Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love: A Strange but True Love Story

When Kurt Met Courtney

When Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love first locked eyes on each other, it was 11 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 1990. And within a minute, the 23-year-old Kurt and the 26-year-old Courtney were already tussling on the floor of the dark and tiny Portland, Oregon nightclub called Satyricon. Kurt was there to do a Nirvana gig.


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Courtney was there because she came with a friend who was dating a member of the band (Oily Bloodmen) that opened for Nirvana. Courtney, the lead singer of Hole, was already famous by then, and she was holding court in a booth when she caught eye of Kurt walking by a few minutes before he was set to perform on stage. Courtney, in her red polka-dot dress, said to him: “You look like Dave Pirner.” (Pirner was the lead singer of Soul Asylum).