Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain

February 20, 2012 by staff 

Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain, Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 45th birthday. To mark the occasion, we created a playlist of twenty-seven tracks that he pointed to as influences on his music, his style, and his approach to art.
Kurt was never shy about crediting other bands as influences: the band covered many artists, including Meat Puppets, The Vaselines, The Cars, David Bowie, The Beatles and Lead Belly.

The playlist includes some of the more well-known influences on Cobain’s style – Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop, Melvins, Butthole Surfers, Buzzccks, Earth – as well as nods toward various artists that Kurt admitted to borrowing some ideas from (for instance, he said “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was an attempt at writing a Pixies song, and that the main guitar figure was “so close to a Boston riff”).

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