Here at Zumic, we've written a lot about the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's In Utero in the past month. But now, courtesy Rolling Stone, Dave Grohl has given possibly the most informative interview on the album we've seen thus far.
Whereas previous interviews with Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and producer Steve Albini have focused more on the recording of In Utero and its "Super Deluxe Edition" reissue, the Rolling Stone interview finds Grohl pitting the album's critical and commercial success against the weight of Kurt Cobain's subsequent death less than a year later. According to Grohl:
[In Utero] should be listened to as it was the day it came out. That's my problem with the record. I used to like to listen to it. And I don't anymore, because of that. To me, if you listen to it without thinking of Kurt dying, you might get the original intention of the record.
As In Utero is an album filled with humor, sadness and an overarching noisiness, it can be hard to decipher Cobain's intentions, even for the average listener who didn't spend endless months touring with the man. Grohl obviously knew Cobain quite well, but even he admits that the Nirvana frontman was difficult to read, saying, "Living with Kurt was funny. He isolated himself in a lot of ways, emotionally."
Novoselic had a closer bond with Cobain, said Grohl, as the two had grown up together in the small town of Aberdeen, Washington. "I looked at Krist and Kurt as soulmates," he said, "The two had such a beautiful, unspoken understanding of each other. Those two guys, together, totally defined the Nirvana aesthetic. Every quirk, all the strange things that came from Nirvana came from Krist and Kurt."
Grohl also discusses the difficulties he and his bandmates had when coping with their newfound superstardom, his shyness when showing Cobain a song he had written, and his last interactions with Cobain. Read the full interview at Rolling Stone.