Remembering Kurt Cobain on his 27th death anniversary
New Delhi: A name that has left a mark on every metal and rock fan is Kurt Cobain, the frontman of the famous rock band Nirvana. A successful yet troubled artist who inspired and gave voice to millions through his music was found dead because of suicide on April 5 in 1994. As today marks the 27th death anniversary of this Nirvana rocker, let us remember him and his music.
Cobain was a brilliant yet troubled artist who struggled throughout his childhood because of the divorce of his parents when he was just 9 which further pushed him into drugs and substance abuse in his teen years. Born on February 20, 1967 in a small town of Aberdeen, Washington, Cobain was familiar and close to art and had an ear for music from quite an early stage of his life, the credit goes to the musical background of his several family members.
The family drama in Cobain’s life led him to mental struggles and forced him into rebellious acts of vandalism, drugs, and alcohol. The separation of his parents had a profound impact on him which further reflected in his work as well. In an interview in 1993, he said, “I remember feeling ashamed, for some reason. I was ashamed of my parents. I couldn't face some of my friends at school anymore, because I desperately wanted to have the classic, you know, typical family. Mother, father. I wanted that security, so I resented my parents for quite a few years because of that.”
At a point in his life, he even became practically homeless, living in public spaces like a nomad.
The incidences and relationships of Cobain’s personal life inspired the lyrics and creation of a lot of his songs.
During his high school years and even after dropping, Cobain worked on some musical projects and formed a band called Fecal Matter but it disbanded in 1986. In 1987, Cobain was able to form Nirvana, a name chosen for the band after much discussion. The band got its break through the lead single of their album Nevermind named “Smells Like a Teen Spirit” which helped them enter the mainstream rock music scene at the time and hit the top of the charts and earned them the “grunge” music acclaim. The sudden media attention after the success of Nevermind wasn’t well received by Cobain as he believed that his vision and message had been misinterpreted by the public.
Since his introduction to music at an early age, Cobain has had several musical influences. His cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” earned immense popularity and the people were taken aback by Cobain’s own take of the track which was different from the original song but carried the same weight and honesty with it. Bowie himself received the cover with welcoming arms and liked it very much.
The artist who struggled with mental health issues and drug abuse till the end of his life still managed to entertain the world and become a rage. The music he made is timeless and after his death, even today, his work continues to give voice to the struggles of so many people and entertain us.
As today marks the 27th death anniversary of the artist who died at the early age of 27, let us have a look at some of his most memorable works:
Come As You Are
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Heart - Shaped Box
About a Girl