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Kurt Cobain Not-So-Fun Facts

 
Kurt Cobain Not-So-Fun Facts

This coming week is a busy one for Nirvana. 



Tuesday, April 8th marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain, or as you'll read below, his body was found.

Thursday, Nirvana sans Cobain will be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

So in honor of all the these events, we've compiled a list of trivia about Kurt Cobain and his life, death and it's impact.

1. Cobain's first known suicide attempt took place March 3rd, 1994 in Rome, Italy where he overdosed on a combination of champagne and Rohypnol. He spent five days in the hospital before being released and flying to home to Seattle.

2. Cobain was the subject of an intervention on March 25th, 1994. He checked into the ExodusRecoveryCenter in Los Angeles, California on March 30th, 1994. The next night Cobain walked outside to have a cigarette and climbed over a six-foot-high fence to leave the facility. He took a taxi to Los AngelesAirport and flew back to Seattle. 

3. The person sitting next to Cobain on the flight home was another rock star -- then-Guns N' Rosesbassist Duff McKagan.

4. Cobain's body was found on April 8th, 1994, but the medical examiner estimated that body had been there since April 5th, 1994. An electrician named Gary Smith found his body.

5. Cobain's suicide note had a passage about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury: "When we're back stage and the lights go out and the manic roar of the crowds begins, it doesn't affect me the way in which it did for Freddie Mercury, who seemed to love, relish in the the love and adoration from the crowd which is something I totally admire and envy."

6. Cobain closed his note making a reference to Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" -- "I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away."

7. A public vigil was held for Cobain on April 10th, 1994, at a park at SeattleCenter drawing approximately seven thousand mourners. Pre-recorded messages by Krist Novoselic and Courtney Love -- reading from Cobain's suicide note -- were played at the memorial. Near the end of the vigil, Love arrived at the park and distributed some of Cobain's clothing to those who still remained.

8. A remix of "Penny Royal Tea" was slated to be the third single from In Utero, but it was canceled after Cobain's death. It was eventually released on the 2002 collection Nirvana.

9. Dave Grohl's first performance after Cobain's death came on June 9th, 1994 as he played drums forThe Backbeat Band at the MTV Movie Awards. The supergroup, which also featured Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Mike Mills (R.E.M.), did a series of covers for the filmBackbeat, which chronicled the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany.

10. Krist Novoselic made his first major public appearance after Cobain's death in September, 1994 at the MTV Video Music Awards, where the video for Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" won Best Alternative Video.

11. Dave Grohl could have continued as a full-time drummer after Cobain's death. He played with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Saturday Night Live in November 1994 and Petty offered him the full-time drum job, but Grohl turned him down. (He did pretty well sticking with Foo Fighters.)

12. Both of Nirvana's posthumous live releases -- 1994's MTV Unplugged in New York and 1996's From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah -- hit number-one. Unplugged sold nearly seven-million copies, whileMuddy Banks has sold a million.

13. It took until Cobain was dead for Nirvana to win a Grammy. After six nominations between 1992 and 1995, they finally won in 1996 for Best Alternative Music Performance for MTV Unplugged in New York.

14. The last full song Nirvana recorded, "You Know You're Right," was performed by Courtney Love's band Hole during their MTV Unplugged taping in February, 1995. The Nirvana version was not released until 2002.

15. Songs that were directly inspired by Cobain's death include R.E.M.'s "Let Me In," Neil Young and Crazy Horse's "Sleeps With Angels" and For Squirrels' "Mighty K.C."

16. A song that was not inspired by Cobain's suicide is Filter's "Hey Man, Nice Shot." Richard Patrickhas said the track was written before Cobain's death and was inspired by the public suicide in 1987 of Pennsylvania politician Budd Dwyer.

17. In 1997, Novoselic, Grohl and Love formed Nirvana LLC to handle all Nirvana-related projects. A box set of Nirvana rarities was due out in October 2001, but just before its release, Love filed a suit to dissolve the company and an injunction was issued preventing the release of any new Nirvana material until the case was resolved. Grohl and Novoselic countersued, asking the court to remove Love from the partnership and to replace her with someone else from Cobain's estate. The day before the case was set to go to trial in 2002, Love, Novoselic, and Grohl announced that they had reached a settlement. That paved the way for the release of the compilation album Nirvana, which featured the previously unreleased track "You Know You're Right."

18. A final funeral ceremony was arranged for Cobain by his mother on May 31st, 1999 and was attended by Love. As a Buddhist monk chanted, their daughter Frances Bean scattered Cobain's ashes into McLane Creek in Olympia, Washington.

19. Dave Grohl hasn't been shy about talking how Cobain's death impacted him. He admitted that the Foo Fighters 1997 song "My Hero" was about Cobain. And in 2013 Grohl still got choked up talking about his late bandmate during his keynote speech at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. 

20. On July 19th, 2013 Grohl, Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear played the Grammy-winning "Cut Me Some Slack" with Paul McCartney during the encore of his concert at Safeco Field in Seattle. It was the first time the Nirvana members played together in their hometown in more than 15 years.Tuesday, April 8th marks the 20th anniversary since the world learned that Nirvanafrontman Kurt Cobain had taken his own life.

The influence of Cobain's music can still be heard in bands just starting out today. We've compiled 20 facts about Cobain, his Nirvana bandmates, and the music world in general about the events leading up to that fateful day and the impact that it's had over the past two decades.

1. Cobain's first known suicide attempt took place March 3rd, 1994 in Rome, Italy where he overdosed on a combination of champagne and Rohypnol. He spent five days in the hospital before being released and flying to home to Seattle.

2. Cobain was the subject of an intervention on March 25th, 1994. He checked into the ExodusRecoveryCenter in Los Angeles, California on March 30th, 1994. The next night Cobain walked outside to have a cigarette and climbed over a six-foot-high fence to leave the facility. He took a taxi to Los AngelesAirport and flew back to Seattle. 

3. The person sitting next to Cobain on the flight home was another rock star -- then-Guns N' Rosesbassist Duff McKagan.

4. Cobain's body was found on April 8th, 1994, but the medical examiner estimated that body had been there since April 5th, 1994. An electrician named Gary Smith found his body.

5. Cobain's suicide note had a passage about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury: "When we're back stage and the lights go out and the manic roar of the crowds begins, it doesn't affect me the way in which it did for Freddie Mercury, who seemed to love, relish in the the love and adoration from the crowd which is something I totally admire and envy."

6. Cobain closed his note making a reference to Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" -- "I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away."

7. A public vigil was held for Cobain on April 10th, 1994, at a park at SeattleCenter drawing approximately seven thousand mourners. Pre-recorded messages by Krist Novoselic and Courtney Love -- reading from Cobain's suicide note -- were played at the memorial. Near the end of the vigil, Love arrived at the park and distributed some of Cobain's clothing to those who still remained.

8. A remix of "Penny Royal Tea" was slated to be the third single from In Utero, but it was canceled after Cobain's death. It was eventually released on the 2002 collection Nirvana.

9. Dave Grohl's first performance after Cobain's death came on June 9th, 1994 as he played drums forThe Backbeat Band at the MTV Movie Awards. The supergroup, which also featured Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Mike Mills (R.E.M.), did a series of covers for the filmBackbeat, which chronicled the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany.

10. Krist Novoselic made his first major public appearance after Cobain's death in September, 1994 at the MTV Video Music Awards, where the video for Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" won Best Alternative Video.

11. Dave Grohl could have continued as a full-time drummer after Cobain's death. He played with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Saturday Night Live in November 1994 and Petty offered him the full-time drum job, but Grohl turned him down. (He did pretty well sticking with Foo Fighters.)

12. Both of Nirvana's posthumous live releases -- 1994's MTV Unplugged in New York and 1996's From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah -- hit number-one. Unplugged sold nearly seven-million copies, whileMuddy Banks has sold a million.

13. It took until Cobain was dead for Nirvana to win a Grammy. After six nominations between 1992 and 1995, they finally won in 1996 for Best Alternative Music Performance for MTV Unplugged in New York.

14. The last full song Nirvana recorded, "You Know You're Right," was performed by Courtney Love's band Hole during their MTV Unplugged taping in February, 1995. The Nirvana version was not released until 2002.

15. Songs that were directly inspired by Cobain's death include R.E.M.'s "Let Me In," Neil Young and Crazy Horse's "Sleeps With Angels" and For Squirrels' "Mighty K.C."

16. A song that was not inspired by Cobain's suicide is Filter's "Hey Man, Nice Shot." Richard Patrickhas said the track was written before Cobain's death and was inspired by the public suicide in 1987 of Pennsylvania politician Budd Dwyer.

17. In 1997, Novoselic, Grohl and Love formed Nirvana LLC to handle all Nirvana-related projects. A box set of Nirvana rarities was due out in October 2001, but just before its release, Love filed a suit to dissolve the company and an injunction was issued preventing the release of any new Nirvana material until the case was resolved. Grohl and Novoselic countersued, asking the court to remove Love from the partnership and to replace her with someone else from Cobain's estate. The day before the case was set to go to trial in 2002, Love, Novoselic, and Grohl announced that they had reached a settlement. That paved the way for the release of the compilation album Nirvana, which featured the previously unreleased track "You Know You're Right."

18. A final funeral ceremony was arranged for Cobain by his mother on May 31st, 1999 and was attended by Love. As a Buddhist monk chanted, their daughter Frances Bean scattered Cobain's ashes into McLane Creek in Olympia, Washington.

19. Dave Grohl hasn't been shy about talking how Cobain's death impacted him. He admitted that the Foo Fighters 1997 song "My Hero" was about Cobain. And in 2013 Grohl still got choked up talking about his late bandmate during his keynote speech at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. 

20. On July 19th, 2013 Grohl, Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear played the Grammy-winning "Cut Me Some Slack" with Paul McCartney during the encore of his concert at Safeco Field in Seattle. It was the first time the Nirvana members played together in their hometown in more than 15 years.

 

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