"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not." - Kurt Cobain
April 5, 2007...
I just felt like writing something about Kurt, not really in a way to remember his death on April 5, 1994 but just to remind myself how I started playing punk rock music.
I was 16 in 1994 and listening to Nirvana was awesome. From 'Bleach' to 'In Utero', I was greatly amazed by Kurt's genius in songwriting. I thought to myself 'I wanna be talented like Kurt'...but that was as far as my imagination could go.
In that same year, my long time buddy ~LethalVirus
and I decided to start a band but we weren't that serious until a year later. We recruited our friend/high school classmate to play drums & we were playing Nirvana songs like crazy
As our band progress, we eventually played less Nirvana songs and are instead influenced by punk bands like Green Day, NOFX etc. (I guess Nirvana music isn't really 'punk' but an alternative rock subgenre - 'grunge'; but Kurt himself was influenced by punk rock/hardcore punk etc)
Because lethalvirus and I look up to Kurt's songwriting abilities, we decided to write our own songs. The first few tries are crap. Kurt's style was too complex and we can't really follow. So we decided to make life easier by writing simpler songs/lyrics. Some of the songs we wrote at that time are now gone forgotten or completely lost. But all thanks to Kurt who inspired us to write our own music/lyrics and encouraged us to be creative.
Now in 2007, I'm still playing punk music and still struggling to write some stuff with lethalvirus for our band. Although our musical influences now are not that of Nirvana, I am glad to be influenced by Kurt.
I don't particularly have a favorite Nirvana song but 'I hate myself and I want to die' (from the first draft of the In Utero album), 'Moist Vagina' and 'Marigold' (B-sides) are bizarre and extraordinary
Okay thanks for reading folks!
p/s speaking about punk, I've got the tix for the NOFX gig in Singapore on 20th April.