The Cobain 50

Kurt Cobain’s influence went beyond just the music he created with Nirvana. He also put the masses on to some of his own favorite artists. One particular document from his journals has been instructive to many fans – his top 50 albums.

Each week, The Cobain 50 podcast digs into albums from this famous list and how they may have influenced Cobain and Nirvana. While learning the individual histories of the different albums on the list, we gain new insights into artists on the fringes as well as some of the biggest groups of all time. The podcast takes us through the legacies of acts like Sonic Youth, Pixies, The Breeders, Public Enemy, PJ Harvey, Black Flag, Mazzy Star, The Shaggs, Shonen Knife, and more. Episodes drop weekly starting January 10, 2024.

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The Cobain 50 Episodes

Dusty Henry dives into Green by R.E.M., a band that set the stage for indie rock as this larger idea of staying authentic despite commercial success.

Roddy Nikpour dives into Get The Knack by The Knack. The album’s catchy lead single came out when Kurt was a preteen. Subscribe: .   &nbs…

Michael Azerrad, author of the 1993 biography Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana, joins us to talk about his relationship with Kurt Cobain. Subscribe: …

Seattle's own Jack Endino joins Dusty, Martin, and Albina for this month’s roundtable. Subscribe: .      

Martin Douglas dives into Jamboree by Beat Happening. Hailing from Olympia, Washington, the trio lived and breathed the punk rock ideology Subscribe: .&n…

Dusty Henry and Martin Douglas dive into the three albums by the Portland band Wipers, the band with the most entries on Kurt's list (unless you count "anythin…

Dusty Henry dives into Superfuzz Bigmuff by Mudhoney, whose debut represents the culmination of ideas that we now categorize as “grunge.” Subscribe: .&nb…

In this special bonus episode, we break format away from Kurt Cobain and Nirvana and look at the legacy of Soundgarden from the lens of founding member and ori…

Dusty Henry, Martin Douglas, Albina Cabrera, and Janice Headley discuss the idea of "punk" through the lens of four bands. Subscribe: .   …

Larry Mizell Jr. dives into My War by Black Flag. Subscribe: .      

Martin Douglas dives into the supreme weirdness of Philosophy of the World by The Shaggs. Subscribe: .      

Dusty Henry dives into the punk classic Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols by the Sex Pistols. Subscribe: .     &n…