Published Apr 13, 2012Former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson was a friend of Kurt Cobain and recently released a collection of poems and essays called Letters to Kurt, which pays tribute to the late grunge icon. Now, Erlandson has claimed in a new interview that Cobain was working on a solo album at the time of his death in 1994.
Erlandson told Fuse that the Nirvana leader "was headed in a direction that was really cool. It would have been his White Album."
He continued, "That's really what he was going towards, a solo album but working with different people. 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]. I was like, 'Oh man, not only are you cutting off a life, but a message to the world, a musical path is just left with Bush and all this other stuff. He was cut short. Who knows where the music would have gone."
But wait, it gets better: these solo album demos could spawn another collection of outtakes. According to Erlandson, there is some unreleased material in the archives that is even "more intimate" than the material included on the 2004 box set With the Lights Out. Some of Kurt's rare acoustic demos appeared on that compilation, but there are apparently some more songs and mini-jams that have yet to see the light of day.
Erlandson added that some of the demos were in the vein of the standout rarity "Do Re Mi," and said, "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."
We'll have to wait and see whether the material that Erlandson is talking about ever sees the light of day. He hinted, "I heard some talk about somebody putting together some raw, rough acoustic thing."
Given Cobain's widow Courtney Love's latest crazy rant, however, there's no telling what the future of Cobain's estate will hold.