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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Where Were You 17 Years Ago Today?

Posted by on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 2:32 PM

April 5, 1994? I saw the news with my mom on our crappy Sears TV. I think she said something like, "Oh no, and you love that band of janitors, don't you?"

Under the bridge, Aberdeen, 2009
  • Kelly O
  • Under the bridge, Aberdeen, 2009

Also, a new sculpture was unveiled today in Aberdeen. Gone but never forgotten.


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Uh, Def Leppard said that way before Kurt did, benchnoramus.
Posted by The CHZA on April 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM · Report this
Eric Arrr 2
On a high school field trip to some theater festival near Portland, Oregon. Walking over to the school from the hotel, a newspaper box caught my eye: NIRVANA SINGER FOUND DEAD

Posted by Eric Arrr on April 5, 2011 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Kelly O you are one pretentious idiot. it's IMPOSSIBLE you saw Kurt's death talked about on TV on April 5, 1994 as his body wasn't even discovered for another 3 DAYS you twat...stop making shit up to fit your narrative and posting misleading blogs (like you do with most of your postings) .
Posted by ripkurt on April 5, 2011 at 3:37 PM · Report this
Not pretenious, just fucked up the dates.

Also, wow. TWAT.

You could have just said bitch, whore, slut, cunt, skank, pussy, vagina, loser, douche, jerk, asshole, retard, dumbass, or tramp... but you chose "twat". Now THAT'S pretentious
Posted by Kelly O on April 5, 2011 at 3:49 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
Probably under the Viaduct rocking out at an all ages show ...

@4 for the My Grammar Is My Best Friend win.
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM · Report this
Kelly, good pic up there. Just wondering if you have a series of shots of Aberdeen. Itd be cool to see them.

Posted by SeMe on April 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 7
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on April 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Under the viaduct? You mean the old off ramp?
Posted by SeMe on April 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM · Report this
@3, that's not what pretentious means. sloppy, and forgivably so, but not pretentious.
Posted by kentastic on April 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM · Report this
Fnarf 10
@1, I think Neil Young was in before Leppard by a good decade or so.
Posted by Fnarf on April 5, 2011 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Mrs Jarvie 11
I was a 15 year old runaway, living with my friend Shiva and my runaway boyfriend. We sat together watching MTV, silent, not emotional and not knowing how to react.

I had seen Nirvana play that year in the new Albuquerque civic center, an ugly cement box of a building that, I felt ironically, President Bill Clinton had spoken in the night before.
Posted by Mrs Jarvie on April 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM · Report this
cosby 12
I had come home from middle school and my parents told me. Kind of saw that one coming, so it wasn't too much of a surprise. Despite having listened to Nirvana's first three albums hundreds of times apiece, by 1994 I really didn't care about them anymore.
Posted by cosby on April 5, 2011 at 4:55 PM · Report this
Kurt Cobain was a massively overrated product of the same music industry hype machine he cynically pretended to rail against, all while buying into it whole-heartedly. I mean, wearing a "corporate magazines suck" t-shirt on the cover of Rolling Fucking Stone? Jann Wenner probably jizzed himself when he saw that picture.

If his suicide actually had anything to do with his place in the world of fame, it was surely about how he knew that he was no different than the cock rock hair metal he somehow convinced the rubes he was oh-so-superior to.
Posted by jonesey on April 5, 2011 at 5:03 PM · Report this
jonesy, get a hold of yourself. Don't be an a$$hole. I imagine you think you have more talent and deserve the kind of fame Cobain had? Do tell us about your successes in life.
Posted by the miller test on April 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM · Report this
I bet you have a really killer record collection, jonesey. All of it very important. However, I'd imagine a lot of it sounds like shit, since you wrote two paragraphs and didn't spend one syllable on actual music. Why not join the grown-ups and try using your ears instead of your knee-jerk sense of what's corporate/sellout when deciding what to listen to? It's a lot more fun, if admittedly less smugly masturbatory.
Posted by g on April 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM · Report this
PRS-1 16
I arrived in Seattle from a long hitch-hiking trip on April 10, 17 years ago, the day they found Kurt's body. I was shopping for shoes in the Salivation Army on 4th South and it was announced on the radio. The young hipster Salvation Army employee next to me immediately quipped "I never liked his music anyways."
Posted by PRS-1 on April 5, 2011 at 5:30 PM · Report this
@14: Really, all you got is the "what have you ever done" argument? You've never had valid criticism of someone with more worldly success than you? Thought so.

@15: I didn't mention his music because I really don't care about it. Nirvana was more of a cultural force than musical. Their musical influence didn't go far, and certainly was far less important than the bands that they themselves derived their own sound from.

As such, my point stands. Cobain spent his entire post-fame life hypocritically railing against the very machine that he bought into wholeheartedly (judging by his actions, not what was coming out of his mouth). Of course then he blew his brains out, so he never had to back up his posturing over the long term.
Posted by jonesey on April 5, 2011 at 6:01 PM · Report this
#6 - I do... I only wish I knew where those pictures were. I've mis-filed them away somewhere. I had once, from years ago, a photo of a giant, badly written piece of grafitti, that spanned across a whole brick building, near the 12, where you drive out of town.... it said "KILL YOUR LOCAL DRUG DEALER"

I always wondered if that was random rant, or a Kurt reference.

Great photos of Aberdeen also live in the ABOUT A SON documentary. I loved that approach to making a documentary so much, I watched it twice in one sitting....……
Posted by Kelly O on April 5, 2011 at 6:04 PM · Report this
oops, better film trailer:…
Posted by Kelly O on April 5, 2011 at 6:06 PM · Report this
I was born in a crappy part of Washington, I was extremely depressed, I was his age, and we both had irritable bowel syndrome. I wasn't addicted to heroin though, and I wasn't married, but my middle name is Courtney.

I felt like I might be doomed but I made it out ok.
Posted by jadecichy on April 5, 2011 at 6:08 PM · Report this
@17: Is music really all just about "influence" and who's considered "important" instead of about the sounds and songs? I still have yet to hear you mention actual music. Again, your whole post is about Cobain railing against "corporate rock" (which seems to be your gig too?) instead of about Nirvana's music. What's his admittedly juvenile preoccupation with "selling out" and all that got to do with the music he played? Do you listen to anything that's not mixed up in the hipster circles of what's cool and what's not? Any room in your brain for Bach or something like that, or is the lack of context on what he railed against and who he hated (and therefore whether you should listen or not) too confusing for you?

By the way, I'm only partially trying to be an ass here: I've sincerely never understood when people talk about music solely in the terms you're talking about, as if we're talking about TV actors. It makes me wonder if they can hear pitches and rhythms at all. What anyone said in an interview or their opinions about "the machine" or whatever just seems so meaningless next to whatever art they produced.

And admittedly, when I hear someone informing the world who's "important" and who isn't (as if it's a fact akin to the chemical structure of iron), I can't help but tune out.
Posted by g on April 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM · Report this
Summerisle 22
I was just getting by doing my own thing ( school and work). I thought his suicide was sad but I didn't dwell on it to much. I remember there being a backlash against Kurt amongst some of my friends and co workers. Much of their music still holds up well for me even if I never set out to put on any of their records or cd's.
Posted by Summerisle on April 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM · Report this
julie russell 23
I was a senior in highschool and I heard the news while at work in the Maine Mall at one of those cheesy junk jewlry stores where I pierced people's ears. My co worker and I heard the news and went to my car to smoke a joint in silence
Posted by julie russell http:// on April 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM · Report this

i wish i were like you, easily amused.
Posted by SeMe on April 5, 2011 at 9:39 PM · Report this
seandr 25
I heard it over the radio as I was having lunch at a dingy sub shop in the u district. Couldn't believe it. Broke my heart.

@4: You tell 'em, girl.
Posted by seandr on April 6, 2011 at 12:32 AM · Report this
nicholaus 26
I am very impressed the comments thread went the whole day with no one making a "Courtney killed him" type comment.

*good work sloggers*
Posted by nicholaus on April 6, 2011 at 12:40 AM · Report this
Roosevelt 27
Near "the" 12, huh? Careful, Kelly, you're outing yourself as a Californian!
but my story: I heard that morning that a body was found at the Cobain's house first. I assumed one of Kurt's friends had OD at his place. Then later, my friend called and confirmed that it was indeed Kurt who was dead. So we went over to Lake Washington Blvd to the park by the home. Sad, sad day.
Posted by Roosevelt on April 6, 2011 at 2:02 AM · Report this
i was sitting in a school assembly in my high school gym. something to do with D.A.R.E. or announcing the prom court, i can't remember. my best friend told me kurt killed himself. i remember feeling lonely.
Posted by Keith Negley on April 6, 2011 at 9:14 AM · Report this
yos-wa 29
to jonesey - i believe the fame thing and the fact that he felt like a hypocrite might have had a hand in killing himself. so really, it was the ultimate "fuck you" to the record industry who wanted to make money off of him, right? sounds pretty punk rock to me?
Posted by yos-wa on April 7, 2011 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Estey 30
Dropping my girlfriend off from SCCC art school class to her parents in Ravenna on a bright sunny morning; going back downtown on the #73 reading Henry Rollins; back to my low income apartment to continue my withdrawals.
Posted by Estey on April 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM · Report this

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