Yea I know it’s not really new news that Kurt Cobain is actually dead but I couldn’t think of a better headline OK?  I’m also aware that it’s pretty tough following up a Snooki post with something like this but deal with it.  On this date 17 years ago it was announced that Kurt Cobain had passed.  I was about 11 years old and had just started exploring music.  Around this time I began listening to the radio and really started discovering rock and roll.  At the time alternative was all the rage and grunge was in. Those were fun times.  I remember hearing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time and thinking “yes this is good” while jumping up and down on my bed rocking out. Kurt’s death was so very puzzling to me at the time.  As an 11 year I just didn’t understand it.  After his death his music was being played everywhere and I was even more exposed to Nirvana.  Months later I remember going to the store with my birthday money in hand alongside my grandmother to purchase my first stereo.  It was a Wednesday and my grandma was needed for her senior citizen discount.  It was a 3 CD changer with am/fm radio and dual tape deck.  Since these were the days before Napster and iTunes the tape deck was needed to tape songs off the radio.  I would wait until 9 o’clock each night when the New York rock station would play the top five songs of the day.  I’d tape those songs and then listen to them the next day on the school bus.  The night I bought my stereo my grandmother said she would by my first record for me.  I think she was unaware that there were CD’s at the time so I just assumed that’s what she meant.  I went to the CD section of the store and the CD I picked out was “Nirvana Unplugged in New York”.  I took it home and wore it out.  This was my first record and I just couldn’t get enough of it.  After that I was sucked in and music would be a major part of my life from then on.  I was obsessed with building my CD collection and as a 7th grader I had over a hundred CD’s.  Nirvana was my gateway drug.  I know I sound like an old geezer when I say this but music’s been down hill ever since.  I still have that giant CD collection it’s just a shame  I don’t really need them anymore.  Rest in peace Kurt.  You are sorely missed.


  • Well, I blame Nirvana for something else. The sound was so different and powerful that bands are still copying them today 20 years later. Unfortunately, no band has done it as well as Nirvana and most just sound like noise. I think it’s held rock back to the point where it’s almost dead. Billboard pointed out there was the least number of rock albums in 2010 on their Top 100 charts ever. Rock needs another band like the Beatles to take it in a new direction.

  • ya know i guess that’s a solid point I’ve never really thought about it that way. I couldn’t agree more about the state of rock.

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