Krist Novoselic Reveals Why Kurt Cobain Was A ‘Cynical Bastard’ And Nirvana Was ‘A Boy Band’


Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic discussed Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in a new Rolling Stone interview.

“We were inspired by the Beatles, we just took things from different bands. Sex Pistols, Beatles, Bay City Rollers (laughs), we would joke that we were a boy band.”

“I wish Kurt was still around,” he says. “A whole new generation of listeners are discovering Nirvana and is connecting with Nirvana. It’s always good that we remember Kurt. He lives on.”

“You know Kurt was a cynical bastard,” Novoselic continues. “He could be a vicious critic. You know, 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.”

“We used to practice all the time, just putting songs together, and feeling good about the songs. It just seemed like anything was possible, there was a lot of innocence too. It was like coming of age, like reaching puberty, you have all of this awareness. It was just exciting, just getting to play bass, with Dave on drums, and Kurt singing and playing guitar, it was very exciting.”