Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic discusses Kurt Cobain’s “cynical” tastes: “I don’t know what he’d think of a lot of music today”

The band's bassist also lauded Cobain's "passion [and] intensity" in a new interview

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has spoken about how he believes Kurt Cobain‘s “cynical” manner would mean that he “wouldn’t hold his punches” when it came to appraising the music of today.

The 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’, their seminal second studio album, fell back in September. The occasion was marked by a range of tributes from the music world, while the baby from its album artwork, the now 25-year-old Spencer Elden, recreated the pose to mark the anniversary.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Novoselic said that he didn’t celebrate the anniversary – “it just kind of happened” – but he did say that he wished his former bandmate was still around.


“A whole new generation of listeners are discovering Nirvana and [are] connecting with Nirvana. It’s always good that we remember Kurt,” Noveselic mused about Cobain, who died in April 1994. “He lives on.”

The 51-year-old then moved on to discussing how he believes Cobain would have viewed popular music today.

“You know, Kurt was a cynical bastard. He could be a vicious critic. I love him, but boy, I don’t know what he’d think of a lot of music today. He wouldn’t hold his punches. Kurt just had so much passion, the way he’d sing and feel about the music. We all had this intensity.”

Watch the full interview with Rolling Stone here.

Elsewhere, Novoselic has been very vocal about the upcoming US Presidential Election, backing Libertarian third-party candidate Gary Johnson in the run up to November 8.

Asked if he was “throwing [his] vote away” by not voting for either of the two mainstream candidates, Novoselic was bullish about his decision to vote for Johnson.


“I’m gonna vote for Gary Johnson, and that’s the way I feel about it,” he told FOX News. “It seems that the current [voting] rules give people the chance to vote strategically [when it comes to electing Senators], they want to vote for someone they hate.”