I remember where I was the first time I heard Nirvana and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Being a Midwestern girl with crippling social anxiety, I was at home watching MTV. I remember where I was when I heard Kurt Cobain had committed suicide. I was at home watching MTV.
Those of us who were a certain age when Nirvana began to get play on the radio and MTV still remember how it felt to hear something new. It felt raw and wrong in a most pleasing and significant way. The lyrics were not blunt declarations of love and other pop promises of forever. Nirvana’s lyrics were grotesque and meaningful while remaining elusive, garbled screeches of angst and lust. It was a beautiful, defining thing to hear as a pre-teen.
On May 4th, HBO will premiere Brett Morgan’s documentary about Cobain. Entitled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the film will use interviews with Cobain’s closest and dearest, as well as home movies and animation. The first trailer is below and does well to convey the problems and complexity of the man.