In a new interview with Whatever, Nevermind, Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg has touched on the legendary Nirvana album Nevermind and explained why the late musician Kurt Cobain told bad things on the album.
Nirvana has released its second studio album Nevermind on September 24, 1991. The album was produced by Butch Vig and included 12 songs in total. The band’s legendary songs, Smells Like Teen Spirit, In Bloom, and Lithium, are featured in this album.
However, speaking about Kurt Cobain and his comments on the band’s second studio album, Nevermind, the manager said that he had a special relationship with the punk subculture. He also explained why Cobain wanted to stay true to them.
“I think that he had a balance of his relationship with the punk subculture, which had inspired him enormously in his teenage years,” he said. “He recognized the outsiderness of it, the need for integrity, the emotions of that audience.
“And even though they were only a small percentage of the total audience of Nirvana, they were the original audience, and he always wanted to stay true to that part of himself.”
Manager Explains Why Cobain Had To Say Bad Things On The Album
The manager has continued to his words by explaining why Cobain had to say bad things on the band’s album. He also touched on Cobain‘s effort on the album and said that it was his record.
“So after ‘Nevermind’ was incredibly successful, he would sometimes say shit like that in interviews to try to recognize the difference between the pure punk fans, and this mass rock audience that also liked Nirvana,” he explained.
“But he completely controlled the sound of that record. It’s not like anyone imposed anything on him. He controlled how much echo or no echo was on the mic, he controlled the mixes, he controlled the mastering…
“He physically went to the mastering of the record, he had to approve of everything, he had the final say of anything, and he then wanted a remixer, he approved the remixes, he picked the guy. It was his record.”
The Manager Repeats It Was Cobain’s Record
Concluding his words, the manager has once again said that it was Cobain‘s record. He also revealed the weird thing between fans and Kurt Cobain.
“But the success of it turned it into another thing,” he reveals. “It was separate from the work of art, it became this mass cultural statement, and he emphasized with the punk fans who felt that the sheer success of it.
“It’s just weird when the people that used to kick your ass in high school are now part of your audience.
“He said some things like that about the production, but I really don’t think that he really believed there was anything wrong with the production of it. It was his record.”