Though he had all the makings of a proper recluse, Kurt Cobain actually submitted himself to a surprising number of interviews over the course of his too-brief career.
And no two were alike, because nobody ever knew which version of the Nirvana frontman would show up. The acid-tongued cultural critic? The in-joking goofball? The shy suffering artist? The sweet family man? They were all part and parcel to the Cobain experience.
In a recently unearthed interview from 1993 conducted by British journalist Jon Savage and animated by PBS’ new Blank on Blank shingle, each one of those Kurts shows up for a minute or two.
There’s some stuff that has come up in conversations in the past, like the idea that Cobain thought at one time that he might be gay, and details about his various stomach ailments. But there’s also a fun bit about looking for the roots of the name Cobain, what annoys him about Aerosmith records, and how he felt about becoming a father.
That interview was conducted shortly after the release of Nirvana’s final studio album, In Utero, which just got the deluxe reissue treatment. Though he talks about feeling optimistic in that interview with Savage, the last months of Cobain’s life were clouded by drug use and depression. Still, he sounds almost bubbly in that clip, even when talking about his anger. It’s a reminder that for all the rage that the alt-rock savior carried with him, he was still fundamentally a dude who loved playing music above all else.