Kurt Cobain discussed a variety of topics, ranging from condemning sexism to wondering if he was gay, in an interview with British journalist Jon Savage for a profile that ran in The Observer in 1993. Now, over two decades after that feature ran, PBS has hilariously animated a portion of that interview for its Blank on Blank series, which has given a similar treatment to artists like Beastie Boys, Janis Joplin and Ray Charles.
The clip begins with Cobain talking about how awkward he felt in high school and then moves into family life, as he admits that he didn’t know his family name was Irish until after he had already played in the city his surname hailed from. Quizzically, he said he’d even resorted to calling “Coburns” in phonebooks throughout America. The rest of the video finds Cobain discussing his stomach issues, his disappointment in the lyrics of Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin and how he found some spiritual solace after marrying and having a child with Courtney Love, among other subjects. Throughout the video, snippets of Nirvana songs play stitch together the narrative.
This year, Nirvana are eligible to be nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Like last year, fans can vote on the nominees. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final album, In Utero, which the group reissued in various formats packed with rarities. “There is a lot of baggage that comes with it,” bassist Krist Novoselic told Rolling Stone about revisiting In Utero. “It brings back a lot of memories – good memories, painful memories. But it’s good music – good rock music.”