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When people suggest to me that my band and my songs had some kind ofsignificant influence over Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, I have to wonder. I reallyjust think Kurt liked my music. imagine the Meat Puppets really havingthat big of an impact. I mean, I’m influenced by people, too. Everybody whoplays music is. And none of us are that fuckin’ original, really. It’s just you havethat voice or talent or whatever.I never heard a lot of the Meat Puppets sound in Nirvana’s music, but I alwaysthought some of the songwriting was really clever. The tunes were a little bittraditional, but there was always a little bit of a spin on them that made themdistinctly Kurt’s own. That’s something that I’ve kind of always been aproponent of, while—of course—being cautious not to be entirely derivative.Honestly, I think I’m pretty minor. I think Kurt had plenty of motivations. Hewas probably really into Kiss and the Beatles, and we all know he loved theMelvins. And I always heard a lot of Black Flag. So it makes sense to me that hesupposedly sent his early demos to SST Records.Most people who are familiar with the Meat Puppets know that we wereinfluenced by the Grateful Dead. We weren’t a jam band in the classic sense, buttheir music spoke to us. Even when my brother Cris and I were playing hardcorepunk music, we loved the Grateful Dead. So, if Nirvana was as influenced by usas some say, then they were indirectly influenced by the Dead—the ultimatehippie band.The Meat Puppets stuff that Nirvana covered on MTV Unplugged was prettymuch just a kind of folk music anyway. The guys at SST—Chuck Dukowski andGreg Ginn, who were in Black Flag—listened to the Dead when they wereyounger. We were on SST Records at the time, and I can remember when theystarted getting into it again. It began to influence Black Flag toward the end, andlater, when Greg was doing Gone, he was way into jamming.We did a bunch of tours with Black Flag, but that tour in 1984 when they
released My War was the longest. At that point, they would go see the Deadwhenever they could. Henry Rollins would, too. I know for a fact that Henryloved ’em.Moving ahead to the summer of 1993, Nirvana’s management at GoldMountain—which was also our management—got in touch with us and asked usto go out on tour with them. They were about to put out In Utero. And that’s howwe met them. I hadn’t known them at all before then, but I liked what they weredoing.The follow-up to Nevermind was a hectic period for them. Nirvana had movedinto arenas, kind of against their will. We had played some larger places by then,mostly opening for people and doing festivals, and we were comfortable playingthose kinds of venues. They were good guys. Kurt and Dave and Krist were allreally easy to get along with, and we kind of became pals. It was a lot of fun.It’s always nice to have people that you admire be into your songs. And Ithought it was a really cool idea to put different bands like ours and theBoredoms—a cool Japanese punk band—with a comedian like BobcatGoldthwait. I really respected how Nirvana took matters into their own handsand just did what they wanted to do.Novoselic was probably the most accessible and the most affable right off thebat. He and I became good buddies. Years later, we worked together in a bandcalled Eyes Adrift. During the tour, we’d hang out in each other’s hotel rooms orgo get coffee and chat. We weren’t big museum guys or anything. Besides, itwas a bus tour—you’re getting hauled around, and you’re either at the hotel or atthe venue. (PDF) Nirvana FAQ John

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