John McCauley (Deer Tick)
Kurt's Voice Gave Me Hope
The first Nirvana album I bought was In Utero. I guess I would have been pretty young, like seven. And I'd never heard anything like it. Starting with the guitar on "Serve the Servants," I knew there was something different about this band, and it changed my idea of what you could, and maybe even what you should, do with a guitar.
Nirvana have been my favorite band ever since. In high school I was such a misfit, and Nirvana were kind of the perfect soundtrack for it. Kurt had long been dead, but I found a couple of other kids that didn't really quite fit in, and we all had Nirvana in common. We'd get stoned and listen to Nirvana and play our guitars and skip school.
For me, it was always the voice that blew me away. I'd heard people with gravelly voices, but Kurt's was different. It's not a pretty voice; he was not a trained singer by any means. But it gave me hope.