Heralded by many as the voice of Generation X, Kurt Cobain was the frontman of the Rock and Grunge metal band “Nirvana”, which enjoyed tremendous success throughout the early half of the 1990s. With hits like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Come As You Are”, and “Rape Me”, the songs hit at the core of the youth, who realized that there was someone who could well identify with the rebellion that was brewing inside them.
Along with Dave Grohl, who has now been the frontman of “Foo Fighters” for quite some time, Nirvana was the band of the youth. Nirvana was the voice that hinted at anarchy, and a deviation from the system and Kurt Cobain had brought it himself. A troubled life, filled with domestic abuse, substance abuse, and unable to handle the limelight of the media, as he rocketed to stardom based on his songs, Kurt Cobain finally killed himself at the young age of 27, having finally decided enough was enough, leaving a void which his music use to fill.
The rock anthem for a generation, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the biggest hit of the 90s with Cobain asked to play it at every concert, resulting in him growing to hate the song. His songs were about himself, the turmoil, the struggle, the suffocating feeling of being cooped up, rather than focusing on world problems. The media and his fans portrayed him as a savior, as a harbinger of change. They didn’t see him for the nervous youth that he was, with music at his side, writing, hoping people would understand Kurt Cobain, the person, and not Kurt Cobain, the rockstar.
Change the world
It is not without a shred of truth, that Cobain didn’t want a change in a world that was changing gradually. But, he wanted the change to come from within, to realize that humanity would forever be shrouded in a veil of illusions, and living with that consciousness was all one could do. His songs weren’t happy, for they showed the vulnerable youth, who had just a guitar, and heroin, as his company.
His songs were a cry for help, but help never came. Despite that, he kept up a façade, imparting words, that was real, that wasn’t political voodoo, but mere words from a guy who had experienced hell every single day, and didn’t want anyone else to.
It’s a travesty that someone, whose songs always hinted at holding on, at being genuine (“Come As You Are”), committed suicide, leaving a million fans in a state of shock, unable to bear this void, that was suddenly…there.
“Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be
As a friend, as a friend, as an old enemy
Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don’t be late
Take a rest as a friend as an old memoria”
Here are 12 amazing Kurt Cobain quotes that will touch your heart.
If my eyes could show my soul, everyone would cry when they saw me smile.
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.
No one is afraid of heights, they’re afraid of falling down. No one is afraid of saying I love you, they’re afraid of the answer.
There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life.
I use bits and pieces of others personalities to form my own.
The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.
We have no right to express an opinion until we know all of the answers.
We’re so trendy we can’t even escape ourselves.
Words suck. I mean, everything has been said. Words aren’t as important as the energy derived from music, especially live.
To be positive at all times is to ignore all that is important, sacred and valuable. To be negative at all times is to be threatened by ridiculousness and instant discreditably.
A friend is nothing but a known enemy.
Thank you for the tragedy. I need it for my art.