I saw all the suffering that Kurt Cobain went through. I saw this real vibrant person turn into a real shy, timid, withdrawn person.— Layne Staley
Lust Cobain quotations
I feel like the Kurt Cobain of my generation, but people just don't understand me.
I don't think of Kurt as 'Kurt Cobain from Nirvana'.
I think of him as 'Kurt'. It's something that comes back all the time. Almost every day.
Look, you see those groups talkin' about negativity and anger, and they'd do that for two albums, and then you'd see them change up. I knew they couldn't do a Kurt Cobain on their whole career. You can't stay like that all the time. It's like when Hammer tried to go gangster. You can't be something that you're not.
[Kurt Cobain] had a lot of German in him.
Some Irish. But no Jew. I think that if he had had a little Jew he would have [expletive] stuck it out.
Stephen Hawking: Brainier than Kurt Cobain's garage wall.
Kurt Cobain, when he did his videos, you look into his eyes and he couldn't even face the camera; he was in pain and I'm angry about Kurt. This guy didn't have to die.
It had a huge impact on me, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – and I was very proud when I found out that Kurt Cobain was a fan of mine. I thought he was awesome.
I'm a different person. I don't want to be titled as Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's daughter. I want to be thought of as Frances Cobain.
Kurt (Cobain) was a fan of my standup, which was pretty weird.
I know when people hear that, it's kind of like finding out that Jimi Hendrix really liked Buddy Hackett, but he interviewed me at a college radio station before they broke and did Bleach. And then, like, about two years later, I was opening for Nirvana at these huge sports arenas.
How is it possible that Courtney Love looks worse than Kurt Cobain?
I like Kurt Cobain. [He] is like my dream boyfriend.
Kurt Cobain was, ladies and gentleman, I just - he was a worthless shred of human debris.
I feel it's such a tragic thing [Kurt Cobain's suicide].
Here is a guy, a young guy, that had everything in his hands. He could have had a great life. He had a wife, he had a child, he had a fantastic career. He was important to a generation. And for him to do that - I didn't like that. I thought that was just wrong.
I never really knew about my ancestors until this year, when I learned that the name Cobain was Irish. My parents had never bothered to find that stuff out.
And if I'm honest about it, I was obsessed with Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
This is like '92, right in the throes of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I think I probably wanted to be Kurt Cobain.
I always thought it was strange when these artists like Kurt Cobain or whoever would get really famous and say, 'I don't understand why this is happening to me.' There is a mathematical formula to why you got famous. It isn't some magical thing that just started happening.
There will always be some kid who's the new Kurt Cobain writing great lyrics and singing from his soul. The problem is they're not marketing that anymore or putting it out there.
I'm like part of the Kurt Cobain school of writing lyrics, which is the syntax of the words is more important than... is where it all comes from.
The perception of him as brooding and dark and miserable, that is baloney.
Kurt Cobain was a funny dude.
I wish Kurt Cobain didn't die. I really don't know where he'd be right now, I don't know what he'd be like. I just like to fantasize that he would like our band and he would know what we were up to.
I knew [Kurt Cobain] and his daughter.
And Courtney [Love] came and stayed at my house. R.E.M. worked on two records in Seattle and Peter Buck lived next door to Kurt and Courtney. So we all knew each other. I reached out to him with that project as an attempt to prevent what was going to happen.
I don't feel like I'm half as important as Elliott Smith or Kurt Cobain.
And I'm not going to be somebody that became so unhappy that he succumbed.
People looked to Kurt Cobain because his songs captured what they felt before they knew they felt it.
Im doing pretty good as far as geniuses go .
.. Im like a machine. Im a robot. You cannot offend a robot ... Im going down as a legend, whether or not you like me or not. I am the new Jim Morrison. I am the new Kurt Cobain ... The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You dont think that I would be one of the characters of todays modern Bible?
I'd love to be the new Kurt Cobain.
Kurt Cobain was Nirvana. He named the band, hired its members, played guitar, wrote the songs, fronted the band onstage and in interviews, and took responsibility for the band's business decisions.
I remember the first time I saw the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video.
I will never forget that day. I just wanted to see Kurt Cobain's face. I had a feeling he was very cute. But, I couldn't see his face. When I finally did see him, he was even cuter than I imagined!
It's all magic to me. Country to punk rock, all of it. Chopin to Kurt Cobain. But it always all comes back to punk for me, because that was the last time, punk rock or grunge rock, was the last time that passion ruled the airwaves.
I think love could have saved Kurt Cobain.
I wish I would have known Kurt Cobain.
I would have been the first guy there to get him help, doing anything I could have. I just felt like the people around him kind of let him down.
And for him [Kurt Cobain] to do that [suicide] - I didn't like that.
I thought that was just wrong. It just sent a bad message to a troubled generation.
Kanye West talks about being Axl Rose, being Kurt Cobain, being Jim Morrison.
Adam Levine is selling acne ointment to teenagers.
To be told that you're the voice of your generation is such an incredible amount of pressure, and I haven't faced that. Maybe by the time our third record rolls around, I will. My goals are to be a band like that in five years. At the moment, though, I can't really relate in any sense to the scale that Kurt Cobain fame has reached.
Kurt Cobain represents a very legit, realistic outlook.
Before that, in my head, to be a white artist was to be privileged.