At a time when heavy metal ruled the charts, Nirvana shook the music industry to its core with a jaw-dropping sound full grit, that gave way to an entirely new genre. Whether you liked Nirvana or hated them, there is no disputing how they changed the face of music. Although they didn't invent grunge music, their breakthrough hit album Nevermind introduced it to the mainstream and paved the way for bands like Pearl Jam to take off.
Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain became the face of the grunge movement, albeit unwillingly. Through his short lived but powerful time in the spotlight, Cobain struggled with the life that fame brought him. In his last lines to the world, Cobain wanted everyone listening, to know that he thought it was better to burn out than to fade away. And so, burn out he did. On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain took his own life. The world knows all about his drug use, his marriage to Hole singer Courtney Love, their daughter Frances Bean, and that Cobain didn't know that Teen Spirit was a deodorant when he wrote his most famous song. But 20 years since the legendary musician’s death, here are 10 things you might not have known about Kurt Cobain.
11 The Sign Entering His Hometown Says 'Come As You Are'
10 He Almost Joined The Navy
8 He Auditioned For The Melvins
7 He Was Homeless While Recording 'Nevermind'
6 Duff McKagan Wanted To Help Him
5 He Loved Weird Al Yankovic’s Parody Smells Like Nirvana
4 He Hated Bandwagon Fans
3 He May Have Been Listening To R.E.M. When He Died
2 Just Because He Didn’t Spend Money Doesn’t Mean He Didn’t Like It
1 His Final Letter Was Written To His Childhood Imaginary Friend
Controversy still exists over whether Cobain's death was a suicide or a homicide. It has been ruled a suicide since the beginning, and a letter addressed to "Dear Boddah" has always been considered his goodbye letter to the world. But many people never knew why the letter was addressed to Boddah or who he was. As it turns out, Boddah was Cobain’s imaginary friend from his childhood. Whenever Cobain got into trouble, his parents say that he would blame it on Boddah. They became so concerned with Cobain’s belief in his imaginary friend, his parents told him that Boddah was drafted in the Vietnam war along with his uncle.
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