Kurt Cobain says all Nirvana drummers before Dave Grohl “sucked” in unearthed interview

Cobain made the comments in 1991

A newly-unearthed Kurt Cobain interview sees the Nirvana frontman saying that every one of the band’s drummers before Dave Grohl “pretty much sucked”.

Grohl joined the grunge outfit in 1990, replacing ‘Bleach’ drummer Chad Channing. Dale Crover and Dave Foster had previously played drums in Nirvana, while the band had also worked with session musicians Mark Pickerel and Dan Peters.

Studio Brussels, a radio station in Belgium, has now shared a recently unearthed interview, which took place in Ghent during November 1991.


“Krist [Novoselic] and I have been playing together for about four and a half years now with a few different drummers,” Cobain says in the interview. “Dave has been in the band for about a year. This is the first time we’ve felt like a very definite unit.”

Cobain then adds: “The band is finally complete because all the other drummers we had pretty much sucked.”

Check out the interview in full below:

Tributes were paid to Cobain this week on the 24th anniversary of the iconic singer’s death. The Nirvana frontman took his own life at his own home in Seattle, Washington on April 5, 1994 at the age of 27.


Posting on Twitter, Cobain’s widow Courtney Love shared a heartfelt photo of her late husband, alongside their daughter Frances Bean. “The universe always rips open on this day, those ocean blue eyes. We miss you”, she wrote.