Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets)
Like Describing the Grand Canyon
I think people are still trying to figure out what made Nirvana so important. What makes them so interesting in a lot of ways is that the mystique remains to this day. People are still kind of scratching their heads going, "What was that?"
It was a strange time in music. A lot of stuff was going on in pop and rock and yet there was nothing, not even in alternative, that was a lot like Nirvana. Even with the cool music coming from the Seattle scene, a lot of those bands were really good, but Nirvana were just so different in a way that transcends the medium. It wasn't punk rock or heavy metal – it was just moving.
Kurt's voice was such a perfect rock voice. It was effortless and so open, and he was just a beautiful guy, full of raw emotions. What more could you want? I would always think that when I saw him perform, "What more could you do, my God?" It's like trying to explain the Grand Canyon to people when they haven't seen it.