Lost & Found: Nobody Cares About Anything, According to Nirvana
We’re not going to state outright that Nirvana members Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl had been imbibing in some smoky herbal supplements before they did this interview. We never want to make any baseless claims without some strong evidence to back them up. We will, however, point out that the fellows did seem to be a bit unfocused as they talked about playing music (if you don’t believe us, watch the video above).
Of course, a more accusatory person might say that Cobain provided some pretty convincing evidence at the start of the interview that his — and his bandmates’ — state of mind was artificially influenced. Cobain said, matter-of-factly, “We don’t know where we are.”
Bassist Novoselic throws in some food for thought. “You know, more people smoke marijuana in the United States than voted for George Bush,” he offered, despite the fact that it wasn’t relevant to the conversation. “Think about it.”
He also offered some sage advice to the viewing audience. “I encourage anybody not to work,” he said to the band’s young, impressionable fans. “I say slack off, because you’re only going to be alive for 70 years if you’re lucky, right?”
Years later, Grohl and Novoselic stopped by ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ shortly after Nirvana were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Novoselic talked about being friends with Cobain in high school, and Grohl talked about being booked at tiny clubs and touring in a small van during the onset of their mainstream explosion. It’s safe to say they did not take the bassist’s earlier advice of slacking off.
To wrap things up today, we leave you with a video of Nirvana playing a ‘Nevermind’ deep cut, ‘Territorial Pissings,’ from the ‘Live! Tonight! Sold Out!’ DVD. They appeared on ‘The Jonathon Ross Show,’ where they were expected to play ‘Lithium.’ Instead, they played one of their loudest, fastest, most abrasive songs. It’s great.