Noel Gallagher’s big problem with Kurt Cobain’s Songwriting

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To be clear, Noel Gallagher was fine with the sound of Nirvana. Since both Oasis and Nirvana were cult classics of the 1990s alternative scene, there were actually a lot of parallels between the two bands. But it was Gallagher’s one point of disagreement that drew listeners to Kurt Cobain’s distinctively expressive songwriting. Gallagher perceived a glamorized form of self-pity in Cobain’s lyrics. What made them so brilliant was their raw examination of misery and depression.

Although many readers interpreted Cobain’s writing as merely anecdotal, Gallagher wasn’t a big fan of “I Hate Myself and Want to Die.” Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” single, which was sagaciously canceled following Cobain’s suicide, was supposed to have this song as the B-side. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m not fucking having that,'” he subsequently recalled. “Even though I really like him and everything, I’m not having that.”

Around the same period, Noel Gallagher wrote “Live Forever,” almost as a counterpoint to Cobain’s attitude. “Let’s just scream negative lyrics, and as long as they’re not sexist and don’t get too embarrassing, it’ll be okay.” Cobain felt that younger listeners needed something more positive. The grunge subculture of the 1990s, who could hardly be said to have a positive view of life, naturally found it appealing. It was frequently pessimistic and charged with painful emotional honesty.

Even though there was no explicit reference to suicide in the song’s lyrics, Gallagher insisted that it was “fucking rubbish” that “kids don’t need to be hearing.”Although it seems contradictory to his evident admiration for Nirvana, critics frequently criticized the band for this. Although Gallagher called Nevermind “the future of rock” and told the NME he would have loved to have spent time with him, he was upfront about the one thing about the album he didn’t like.

It seems like there was this guy who had everything and he was unhappy with it,” he mused. And we had fuck-all, and I still believed that the best part of getting up in the morning was not knowing where you would end up at night. Although that was a long time ago. He smiled, “It was fucking great, man, even though we didn’t have a pot to piss in. But as Nirvana’s notoriety increased, Cobain struggled with the money and grew more and more solitary and depressed.

Although Gallagher has frequently expressed his admiration for Cobain’s music, he has also been critical of some of its themes. He understands the sense of responsibility that accompanies being a relative demi-god in the youth subculture better than anyone. Though he repeatedly declared his incompetence, Cobain once let out a laugh. “If there was a Rock Star 101, I would have liked to take it.













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  1. Nirvana was a band created out of a boot leg recording conspiracy. The songs that Kurt didn’t write were illegally copyrighted.
    The situation is still playing out in other bands like Foo Fighters and artists like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus. They are all doing songs created by the same individual who was the victim of the bootleg recording conspiracy from 1975 to 1993. Listen to the song Before You Go supposedly written by Lewis Capaldi. The song is a farewell song directed at the paparazzi recording crew stealing the song.
    Smells Like Teen Spirit is about the paparazzi recording conspiracy. Monkey Wrench is directed at the music industry that benefited from the hundreds of stolen songs.

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