Ex-Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson allegedly stated earlier this month that late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was working on solo demos before his death in 1994. Nirvana and Cobain fans were thrilled; this reported information had never been spilled to the public in the eighteen years since Cobain’s death.
But Butch Vig, the award-winning producer for Nirvana’s iconic album Nevermind, said that there’s a good reason for that: Cobain’s solo album was probably “all in his head.”
In an interview, the Nevermind producer and Garbage musician, Vig, voiced his doubts that the Nirvana frontman ever recorded a solo album despite a quote from Erlandson that hinted at that possibility. “He was headed in a direction that was really cool,” Erlandson said. “It would have been his White Album. That’s really what he was going towards, a solo album but working with different people.”
But Vig, who could have been a part of the recording process if Cobain was indeed tracking solo material told New Music Express that Cobain was “working on songs, but they were just in his head. He might have just played them to Eric.”
Vig also said that Cobain usually didn’t discuss his own material and was excited to promote wife Courtney Love’s album, Live Through This; the album was released four days after Cobain’s suicide.
“Around that period he only wanted to talk about Courtney’s album,” continued Vig. “I never heard any of his new songs.”
Currently, Vig’s been working on the soundtrack for Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City Studios where Nevermind was recorded. He’s also spent time recording with Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic.
“The last 24 hours have been surreal!,” Vig tweeted. “Had a great gig at the El Rey last night, and spent today recording with Dave, Krist and special guest!”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles