Nirvana Bassist Reveals ‘Terrible Effects’ From Kurt Cobain’s Death

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In a new Kerrang interview, founding Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic was asked how he coped with Kurt Cobain’s 1994 death.

“That’s a good question. I took a long time. It was so traumatic. I was depressed from it. It had terrible effects. I had other things in my life at that point that held me back, too. But in the end, time healed it and you end up dealing with it. Then, eventually, you come to terms with things… but I don’t know, really. You just have to try to be positive.”

He also discussed why Nirvana has

“It’s the melodies and the hooks. There’s also the power and the diversity. We didn’t just beat one idea over the head. I was listening to [In Utero song] Milk It the other day. That is a really sinister song. Actually, ‘menacing’ is a better word, but there’s a lot to capture the imagination in different ways. Kurt was also so intense and it all came together on the records. That song is a good example of that intensity and because there’s no video for it, it’s all about the imagination.”

  • DanSwon

    why Nirvana has…..?

  • Raj

    It seems like Krist had his spirit broken after Kurt died a part of him died in a sense. He’s definitely not the same goofy guy he was in Nirvana.

    • Olga Stewart

      It makes me think of how Chris Cornell’s death affected Ben.

      I don’t know that he will ever be the same, as well.

  • M.Leonard Tyson

    My old Roland Juno 6 was bought from the pawn shop that was up on Broadway in the U district back in ’92. It has since passed into infamy as well. We keep losing all our best instuminstal foundations for some reason. Is this Earth Planet hell or something?

  • Gary Reilly

    Interesting article. Speaking of bass players, I wonder often how Ben Shepherd is doing also, he’s never been one to court fame but he’s been extremely under-the-radar since Chris died and always seemed to be a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve.

    Interesting also what Krist attributes to Nirvana’s success. I put together a new playlist of MP3s for my work commute lately and put a lot of the old Grunge stuff from mid 90s onto it. A lot of it is Soundgarden and Nirvana. And what Krist says is correct; on a technical level in terms of guitar playing, vocal ability, song arrangements and complex chord setups, Soundgarden are in an entirely different league. But Nirvana’s songs still grab you by the scruff of the neck thanks to their intensity – Kurt almost blowing his vocal chords belting out every song, Dave hammering the drums twice as hard as any other drummers, and Krist holding the songs together with strong and resonant bass lines.