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Kurt cobain:

"we're so trendy that we can't even escape ourselves."

"i liked anything that was a little bit weird, a little bit different. i always went for the psychotic, weird, 'dingey' bands."

"The sickening politics that are involved with being a successful commercial rock band are real aggravating. No one has any idea."

"It's like evian water and battery acid. I'm just happier than I've ever been. I've finally found someone that I'm totally compatible with. It doesn't matter whether she's a male, female, hermaphrodite or a donkey. We're compatible."

"All drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem... I've found they're a waste of time."

"That's what music is, entertainment. The more you put yourself into it, the more of you comes out in it."

"I never wanted the fame."

"I wish I could have taken a class on becoming a rock star. It might have prepared me for all this."

"during that time [the stomach pains] i wanted to kill myself every day. I came very close many times. It was to the point where I was on tour, lying on the floor, vomiting air because I couldn't hold down water."

"I'd rather be dead than cool."

"I had a really good childhood up until I was 9, when a classic case of divorce really affected me. I moved back and forth between relatives all the time, and became extremely depressed and withdrawn."

"I'm disgusted at having to deal with the commercial side of our band."

"We are in such a rut. We have been labelled."

"If I'm going to take drugs that's my own fucking prerogative, that's nobody's business."

"I just think dark lyrics paint a nice picture."

"I don't think Courtney and I are that fucked up. We have just lacked love all our lives."

"I’ve always had a problem with the avarage macho man, because they’ve always been a threat to me."

" really haven't had that exciting of a life. There are a ot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life. So I pretty much like to make it up. I'd rather tell a story about someone else."

"dave grohl's the most well-adjusted boy I've ever met. He's totally easy to get along with. Everyone loves him. He plays drums better than any drummer I've ever heard. He blows away John Bonham. If I had the choice of bringing John Bonham back to life or to choose any drummer of any band I could even think of, they wouldn't be better than dave. He's great."

"he [krist novoselic] is everything to me sometimes."

"his role has been played for years. Ever since the beginning of rock and roll, there's been an Axl Rose. And it's boring. It's totally boring to me. Why it's such a fresh and new thing in his eyes is obviously because it's happening to him personally and he's such an egotistical person that he thinks that the whole world owes him something."

"At first, I wanted to be in a rock band, when I was really young. And I decided about the third grade that I wanted to be a stuntman. So heck yeah, Evil Knievel's a big influence on that. I'd jump my bikes. I took all the bedding and pillows out of our house and put it on the deck and got up on top of the roof and we'd jump off. I took a thin piece of metal one time, duct-taped it to my chest and put a bunch of firecrackers on it and lit 'em on fire."

"It's not my fault. I've never wanted the fame involved. That's a totally different story."

"This friend of mine and I were goofing around in my house one night and we're kind of drunk and writing graffiti all over the walls of my house. She wrote, 'Kurt smells like Teen Spirit.' Earlier on, we were kind of having this discussion on revolution and teen revolution and stuff like that, and I took that as a compliment. I thought that she was saying that I was a person who could inspire. I just thought that was a nice little title, and it turns out she just meant that I smelled like the deodorant. I didn't even know that [that] deodorant existed until after the song was written."


"Almost anything that's musical is pop music, as far as I'm concerned. As long as it's good and it's catchy, it's pop. A lot of punk rock is pop. I think the only time that punk rock strayed away from pop was when hardcore came around. There was a lot of real dirge-y stuff also. Like that crossover metal thing -- I really can't consider a lot of that music."


Krist novoselic:

"This little social group came together and we just kind of hung out and talked about things. One thing led to another and Kurt did a tape with Dale Crover from the Melvins. One of the songs on it was 'Spank Thru,' and he turned me onto it and I really liked it. It kind of got me excited, so I go, 'Hey, man, let's start a band."

"If we're big stars now, it's, like, not our fault. We would have made the same record, I don't care if it was going to be on Sub Pop or Touch and Go. Like we said before, we expected [Nevermind] to sell, at the best, most optimistic, a couple hundred thousand records. You know, 'Huh, gold?' If we would have gotten a gold record, that's just like, 'Ok, you guys did good.' And it just all boils down to the music. If you don't like our record just because it's in the Top 10, I think that's kind of sad. Are you listening to the music or do you have to be some cutting-edge, cool person?


"remember Kurt for what he was: Caring, generous and sweet. Let's keep the music with us. We'll always have it, forever."


Dave grohl:

" People are starting to see through the face of the posing, posturing rock. Kids are going to shows now and they're completely content with three people onstage who are just normal people playing normal music. And I think that the days of Kiss stage shows and massive Winger stage sets are over."

"Maybe 1 percent of the people who are listening to Nevermind, or who bought Nevermind - maybe not 1 percent, but... a small minority of people who are listening to our record now, know about punk rock. A lot of people don't know about punk rock. They think of punk rock and they think of that Quincy episode where the guy threw the brick off the building."

"Kurt is . . . I don't know if I'd want to call him a genius. He's a great songwriter. He's a great guy. He's a quiet person. A lot of the time you can take his quietness as unnerving. Sometimes it seems as if he's really pissed off, but he's really not. He's sort of hard to understand. I've never met anyone else like him... He has this way of writing songs, really simple, almost childlike songs, that stick in your head. Kurt can write songs that are so simple that you will never get them out of your head... A lot of bands think that they have to prove their musicianship by twiddling a million notes per second, but with Kurt it's a less is more thing."

You know what I think is great? The interviews in English magazines, because they sort of tidy up the grammar. You're free to tidy up any of our grammar. Just make us sound smart."

"we're not the resurrection of Christ. We're just another fuckin' band."


Michael stipe:

"In the last few weeks I was talking to Kurt a lot. We had a musical project in the works but nothing had been recorded. He loved Frances and Courtney, and he loved Krist and Dave, and he loved Nirvana. He really loved these guys. His death is a profound loss and I just don't think I can say anything else right now."


Mark lanegan [screaming trees]:

"He was an amazing guy, he was a complete gentleman. A goodhearted guy. He was one of those people - everybody's got them in their life - somebody that you turn to when things aren't going so good."

"i still believe to this day that Nirvana is the best fucking band I've ever seen. And I miss the guy more than I could ever express."


Eddie vedder [pearl jam]:

"I don't think any of us would be in this room tonight if it weren't for Kurt Cobain."

"we were alike, me and kurt. When it happened i couldn't believe it... i didn't think it was wrong, i just couldn't believe it. i wrote him a letter asking, "what's on the other side? And is there room for me?"


the band remy zero:

CINJUN TATE: "kurt had a profound effect on me. he seems to symbolize an energy greater than himself. like a zeitgeist, there was always a possibility. [it was] as if he has seen the light and came back down from the mountain, [to share] the word. on the day we were playing a show to get signed, i heard he shot himself and it hollowed out our days. it was great to start recording but it did feel somewhat like a hollow victory."

CEDRIC LeMOYNE: "the effect nirvana had on me was deep and surprising. i didn't want to let them get to me, but they did in so many important ways. suddenly, the things you were trying to accomplish as a songwriter or a band were examined a little more closely. suddenly, finally there was a band pushing everyone to reach for something rare and real they made beautiful music and raised the standard for us all."

SHELBY TATE: "kurt was the einstein of modern music. he simply and brilliantly solved the problem of rocking in versus rocking out, that changed everything."

GREGORY SLAY: "i admired his ability to explore and reveal."


Chino moreno [the deftones]:

"i never felt like i was being lied to when i listened to nirvana. i listen to a lot of different types of music and i have to say that him, robert smith and sade are three of the vocalists i've gotten a lot from."


Max Collins [eve6]:

"in my lifetime i think that he is the sole figure that changed music. he was always so foward thinking. we were watching the "heart-shaped box" video the other day, everybody said that grunge was so anti-fashion, but he was ahead of that curve already. that video is so colorful and swimming with the style that is so popular right now. in today's fashion oriented music scene, everybody should look at what he was doing a few years ago. because there he was in huge jackie o sunglasses and a silver shirt. he always foresaw what was coming next and trhat was his genius. it's tragic that we has to lose his gift, because he always knew what would work."


Kurt kirkwood [meat puppets]:

"I thought he was one of the more beautiful, quiet people. I always sensed this really intense sense of fantasy around him, through his music and a really intense sense of atmosphere."


Kim thayil [soundgarden]:

"Nirvana's success drew attention to a marketing demographic previously ignored by the mainstream, and inadvertently started a gold rush with advertising executives, product manufacturers, merchandise distributors, fashion coordinators, and rock imitators, the latter of whom have yet to equal the sincerity, power and wit of Nirvana."

 "i miss him incredibly. He was a great friend and not a day goes by that i don't think of him."