Nirvana drummer speaks about legacy of band's final studio album
Dave Grohl has said that people should listen to Nirvana‘s ‘In Utero’ album “without thinking of Kurt dying”.
The iconic grunge band’s final studio album celebrates its 20th anniversary this month and a remastered version of the LP was released earlier this week (September 23), which features 70 tracks including previously unreleased recordings and demos, B-sides and compilation tracks and live material featuring the band’s final touring line-up of Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Grohl and Pat Smear.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the legacy of the album, the drummer and Foo Fighters singer said that people should try to separate the LP from Cobain’s tragic suicide. “The album should be listened to as it was the day it came out,” he said. “That’s my problem with the record. I used to like to listen to it. And I don’t anymore, because of that.
“To me, if you listen to it without thinking of Kurt dying, you might get the original intention of the record,” he added. “Like my kids. They know I was in Nirvana. They know Kurt was killed. I haven’t told them that he killed himself. They’re four and seven years old. So when they listen to ‘In Utero’, they’ll have that fresh perspective – the original intention of the album, as a first-time listener. Someday they will learn what happened. And it’ll change that. It did for me.”
Previously, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has hailed ‘In Utero’ as a testament to the vision of Kurt Cobain. “Y’know, it’s bittersweet, it’s a heavy record,” he said during an interview on XFM. “I’m really proud of it. It’s really good and it is a testimony to the artistic vision of Kurt Cobain. You listen to that record and the intensity and that power and that is a tribute to Kurt’s vision.”
A host of bands including The Vaccines, Everything Everything, Fidlar, Chvrches, Deap Vally and Jagwar Ma have paid tribute to Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’, which is celebrating 20 years since its release. Check out what they’ve got to say in the video here