Kurt Cobain had a favorite Beatles member!
The Beatles inspired a number of rock bands throughout history. and Kurt Cobain was no different. He was an unapologetic fan of The Beatles and never failed to express his adoration for the band. However, there was one member of the fab four that he declared as his personal favorite. And it was because of how much he could relate to him.
The Beatles song played at Kurt Cobain’s funeral
After Cobain’s tragic death in 1994, his fellow Nirvana member David Grohl revealed that he played The Beatles iconic song In My Life, from their 1965 album Rubber Soul, at Cobain’s funeral service. While talking to BBC Radio 2 on the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, the last album The Beatles recorded, Grohl revealed that In My Life held a very special place in Cobain’s heart. Grohl said:
It means a lot to me because it was the song that was played at Kurt Cobain’s memorial. That day, after everyone had said their piece, this next song came over the speakers and everyone got to celebrate Kurt’s love of The Beatles one last time together.
Kurt Cobain loved it so much that Grohl can’t think of that song without it reminding him of the late singer. Grohl continued:
Still to this day, when I hear it, it touches a place in me that no other song ever will. It’s called ‘In My Life’ and knowing how much of a fan Kurt was of The Beatles, and how much of an influence they were, to everything we’ve done ever done… I’d like to play this one for him.
Cobain’s favorite Beatle
And Kurt Cobain was never shy in expressing his love for The Beatles. In an interview with the Rolling Stone Magazine in 1993, Cobain mentioned how it was John Lennon who was really his favorite Beatle. This was because of how “disturbed” Lennon was, which made him all the more relatable to Cobain. Furthermore, he also expressed how he wasn’t a big fan of Paul McCartney, saying:
John Lennon was definitely my favourite Beatle, hands down. I don’t know who wrote what parts of what Beatles songs, but Paul McCartney embarrasses me. Lennon was obviously disturbed [laughs]. So I could relate to that.
Cobain continued and talked about how he believed Lennon was more or less “imprisoned” because of fame:
From the books I’ve read — and I’m so sceptical of anything I read, especially in rock books. So I just felt really sorry for him. To be locked up in that apartment. Although he was totally in love with Yoko and his child, his life was a prison. He was imprisoned. It’s not fair. That’s the crux of the problem that I’ve had with becoming a celebrity — the way people deal with celebrities. It needs to be changed; it really does.
Why he could relate to Lennon?
Finally, Cobain opened up about how he struggled in dealing with fame, just like Lennon did:
No matter how hard you try, it only comes out like you’re bitching about it. I can understand how a person can feel that way and almost become obsessed with it. But it’s so hard to convince people to mellow out. Just take it easy, have a little bit of respect. We all sh*t.
Both Cobain and Lennon will always be remembered for the insane talent they possessed and the music they gave to the world. However, their lives are also unfortunate examples of how some people are not able to deal with fame as well as others.