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Kurt Remarks

Cobain considered quitting Nirvana and joining Hole. In a long-unpublished interview, he said he had more affinity with wife Courtney Love's band than his own

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LIVE WITHOUT THIS Cobain talked about quitting Nirvana

Kurt Cobain may have been more like John Lennon than even his fans realize; at one point, he was even considering quitting his groundbreaking band to perform with his wife. So he said in an interview recorded eight months before his 1994 suicide, an interview that went unpublished until England's Uncut magazine unearthed it and printed it in its March issue, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Nirvana frontman's death.

There have long been rumors that Cobain was the ghostwriter behind ''Live Through This,'' the platinum-selling album by wife Courtney Love's band Hole, released just days after he shot himself in April 1994. Love has always denied those rumors, but in the Uncut interview, when Cobain was asked if he wanted to collaborate with his wife on the side, he said: ''I'd like to. But to tell you the truth, I would rather just quit my band and join Hole. When I have played music with them, there's a level of connection that's a little bit higher than with anyone else I ever played with.'' (Ah, now we know why surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have feuded with Love all these years: professional jealousy!)

In the interview, Cobain also hinted at the musical direction he might have taken had he lived, one that would have pleased fans of Nirvana's ''MTV Unplugged in New York'' live CD. ''It might be nice to start playing acoustic guitar and be thought of as a singer and a songwriter, rather than a grunge rocker,'' he said. ''I could sit down on a chair and play acoustic guitar like Johnny Cash or something, and it won't be a big joke.''

Originally posted Mar 12, 2004
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