The Blank on Blank “Lost Interview” series continues to roll along. Today, they’ve released an animated video based on a July, 1993 interview with Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Recorded less than a year before his death, the interviewer, Jon Savage, finds Cobain feeling relatively optimistic, upbeat, better than he’d felt in years. The interview touches on many things, but, if there’s a common theme, it’s identity — Cobain’s Irishness, his questions about his sexuality as a younger man, his views on women and sexism, his sense of being an outsider throughout his childhood, and how punk music saved him from all of that. Previous Blank on Blank videos have revived interviews from Ray Charles, Janis Joplin, David Foster Wallace, Jim Morrison & Dave Brubeck. For footage of Kurt Cobain back in the day, see some of the choice material below.
Nirvana Plays in a Radio Shack, the Day After Recording its First Demo Tape (1988)
Nirvana’s Home Videos: An Intimate Look at the Band’s Life Away From the Spotlight (1988)
The “Priest” They Called Him: A Dark Collaboration Between Kurt Cobain & William S. Burroughs
Kurt Cobain’s Isolated Vocal Track From ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ 1991
What a great idea, to animate these interviews! I enjoyed the Cobain one, but although I liked and admired Welles, that one made no sense to me. But it was well-done. I love the idea.