Kurt Cobain. Frontman of legendary band Nirvana. Ex lover of Courtney Love. Killed himself with a shot gun at 27 years old. Everybody already knows the basics. The events that shaped Cobain’s short yet extraordinarily life. However what about the other things? Cobain was not only an extremely talented musician but he was also a number of other things. Here are 7 secrets that you didn’t know about his life.
Number Seven: His Suicide Note Was Extremely Insightful
Addressed to ‘Boddah’ his childhood imaginary friend and reflecting Cobain’s mental state at the time. The suicide note is very revealing. With references to his troubling stomach problem, ‘Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years’, that had been bothering him for years. Cobain also ends the note by quoting hero Neil Young, ending with “It’s better to burn out than to fade away,”
Number Six: He Hated His Most Famous Song
Like many artists. The love for their most popular songs seem to gently fade away. However with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Kurt Cobain seemed to have a genuine hatred for the song. Becoming their biggest hit and the song that kick started the grunge movement in the early 90s. Kurt was over it. Eventually refusing to play the song live. He would often deliberately destroy it.
Number Five: His Family Had A History Of Suicide
With a history of mental illness in the family. It was later revealed that two of Kurt’s uncles had also killed themselves with guns. With suspicions of an undiagnosed case of bipolar disorder and episodes of depression. Kurt was also prone to mood swings with extreme highs and severe lows.
Number Four: He Was In A Band Called Fecal Matter
Before kick starting a whole new genre. Kurt was involved in the punk scene. With an obvious anti-mainstream method to his music,which can also be seen in his alt rock grunge style of sound, Cobain was in punk band. Named Fecal Matter. The band only ever released one song. The fantastically named ‘Spank Thru’.
Number Three: Dave Grohl Wasn’t Nirvana’s First Drummer
With Kurt and band mate Krist Novoselic, founding members. The mission to find a permanent drummer proved somewhat difficult. With at least 4 or 5 drummers paving the way. Grohl eventually swooped in to save the day. With Nirvana becoming the band we know and love today.
Number Two: The Song ‘Polly’ Was About An Actual Rape
An early song. Kurt wrote Polly after reading about the torture and rape of a 14 year old girl. With the song from the perspective of the victim. Cobain invented the name Polly after claiming that it sounded like innocence.
Number One: Kurt Cobain Had Severe Body Issues
Mostly likely suffering from Body Dysmorphia, a mental disorder in which a person imagines physical defects or minor flaws on their bodies. Kurt was extremely uncomfortable in his own skin. Tending to wear layers of clothes such as baggy cardigans and a number of t-shirts. Cobain tried to add bulk to his slim frame. Friend and ex band mate Krist Novoselic claimed that, “he talked about how ugly he thought he was all of the time. I remember one day he looked in a mirror and almost shed a few tears because he was so uncomfortable in his own skin.”