Did Kurt Cobain Record A Solo Album Before He Died?

Hole's Eric Erlandson says Yes

First we see that the late rapper Tupac Shakur is back on the music scene and now we learn that the late rocker Kurt Cobain may be back as well. Former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson has revealed that Cobain was in the process of recording a solo album before he died back in 1994. It’s unknown where these reported recordings are nor is it known who owns the rights but … according to Erlandson, it’s possible that we may — one day — get to hear “new” old music from the late Kurt Cobain.

Former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson has revealed that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain had recorded a whole album’s worth of solo demos before he died in 1994, which no-one has ever heard. Erlandson, who was speaking to US TV station Fuse, said that Cobain was heading in “a really cool direction” and that the solo album could have been the singer’s ‘White Album’. Speaking about Cobain’s solo album, Erlandson said: “He was headed in a direction that was really cool. It would have been his ‘White Album’. That’s really what he was going towards, a solo album but working with different people.” He continued: “I was really excited about some of the stuff he was working on. I got to see him play it in front of me. That’s why I was really sad when he died. He was cut short. Who knows where this music would have gone?” Then asked if he believed the demos would ever be released, Erlandson said he hoped so, but he had no control over whether they would be. He said when asked if he thoughts the demos could be released: “I’m not in control of things. I just wish something would come together. I think the fans would be a lot happier. If nobody ever hears those songs, except for like three people, then that’s the way it goes. I heard some talk about somebody putting together some raw, rough acoustic thing.” The guitarist also confirmed that the record contains one cover version, but would not say which one it was. He added: “There is one cover. I won’t say what it is. I don’t own the stuff. I just hope that one day it will be released for fans. It’s just so heartbreaking. It’s not surprising. It’s a very sweet, just touching song.”

This is very exciting news. I’ve heard over the years about the “unreleased music” that Kurt Cobain left behind but this is the most substantial information I’ve heard about a possible solo album. Erlandson made these comments Friday night at a screening of the documentary Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel in Brooklyn, NY so clearly … lots of 90′s grunge rock nostalgia was in the air. Honestly, this reported Cobain music could get released one day … then again, we might never hear any of it. It’s nice to wonder and hope tho. I’m certain many fans would be very happy to hear unreleased Kurt Cobain music. Just think, if an album does get released … a hologram Kurt Cobain could then go on tour.

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  1. Holy OMG you know that HE will be next years hologram if in fact there is a solo album!! Trent honey next year WE ARE GOING fo shuuuures!!! <3 love ya!

  2. What is this? Drag celebrities that died in the 90′s into the news week?

  3. YepYep

    With the barrage of back-to-back Nirvana songs out on the radio when he actually was alive and the even *more* barrage of continuous plays on every freakin station after he died, I am wholly Nirvana’d out! Seriously, I cannot stand the music anymore. However this will be cool for fans of him who made it through those hard times without pulling their ears off or losing interest or who were born too late to have been aurally assaulted by the media after his death.

  4. PixiesBassline

    I think those holographic performances are creepy as hell. I hope that never happens with Kurt.

  5. Claire

    I think Kurt was one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. This would be amazing if anything new came of it. I adore Unplugged, probably more than any other of Nirvana’s albums, so more acoustic stuff of Kurt’s would be unreal. Really hope there is some substance to this. And as weird as the hologram thing is, I would give my left arm to see Kurt live in any form I can get.

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