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James Taylor: Father of the Nirvana-grunge age?

Examining the singer-songwriter's similarities to Kurt Cobain

Pearl Jam’s jam with Neil Young at the MTV Video Music Awards made everyone put on their thinking baseball caps (backwards, of course) and wonder, ”Exactly who is the father of grunge?” Young may have flannel shirts older than Eddie Vedder, but let’s not rule out the original unkempt, drug-addled slacker rocker: James Taylor. When Kurt Cobain of Nirvana sings ”Come As You Are,” is he paying homage to the man who purred ”come-a come-a come-a come-a come come” in ”Handy Man”? Nevermind such questions, just compare these startling coincidences and decide for yourself.

James Taylor: First album, James Taylor, kinda sucks. Nobody buys it.
Kurt Cobain: First album, Nirvana’s Bleach, kinda sucks. Nobody buys it.

James Taylor: Second album, Sweet Baby James, delivers the goods. Insta-stardom.
Kurt Cobain: Second album, Nevermind, delivers the goods.Insta-stardom.

James Taylor: Horticultural obsession revealed in song ”Blossom.”
Kurt Cobain: Horticultural obsession revealed in song ”In Bloom.”

James Taylor: Whines about being famous on third album, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.
Kurt Cobain: Whines about being famous on third album, In Utero.

James Taylor: Overcomes childhood fear of needles via heroin addiction.
Kurt Cobain: Overcomes childhood fear of needles via heroin addiction.

James Taylor: Marries big-lipped, high-profile musician whose first name starts in C and ends in Y (Carly Simon).
Kurt Cobain: Marries big-lipped, high-profile musician whose first name starts in C and ends in Y (Courtney Love).

James Taylor: First-born is a girl, Sarah.
Kurt Cobain: First-born is a girl,Frances Bean.

James Taylor: Writes song called ”Something in the Way She Moves.”
Kurt Cobain: Writes song called ”Something in the Way.” Moves into $300,000 house.

James Taylor: Best known for ”Fire and Rain.”
Kurt Cobain: Comes from Washington, a state known for forest fires and much precipitation.