to our friends at Jacobs Media for providing is some cool links
Here’s a website that has a lot of Kurt Cobain audio clips.
Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s Death – April 5th, 1994
- 19 years ago today, Rock and Roll lost a true icon. Rest in Peace Kurt Cobain.
- Today marks the 19th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. How do you think Cobain influenced the evolution of rock music from the ‘80s to ‘90s?
- Born: Kurt Donald Cobain on February 20, 1967 in Aberdeen, WA
- Died: April 5, 1994 in Seattle, WA at age 27
- When on his junior high school wrestling team, Cobain refused to fight back in matches, merely sitting on the mat with his arms folded
- As a child, Kurt Cobain was able to recite the dialog from the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” verbatim
- Cobain told a schoolmate when he was 14 that he would become a music superstar, get rich and famous, then off himself like Jimi Hendrix (though Hendrix’s death wasn’t a suicide)
- Cobain started his first band in 1985 called Fecal Matter. They recorded song at his aunt Mari’s house but never played a gig
- The inspiration for “Smells like Teen Spirit” actually came from ex-girlfriend Tobi Vail’s Teen Spirit deodorant. Kurt had argued with Vail’s fellow Bikini Killers bandmate, Kathleen Hanna the night before; Vail then subsequently spray-painted the phrase “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit” on his wall
- Cobain once handed Nirvana’s first single, “Love Buzz” to a college radio station and drove away tuned to the station. When he didn’t immediately hear it, he went to a payphone and personally requested it on the line
- Cobain was known to be a slow driver
- Cobain said his heroin use stemmed from chronic stomach pain which, at one point, reportedly cost him $100 a day
- Cobain almost joined the Navy, and once even went into a recruiting station
- His parents divorced when he was 9 (1976), and it affected him greatly
- Cobain took the Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder medication, Ritalin, as a child
- Married Courtney Love in February 1992; together they had one daughter, Frances Bean
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