Famous 90’s Band Reveal Who ‘Beat The Shit Out Of Kurt Cobain’


The Breeders discussed Nirvana and Kurt Cobain in a new Guardian interview.

In a 1992 issue of music mag Melody Maker, Kurt Cobain named it as a record that changed his life. “The main reason I like them is for their songs, for the way they structure them, which is totally unique, very atmospheric. I wish Kim was allowed to write more songs for the Pixies, because Gigantic is the best Pixies song and Kim wrote it,” he said.

The Breeders ended up touring with Nirvana in the early 90s. By this point, Kelley had left her job to play guitar, Jim had joined on drums – he knew Kim from flyering her house in Dayton with leaflets for his band’s shows – and Tanya had left to form Belly. Jim remembers their first show in Dublin, opening for Nirvana. “I was playing and Kurt walked up. I was like, ‘Oh shit, there he is.’ He didn’t wear his lanyard, and one of the bouncers just got up on stage and beat the shit out of him. He just thought it was a punter. So Kurt fired every single one of them and said he wasn’t gonna play the show until they got a whole new security.”

“They were awesome,” adds Kelley. “I feel like I know Krist [Novoselic] the best, and then Dave Grohl was always really nice. Kurt seemed really nice, but with my knowledge of what addiction does and shit like that, he seemed super-addicted. Quiet. Probably high, I don’t know.”