Sorry to anyone out there who expected Frances Bean Cobain to be a raging Nirvana fan.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine about the new HBO documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," the 22-year-old revealed she's (gasp) not really a fan of her father's music.
"I don't really like Nirvana that much [grins]. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I'm more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre [laughs]. The grunge scene is not what I'm interested in," she told the magazine, adding that "Territorial Pissings" off Nirvana's "Nevermind" album is "a fucking great song." And she said that "Dumb," which is on "In Utero," is a tear-jerker that she described as "a stripped-down version of Kurt's perception of himself – of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation."
When asked if she felt awkward as a teen, for not being interested in Nirvana, she said it would have been more awkward if she had been a fan.
"I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there's my dad. He's larger than life. and our culture is obsessed with dead musicians," Frances explained. "We love to put them on a pedestal. If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible . . . But he wasn't. He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt. He became even bigger after he died than he was when he was alive. You don't think it could have gotten any bigger. But it did."
Meanwhile, "Montage of Heck" is set to premiere on HBO on May 4, roughly a month after the 21st anniversary of Cobain's death. Frances, who acted as executive producer on the documentary, also told the magazine that working on the film also helped bridge her rocky relationship with her mother, Courtney Love. According to Frances, the first time Love saw the film, a particularly emotional scene, in which a clearly intoxicated Cobain holds a then-infant Frances in his lap while getting a haircut, brought the Hole frontwoman to tears.
"My mother held me, cried on me and just said, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry," Frances told Rolling Stone. "Just kept saying it over and over. But then she said, 'Do you realize how much your father loved you?' And I said, 'Yeah, I do.'"