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Why did he sleep that night?

February 19, 2007

Friday 8th April, 1994. I was 14 and was sitting in my room with my best friend Claire, watching a River Phoenix film (The Mosquito Coast, if memory serves – great film, by the way). Then my mum came into my room and told us that Kurt Cobain was dead. She said he had killed himself. I wasn’t a huge Nirvana devotee (that was my brother) but I listened to (and liked) their music, had posters, the T-shirts and was bullied for being a ‘grunger’ at school. I’ll never forget how I felt that evening. Relief.

I think both Claire and I (and a lot of fans I bet) saw it coming – especially as he’d just tried to commit suicide months earlier. We were sad, but not shocked. My brother was due to see them on tour a few days after his death and decided to frame the ticket. I reckon it would be worth a shed-load now, but I think he sold it a few years later for a few quid, the naughty boy…

But anyway, I was intrigued to watch The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain last night on BBC2 (10pm). After his death (and ‘the death of grunge’) I moved on and tried to avoid reading about him, listening to Nirvana and doing other things linked to him and the band. Not sure why – maybe something to delve into at another date. Or not. So I knew very little of the events surrounding his death, what happened next etc. I’m just mentioning this as a disclaimer as I know one the regular readers of this blog is more or less the UK expert on KC…

I was really looking forward to definitive answers to the mysteries; an in-depth look at what happened and why – something I think a lot of fans still need. But all I got was a light-hearted chat with a bunch of hippies (most of which were stoned out of their brains), and people who claimed to see Kurt in their dreams. One absolute fool said that Kurt had “passed the torch on to him,” and that 2007 would “be his year.” Sorry, but I very much doubt that someone who hated fame and all it brought him would ‘pass the torch’ and be the poster boy of celebrity, in a dream or other.

Obviously I wasn’t expecting interviews with Courtney or Dave, but who the hell were those old ladies who spent most of their interview trying to light a candle? Oh dear… Sadly, this programme presented Kurt as a stoned loser, and not one of the most important pioneers in music (and who is still hugely significant today). I think it’s now time to quit with the Nirvana/Cobain documentaries (they’ve obviously used up all their references) and let the man rest in peace.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rich permalink
    February 20, 2007 11:10 am

    Madge, I share your disappointment. What a wasted opportunity.
    And the guy doing the voice-over – who I presume was also the director – made a clunking error by saying that In Utero was released in September 1994. It was released in September 1993. Just goes to show how much he actually cared about the band.
    And there was a complete lack of interviews with his contemporaries from the grunge scene. Okay, Duff McKagen was a fellow Seattle-ite and knows what it’s like to be in a hugely succesful rock band, but he could give very little insight into Cobain as a person. I would have at least expected interviews with his Aberdeen-dwelling heroes The Melvins.

  2. Clair permalink
    February 20, 2007 5:51 pm

    I think I must have been off my tits watching this myself – I started to quite fancy that heroin waster off of Guns N Roses…

  3. Rich permalink
    February 22, 2007 11:13 am

    Didn’t the heroin waster’s pancreas explode? How cool is that?

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