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On April 5, 1994, Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain scribbled the words “It is better to burn out than to fade away” in a piece of paper. [firstpara] He then pointed a shot gun to his chin and pulled the trigger.

Sixteen years later, as the myth continues to grow, FHM presents sixteen tidbits about the man and the music.

1.    The Beatles were a big influence on Kurt’s songwriting. Underneath those roaring guitars, melodic guitar pop was always the backbone of Nirvana’s songs.

He talked about how much he admired the Fab Four’s evolution “from ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ to Sgt. Pepper’ in four years,” and how he wanted to go down the same route for his music.

2.    Curiously, “About a Girl” was written by Kurt after repeatedly listening to Meet the Beatles! which included “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”



3.    Kurt described Nirvana’s sound as “Black Sabbath trying to play the Knack,” which would explain the band’s fusion of angry riffs and catchy hooks in its songs.

Later, he revealed that the goal of the breakthrough album Nevermind was to sound like “the [clean-cut Scottish pop band] Bay City Rollers getting molested by [hardcore punk rockers] Black Flag.


WORDS BY: JAEMARK TORDECILLA
ILLUSTRATION BY: WARREN ESPEJO

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