If anyone thought Frances Bean Cobain was a big fan of her late dad Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana music, they’d be very much wrong, according to the daughter herself.
Opening up about life after Kurt for the first time, Frances has admitted that she’s actually not all that keen on Nirvana’s music and is more of an Oasis fan, really.
Frances is an executive producer of a new HBO documentary about Kurt’s life, ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’, which will air on May 4, almost exactly 21 years after his death.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the documentary and about her legendary father, the 22-year-old revealed that she doesn’t fangirl over ‘Nevermind’ and the like as some would expect.
She admitted: “I don’t really like Nirvana that much [grins]. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre [laughs].
“The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in. But ‘Territorial P*ssings’ [on Nevermind] is a f**king great song.
“And ‘Dumb’ [on In Utero] – I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself – of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.”
She explained that it would’ve been kinda awkward if she had been a fan, adding that he was “inescapable” and always on the radio when she was around 15.
She said: “He’s larger than life. and our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal.
“If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible . . . But he wasn’t.
“He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt. He became even bigger after he died than he was when he was alive. You don’t think it could have gotten any bigger. But it did.”
The documentary, which Frances describes as “the closest thing to having Kurt tell his own story in his own words,” is an emotional film which, as she explains, explores who Kurt Cobain was with factual information, rather than tales that have been retold in different ways.
Frances goes on to explain how alike her and Kurt are, describing a day when ex-Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear came over and got the “K. C. Jeebies,” AKA seeing Kurt when they look at Frances.
She said: “They look at me, and you can see they’re looking at a ghost. They were all getting the K. C. Jeebies hardcore.
“Dave said, ‘She is so much like Kurt.’ They were all talking amongst themselves, rehashing old stories I’d heard a million times.
“I was sitting in a chair, chain-smoking, looking down like this [affects total boredom]. And they went, ‘You are doing exactly what your father would have done’.”
Explaining how her mum Courtney Love reacted to watching the documentary, she said: “My mother held me, cried on me and just said, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry’. Just kept saying it over and over. But then she said, ‘Do you realize how much your father loved you?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I do’.”
Frances also admitted at one point: “Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him.
“I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn’t want to be here and everyone would be happier without him.”
However, she added: “In reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience.”
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