Angus Abranson (angusabranson) wrote,
Angus Abranson

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Ten Years Ago....

I liked Nirvana. I wasn't there number one fan but I had at least two of the albums at the time having gotten into them with 'Nevermind' - along with 99% of the rest of their fans of the time. My musical tastes were much as they are today - I was largely into Industrial, Indy and Goth - but I liked some grunge (Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, etc).

I don't think Kurt Cobain was a god. I think he was a very talented and influential musician who tapped into the thoughts and feelings of thousands of people at the time and many more since his untimely death. But I do remember explciity what I was doing the weekend his suicide came to light.

His body was discovered on 8th April although police believe he had been dead for a few days beforehand.

On Friday 8th April 1994 I was (unsurprisingly) partying my little socks off down at Full Tilt at the Electric Ballroom after a good nights drinking at our then local dive - The Misntrel. The Minstrel has since changed hands (and names) a number of times plus been entirely remodelled and has now become the fairly awful The Central opposite Finchley Central underground. The Minstrel was great for us because it was nearly always empty apart from our crowd in the lounge/dukebox room and some bikers and general lowlifes in the pool and pinball room. We had the run of the pub and we liked it that way :-)

Anyway I was down the Ballroom with some friends until chucking out time and headed back to the bedsit I was staying in (I'd previously moved out of a house share with ukmonty and another friend called Simon the month before). I hadn't heard the news at that time.

The next day I was travelling up to Nottingham Rock City with dj_steve_rbn  and his then band (I think they were called Redemption at that time?). When we all met up there was some talk of Cobains death but it didn't really go in to top gear until we reached Nottingham Rock City and whilst setting up and the bands soundcheck every TV was switched on to MTV and playing live feeds from the scene, playing Nirvana vids, and various bits of documentary footage.

The gig went well but the thing I remember most about the night was after the bands had finished playing we were all backstage getting slightly wasted when I realised that the dancefloor above us were playing a deads musicians hour. Hendrix, T-Rex, Queen, etc and then finished off with a Nirvana song. Maybe not in the bets of tastes considering the news was little over 24 hours old but it was fairly amusing at the time.

My girlfriend of the time (Sue) was in one of the Virgin radio studios on the Friday night with a friend and one of the DJs when the faxes started coming through saying that a musician had been found shot in Seattle. So she was on the front line of the incoming news that night.

Kurt was only human but his death was one of those occasions that you remember. The only other 'celebrity' deaths I remember what I was doing at the time are River Phoenix and Princess Diana. I remember Freddy Mercury dying but I haven't a clue what I was up to.

I do find it a bit sad that people are still grieving ten years on though, but then people still miss Elvis and John Lennon. Welcome aboard Kurt, you didn't want that amount of fame in life and it probably helped to kill you - now you're lumbered with the it forever. Rest well.


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