for Kurt

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.

KURT COBAIN AND ERICA EHM: THE STORY BEHIND THE INTERVIEW
In April 1993, I was sent to Seattle to interview Kurt Cobain for MuchMusic, nine months before he died. I had no idea my interview with Kurt Cobain would go viral on YouTube twenty years later. Over 5 million views and counting.

To set the scene, Nirvana’s album In Utero had just been released and I was one of many journalists invited to interview the band in their hometown. Each of us was asked to set up our cameras in a nondescript hotel room, and assigned a short window of time with each band member. As soon as one interview would wrap, they’d be escorted to the next. It’s an impersonal grind. For alt rockers like Nirvana, it must have been a mind-numbing process.

Kurt and the record company dude arrived at our drab hotel room fifteen minutes late. I introduced myself and my camera person and asked, “Would you like to do the interview in bed or on the balcony?”

He looked up at me shocked and uncomfortable. He shrugged his shoulders and replied nervously, “The balcony I guess.”

“Perfect” I said with a smile. He relaxed and we connected.

The balcony was ideal. The light was just right and Seattle was spread out behind us.

On April 5, 1994 news broke that Kurt Cobain had died. Dead at 27. I was shocked. He seemed at peace when we met. I’m just happy the world has a chance to see the sweeter side of Kurt Cobain he usually kept well hidden.
https://www.ericaehm.com/erica-ehm-insights/2019/2/5/kurt-cobain-erica-ehm
 

KURT COBAIN AND ERICA EHM: THE STORY BEHIND THE INTERVIEW
In April 1993, I was sent to Seattle to interview Kurt Cobain for MuchMusic, nine months before he died. I had no idea my interview with Kurt Cobain would go viral on YouTube twenty years later. Over 5 million views and counting.

To set the scene, Nirvana’s album In Utero had just been released and I was one of many journalists invited to interview the band in their hometown. Each of us was asked to set up our cameras in a nondescript hotel room, and assigned a short window of time with each band member. As soon as one interview would wrap, they’d be escorted to the next. It’s an impersonal grind. For alt rockers like Nirvana, it must have been a mind-numbing process.

Kurt and the record company dude arrived at our drab hotel room fifteen minutes late. I introduced myself and my camera person and asked, “Would you like to do the interview in bed or on the balcony?”

He looked up at me shocked and uncomfortable. He shrugged his shoulders and replied nervously, “The balcony I guess.”

“Perfect” I said with a smile. He relaxed and we connected.

The balcony was ideal. The light was just right and Seattle was spread out behind us.

On April 5, 1994 news broke that Kurt Cobain had died. Dead at 27. I was shocked. He seemed at peace when we met. I’m just happy the world has a chance to see the sweeter side of Kurt Cobain he usually kept well hidden.
https://www.ericaehm.com/erica-ehm-insights/2019/2/5/kurt-cobain-erica-ehm
That interview is good.
 
Can only assume that Kurt would’ve eventually broken away from Nirvana and did his own thing. I would like to believe that his best music was still ahead of him. Had a broad musical background, Would have liked to of seen or heard what he could’ve come up with
 

gn

G.O.A.T.
I think we, as human beings, are not wired to be in limelight and handle it well. That could be one of the reasons why the suicide rate is very high in the entertainment industry.
 
I think we, as human beings, are not wired to be in limelight and handle it well. That could be one of the reasons why the suicide rate is very high in the entertainment industry.
Except for narcissists. They trick us all like we just experienced for about 4 years or so..
They can charm a person or a crowd but the aim isnt to help anybody really. Except themselves.

Kurt was no such person. Thats for sure..
 
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spaceman_spiff

Hall of Fame
Can only assume that Kurt would’ve eventually broken away from Nirvana and did his own thing. I would like to believe that his best music was still ahead of him. Had a broad musical background, Would have liked to of seen or heard what he could’ve come up with
I think he would’ve faded into mediocrity like most of the other 90’s rockers. Very few had more than two good albums.
 

spaceman_spiff

Hall of Fame
Who did manage to avoid mediocrity in your opinion?..
The ones who died young, to put it bluntly. The ones who survived put out two or maybe three good albums and that was it. The only exceptions I can think of off the top of my head are the Flaming Lips and Foo Fighters.
 
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cortado

Semi-Pro
I think we, as human beings, are not wired to be in limelight and handle it well. That could be one of the reasons why the suicide rate is very high in the entertainment industry.
This idea that Cobain killed himself because he was shy and unable to handle fame has been debunked recently. Anecdotes from people around him at the time suggest he was very career-oriented, always trying to get a good record deal etc. Prior to his death he was supposedly in talks to pursue solo career.
 
The ones who died young, to put it bluntly. The ones who survived put out two or maybe three good albums and that was it. The only exceptions I can think of off the top of my head are the Flaming Lips and Foo Fighters.
What about the War on Drugs, Killing Joke and The Church for example? They are in many aspects just as good and innovative if not more so, than when they started..
 

spaceman_spiff

Hall of Fame
What about the War on Drugs, Killing Joke and The Church for example? They are in many aspects just as good and innovative if not more so, than when they started..
That’s starting to get a bit too obscure. Even the Flaming Lips are a bit obscure for this type of conversation.
 
That’s starting to get a bit too obscure. Even the Flaming Lips are a bit obscure for this type of conversation.
Obscure?.. You lost me there a bit..
These bands are good examples, good musicians and have improved over time. Thats not obscure,, its improvement.
Nirvana were 'obscure' to many , but they were great just the same.
 

spaceman_spiff

Hall of Fame
Obscure?.. You lost me there a bit..
These bands are good examples, good musicians and have improved over time. Thats not obscure,, its improvement.
Nirvana were 'obscure' to many , but they were great just the same.
By obscure I mean not well known. Nirvana was anything but obscure; it was probably the most famous band of the 90’s.

My comment about fading into mediocrity applies to other famous bands of the decade, like Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, and so on. Of those famous bands, Foo Fighters is the only one that I can think of to release more than three albums that I think a large number of people would consider good. If you consider the Flaming Lips to be famous, then I’d include them as well.
 
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