Cobain's Mom Recalls Hearing "Teen Spirit" The First Time

Via The “Growing Up Kurt Cobain” exhibition just opened in Ireland, where Kurt's Mom Wendy, his sister Kimberley and his daughter Frances Bean Cobain took some time to share their thoughts on the icon.

His Mom remembers hearing, "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the first time. Kurt was home for a visit, and he asked, “‘Mom, can I put a tape on the stereo? It’s my recording,’”. Her reply was, “You’ve been here for three days. … I’m just hearing about this now?” He offered to keep the volume down because his stepfather was watching football, but she told him, “You don’t need to hear football. Turn it up!”

After seeing her son deal with the struggles of getting a band together and playing tiny venues, when she heard the song she said the hair on her arms stood up and she felt a “heaviness” in her chest, before telling her son, “Oh, my God, Kurt, this is gonna sell you to the moon and back.”

“I warned him, ‘I don’t think you’re ready for this. How are you gonna do this?'" she added. "I was scared to death…” But Kurt wasn’t convinced, dismissing her feelings because “you’re just my mom.”

The Cobain exhibition runs at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, until Sept. 30, after which it moves to the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile.

Check out the interview and how much Frances looks like Kurt!

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