In a recent interview with SPIN, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic addressed the eternal “burn out/fade away” argument that surrounds artists who die young. Novoselic went so far as to admit that Nirvana might suck if Kurt Cobain was still alive today.
“You never know, maybe we would suck. Look at Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters are on top of the world. So he kept the flag going for rock and roll, he’s just like the leading act in the world. It’s just hard to speculate.”
That’s not to say Novoselic is happy with the way things turned out. He expressed several times throughout the interview that he wished Kurt was still around.
“I wish Kurt had lived, and was a monk somewhere, he would have been a great monk, he could have been a great painter, he could have been a great sculptor. He was such a talented artist, that he could have done whatever he wanted to do, and he didn’t have to do what he did.”
Check out the full interview up top for more from Novoselic. He also details a suicide attempt by Cobain in Rome, and Cobain’s distant demeanor after that attempt leading up to his death.
With the release of several documentaries surrounding Cobain, discussion of his untimely death has been back in the news, like when Courtney Love wrote an emotional note to her late husband earlier this year.