Death Cab For Cutie Frontman Compares Kurt Cobain To John Lennon

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard discusses Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways, grunge and compared late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain to another late, legendary musician, John Lennon, in a new interview with Rolling Stone:

Dave totally Barbara Walters-ed me during the interview. He was like, “Alright, let’s talk about Kurt.” And I was like, “Ahh, fuck, man.” It still feels like it was yesterday. I remember being a kid, like 16, 17, and having my mom come in my room before school and be like, “Sit down, this just happened.” Even talking about it now, I’m trying not to cry.

It’s this weird thing that happens with musicians where they get intertwined in your life. I never met this dude, but his loss…it was like losing a friend. It sounds so cliché to say that, but as a kid — and I’d never met this person in my life — it was really devastating. Even as you’re feeling it, you’re like, “Why am I reacting this way? He’s just a guy who played guitar.” But he wasn’t just a guy who played guitar. It’s probably what people my parents’ age felt like when John Lennon was killed. This person you think is always going to be there and who you’re looking for to musically make sense of things in life. When they leave, it’s devastating. People don’t feel that way about other entertainers.

In related Nirvana news, on the latest episode of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl discussed writing songs while on tour with Nirvana in 1991. Grohl remembered a January 1992 demo tape featuring: Floaty, Alone + Easy Target, and Heavy Handed. He recalled playing “Alone + Easy Target” for Cobain, “Kurt heard that, and kissed me on the face, as he was in a bath. He was so excited. He was like, ‘I heard you recorded some stuff with Barrett.’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He was like, ‘Let me hear it.’ I was too afraid to be in the same room as he listened to it.”

“Alone + Easy Target” later appeared on Foo Fighters’ self-titled 1995 debut album.


  • Rizz

    Sonic highways documentary is real good, but the Seattle version was extra cool because they covered the Grunge influence and Kurdt’s death. I was washing a car back in 94 when the news broke.

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    there are connections between Nirvana and Foo Fighters. you can’t deny it. Nirvana influeced Foo Fighters so much. I think it’s definitely Kurt Cobain.

    • Corndog

      Yes indeed. You’d almost think that Nirvana’s drummer was the Foo’s lead singer…..wait…