AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Thought Kurt Cobain Was a ‘Poser’

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The late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain is one of the most beloved musicians in the history of rock and roll; that said, for as talented as Cobain was and as loved as he is to this day, there are some folks who have not been super fond of him.

One individual who wasn’t a fan of the Nirvana frontman was the late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young. As shared by Classic Rock, during a 1992 interview with Mark Blake for Metal CD, Blake spoke to Young about a variety of topics, and it was during their conversation that the journalist learned of Young’s feelings about Cobain.

Toward the end of their conversation, Blake mentioned several iconic heavy bands in an effort to see if Young had anything to say about AC/DC’s rivals; among the acts mentioned, Blake brought up Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne. Per Blake, he says “There was another painfully long pause. The silence between London and Sydney was deafening” (referring to where he and Young were located for this phone interview, respectively).

After some time, Blake says Young finally spoke up and said, “Seen a few of them bands on MTV.”

Blake replied and asked, “Which ones?”

Young then said, “Well, me daughter listens to that band…”

Blake then pushed Young to reveal which band he was referring to, and eventually, Blake says that Young said “Nirvana.”

Blake then followed up and decided to ask the guitarist what he thought of Cobain and Nirvana’s “angst-fuelled take on heavy rock.” Well, apparently, Young was not a fan of the Nirvana frontman, for his reply to Blake was as follows: “Naaaaah. Singer’s a blond feller. Bit of a poser.”

Per the details provided, there is no further explanation as to why Young considered Cobain to be a “poser.”

Both Young and Cobain were incredibly talented musicians, each who had a tremendous impact on the history of rock and roll. What do you make of Young’s feelings about the late Nirvana frontman? Below you will find links to other Kurt Cobain-related stories.

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