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Rare footage of Nirvana hanging backstage with the Buzzcocks just before Kurt’s Death

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Watch this rare, candid footage of Nirvana and the Buzzcocks chatting backstage – just a few weeks before Kurt Cobain took his own life. The footage, shot by videographer, Mark Slade during the European leg of the Nirvana tour, sees the singer in a happy but clearly quiet mood.

In this footage you get to see Cobain and Shelley chatting with one another backstage and it offers an insight into the lives of these two icons.

 “When Nirvana played, Kurt wore a Buzzcocks beanie hat on stage. I said to him, ‘I’ll see you when we get to London’ and by the time we got back there it was all over the news that he was dead.”

Steve Diggle, Buzzcocks

While Cobain didn’t note any Buzzcocks albums for his top 50 albums of all time, (published in Kurt Cobain Journals – a collection of writings and drawings created by Kurt Cobain) he obviously had a deep regard for the band and they clearly had an influence on Cobain who asked the Buzzcocks to open for Nirvana in 1994.

Buzzcock, Steve Diggle told a British regional newspaper:  “When Nirvana played, Kurt wore a Buzzcocks beanie hat on stage. I said to him, ‘I’ll see you when we get to London’ and by the time we got back there it was all over the news that he was dead.”

“Kurt was a nice guy he was dealing with a lot of pressure. He seemed a tortured soul. I remember Kurt asking how we’d survived all these years. When you’re in a band you need to look after your soul.”


Kurt Cobain’s 50 Favourite Albums

  1. Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power (1973)
  2. Pixies – Surfer Rosa (1988)
  3. The Breeders – Pod (1990)
  4. The Vaselines – Dying for It (1988, listed as Pink EP)
  5. The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World (1969)
  6. Fang – Landshark! (1982)
  7. MDC – Millions of Dead Cops (1981)
  8. Scratch Acid – Scratch Acid (1984, listed as 1st EP)
  9. Saccharine Trust – Paganicons (1981, listed as 1st EP)
  10. Butthole Surfers – Pee Pee the Sailor (1983)
  11. Black Flag – My War (1984)
  12. Bad Brains – Rock for Light (1983)
  13. Gang of Four – Entertainment! (1979)
  14. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
  15. The Frogs – It’s Only Right and Natural (1989)
  16. PJ Harvey – Dry (1992)
  17. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)
  18. The Knack – Get the Knack (1979)
  19. The Saints – Know Your Product (1978)
  20. Kleenex – “anything by:” (1978–1983, collected on 1993’s Kleenex/LiLiPUT anthology)
  21. The Raincoats – The Raincoats (1979)
  22. Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth (1980)
  23. Aerosmith – Rocks (1976)
  24. Various Artists – What Is It. (1982, erroneously listed as What Is This?)
  25. R.E.M. – Green (1988)
  26. Shonen Knife – Burning Farm (K Records version, 1985)
  27. The Slits – Cut (1979, listed as Typical Girls)
  28. The Clash – Combat Rock (1982)
  29. The Faith/Void – The Faith/Void (1982)
  30. Rites of Spring – Rites of Spring (1985)
  31. Beat Happening – Jamboree (1988)
  32. Tales of Terror – Tales of Terror (1984)
  33. Leadbelly – Leadbelly’s Last Sessions Volume One (1953)
  34. Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff (1988)
  35. Daniel Johnston – Yip/Jump Music (1983)
  36. Flipper – Album – Generic Flipper (1982)
  37. The Beatles – Meet the Beatles! (1964)
  38. Half Japanese – We Are They Who Ache with Amorous Love (1990)
  39. Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician (1987)
  40. Black Flag – Damaged (1981)
  41. Fear – The Record (1982)
  42. Public Image Ltd – The Flowers of Romance (1981)
  43. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  44. Marine Girls – Beach Party (1981)
  45. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
  46. Wipers – Is This Real? (1980)
  47. Wipers – Youth of America (1981)
  48. Wipers – Over the Edge (1983)
  49. Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly (1990)
  50. Swans – Young God (1984, erroneously listed as Raping a Slave)

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