Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Thought This Kurt Cobain Solo Was ‘Terrible’

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Among the reflections he shared during a recent chat on Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend while talking about In UteroNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic opened up about a particular solo on the album he once called “terrible.”

Throughout this recent conversation, Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and producer Steve Albini reflect on the Seattle, Washington band’s last album and their legacy. While talking about creative process, Novoselic gets into a brief chat about one of In Utero‘s biggest hits: “Heart-Shaped Box.”

What specifically irks Novoselic about the track is its solo, played by the late Nirvana singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain. Speaking about the song’s solo, Novoselic shares (as transcribed by Killer Guitar Rigs): “But for ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ — remember, Steve, that solo? I didn’t like the way that solo was. It was too intense. It was really snarly.”

The Nirvana bassist continues to express his lack of fondness for the solo, going as far as to say that, to him, it was “terrible”:

“And I’m like, ‘Well, you know, this song is a really pretty song. And it’s a sad song in some ways.’ I think I used a term like, ‘This sounds like you just threw this abortion on the floor.’ That’s what I said, ‘All of a sudden, there’s just this abortion on the floor, this is terrible.’”

Are you of a similar mind when it comes to the guitar solo in Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”? Or are you a fan of it?

During that same conversation, Grohl reflected on the band’s rise to success, at one point mentioning “Before we made the record Nevermind, we were pretty much living in squalor.”

Of all the songs Nirvana has ever made, which would you consider their ten best? Just last month we published a feature naming the 10 greatest Nirvana songs of all time.

Nirvana “Heart-Shaped Box” official music video