Greta Van Fleet frontman Josh Kiszka has showed off his fandom for Nirvana, posting on his Instagram story that he was listening to “Rainbow Chaser.” Surprisingly, it’s not by the Seattle Grunge icons Nirvana that we know and love, but the British band Nirvana that Kurt Cobain hated after a legal issue.
In a new How The Hell Did That Happen? with Mary Lou Lord and Maryanne Window podcast, Lord discussed her late ex-boyfriend, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Here, Lord discusses how a band also using the Nirvana sued the band early on for a hefty sum, and said the band were furious over having to pay a big paycheck. Alternative Nation reporter Mike Mazzarone transcribed her comments.
Lord: I also remember being on the phone with Kurt [Cobain] and Kurt was really in a bad mood. I asked what was happening and he said
“There’s this British band and they are a bunch of old guys, they are suing us because they are also called Nirvana.”
Lord: And I said
“Oh geez, how much do they want?”
Lord: And he was like
“Fifty thousand dollars!”
Lord: And I thought that was a lot of money. Now that I think about that band, I’ve heard a little bit about them since because with YouTube you can find stuff. I think of that band and go “man, if they only held out longer they probably could have asked for a million dollars. Anyway, Kurt was not happy about that. In fact, fifty-thousand dollars to them back then was everything.
Window: Not to David Geffen, he wouldn’t of mind it.