• Todd Puhl

Kurt Cobain: 2 decades of Heck Later

Updated: May 29, 2019

Nirvana probably being still one of the most talked about and idolized bands from the 90’s, mourns it’s loss of Kurt Cobain for the 22nd time since April 5, 1994.

Nirvana probably being still one of the most talked about and idolized bands from the 90’s, mourns it’s loss of Kurt Cobain for the 22nd time since April 5, 1994. Every decade has a band that most teens relate to. Being an 80’s kid and hating hair metal, Nirvana was my band of choice in the early 1990’s. I was 12 when Kurt passed, but Nirvana: Unplugged in NY was a staple In my teenage years.

Every decade has a band that most teens relate to. Being an 80’s kid and hating hair metal, Nirvana was my band of choice in the early 1990’s. I was 12 when Kurt passed, but Nirvana: Unplugged in NY was a staple In my teenage years. The ambience and message driven during that performance helped me through some of my really dark days as a teenager. I was picked on a lot in elementary/ high school. Originally because of being overweight and dealing with the hardships of  plainly just being different.


I relate to a lot of the music that came from the 90’s but it is always this album I always find myself putting on when I need a pick me up or a good singing session to get over some of the stress in my life. Even to this day, when I am working on articles, at work, or general tasks around the apartment, I always put on the Live Album DVD. Then nothing gets done because I am being drawn into watching the performance. It really saddens me that kids nowadays do not even know who/what Nirvana is or what huge influence they brought in the 90’s.


I didn’t realize how deep Kurt’s music went until I watched a documentary called “Kurt Cobain: A Montage of Heck,” in 2015. It opened up more days into the life of Kurt Cobain and then later became the birth of the Grunge icon known as Nirvana. Unfortunately, it also reveals the final dark days of Kurt’s life as he was unable to cope with the demands of the public and being popular in the music industry. Did he take his life or did Courtney do it? I don’t know. And really, it’s been 22 years. Time to let it go. But, I do honestly believe from what I have seen and read, Kurt had many demons. At that point, with the help of drugs, it was only a matter of time.

I am thankful for Nirvana. It brought me into the music industry, even though it was a small stint. I formed a band in early 2001 called Sliver. It was a Nirvana Tribute band with myself as the singer and a friend who became a guitarist. Unfortunately, like in most bands, egos were formed and the band broke up. However we did some great covered from the Unplugged Album and had a small following for it. If it wasn’t for Nirvana and the music, I am not sure where I would have ended up. And for that, I am forever thankful to Kurt and the band for the message they gave with their music.


However, if you know of anyone who is dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts or generally needs to talk to someone, please help them! Have them call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-200-273-8255


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