Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast)
He Wasn't Afraid to Write What He Wanted
My dad was really into Nirvana because he was a musician. I remember seeing the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music video on MTV and being like, "What is this? What kind of music is this?" I was really intrigued by it. I had a Kurt Cobain poster in my room, framed and hung in my room, mixed in with No Doubt posters and whatever I was into at that age. My favorite album is Bleach. It feels a little, like, more aggressive and angry. Nirvana did something similar to the early Beatles, before they became psychedelic – writing about emotions and situations that you've been through. Both Nirvana and the Beatles did that. I feel like it's much more relatable, and that's always been something that I've really respected about Kurt Cobain as a lyricist and as a songwriter – that he just wrote what he wanted to write about; he was not afraid to say anything.