Frances Bean Cobain: ‘I Don’t Really Like Nirvana That Much’
As the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, it was only a matter of time before Frances Bean Cobain did something that shocked the world. But we gotta say, this wasn’t what we were expecting.
In a fantastic new interview with Rolling Stone (where she once interned, presumably because she was the best candidate they interviewed for the gig), Frances Bean Cobain admits she’s not a fan of Nirvana’s music.
Even crazier? She prefers Oasis.
“I don’t really like Nirvana that much [grins]. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre,” she said. “The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in. But ‘Territorial Pissings’ is a fucking great song. And “Dumb” — 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.”
In a way, FBC not loving Nirvana makes sense: It would be strange to idolize a father you never knew.
“I would have felt more awkward if I’d been a fan,” Cobain told RS’ David Fricke. “I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there’s my dad. 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.”
Even if Frances Bean isn’t a huge fan of Kurt’s music or his posthumous deification, she’s apparently very much like him in person.
“Dave [Grohl], Krist [Novoselic] and Pat [Smear] came over to a house where I was living,” Cobain told RS. “And they had what I call the ‘K. C. Jeebies,’ which is when they see me, they see Kurt. 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.'”