The prodigious artist would have been 37-years-old this past February, but instead, Kurt Cobain remains in the earth, while his soul lives on in his music.
That fatal day of April 5, 1994 marked the end of an era, where musical limits did not exist, society breathed rock music, and the youth of the world could experience life through lyrics.
“Nevermind” was a work of genius, and shortly after its release in 1991 it was in the Top 10 and would stay there for many weeks.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the inspirational single that carried “Nevermind” to the top, and as it is still played at maximum volume all over the world, one must wonder what music would have evolved if Kurt had lived on passed his depressions.
The follow-up album “In Utero,” which was released in September 1993, may have surpassed “Nevermind,” and in my opinion, would prove to be Nirvana’s best work.
Song’s like “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle,” “Rape Me,” “Dumb” and one of their last recordings, “All Apologies.” NME Magazine called this album “a love letter written down and screamed out by a man who is scared of the contentment he’s slipped into.”
“In Utero” still sells records across the globe because the music is passionate while remaining fundamentally grunge.
It is truly a remarkable album which many have tried to duplicate, but all have failed.
Although these albums contain strong music and a powerful message, they are not a Nirvana album. Of these include Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Bush and Nickelback to name a few.
Nirvana was unique, and they held in their arms an opportunity to become something that you told your kids about.
Nirvana was on the way to legendary. All hope was lost, however, a drug overdose and a shotgun trigger later, when the world of music was thrown into disarray.
Kurt’s death was tragic and left the youth of the world confused about what to do next. Relief came when more of his music was released.
There are so many songs and so many thoughts that Kurt has yet to share with the world, and maybe they will never be heard.
The only advice I can give to you is to listen to his music if you haven’t already, and if you have, listen again. The message to do things your own way is present in every album.
I can only hope they release the rest of his thoughts, because for millions of fans, that is the only way to cope. However, that isn’t up to us, it’s up to David Geffen.