Frances Bean Cobain Says she actually doesn’t like Nirvana all that much.
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Frances Bean Cobain surprised some fans and admirers with that and other admissions. But she showed that she has a very good grasp on who her famous father was and why he left us.
“My dad was exceptionally ambitious. But he had a lot thrown on him, exceeding his ambition. He wanted his band to be successful. But he didn’t want to be the fucking voice of a generation.”
One of the toughest things for Frances Bean Cobain, and an odd thing about a dead musician like Kurt, is that his death immortalizes him.
“Even though Kurt died in the most horrific way possible, there is this mythology and romanticism that surrounds him, because he’s 27 forever. The shelf life of an artist or musician isn’t particularly long. Kurt has gotten to icon status because he will never age. He will always be that relevant in that time and always be beautiful.”
While other musicians — Kurt’s bandmate Dave Grohl, for example — are still kicking and relevant, they have to keep working for their status. They are only as relevant as their latest project, which may be why Grohl is constantly one-upping himself.
But Frances Bean Cobain understands what Kurt could not deal with in the end.
“Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him. I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn’t want to be here and everyone would be happier without him.”
But “in reality, if he had lived,” she goes on, “I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience.”
It was then that Frances Bean Cobain dropped the bomb.
“I don’t really like Nirvana that much [grins]. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre [laughs]. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in. But ‘Territorial Pissings’ [on Nevermind] is a fucking great song. And ‘Dumb’ [on In Utero] – I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself – of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.”