Nirvana Bassist Turns Politician

Krist Novoselic to run for office

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has announced his intention to run for public office.

Kurt Cobain died in 1994, bringing the career of Nirvana to a sudden and tragic end. One of the most seminal bands in American rock music, Nirvana ushered in the grunge movement effectively taking the music of the underground into the mainstream.

One of the pivotal shows in the band’s British career was at the Reading Festival in 1992. With Kurt Cobain emerging onstage in a wheelchair the trio played an incendiary set which climaxed with the singer throwing himself into the drums.

The full show will be released on DVD. later this year, bringing acres of unseen footage to fans.

However the contradictions of being a serious artist whose music was used in commercials eventually drove Kurt Cobain into a deep depression, and was one of the factors in his tragic suicide.

ClashMusic recently looked back on the career of Nirvana with our special Essential 15 – listing the band’s pivotal tracks.

Since the band ended in 1994, the musicians involved have gone their separate ways. Drummer Dave Grohl emerged with his own brand of pop-punk, with Foo Fighters going on to top charts across the world.

Bassist Krist Novoselic, however, has stepped back from the limelight. Living and working in his hometown of Seattle the musician has been involved in various projects as well as regular writing stints as a journalist.

In a new move, the bassist could yet become a politician. Novoselic filed papers on June 3rd to run to country clerk in Wahkiakum Country as a member of the Grange Party in order to bring attention to disputed election methods.

Of course the Grange Party does not actually exist, with Novoselic aiming to protest against what he sees as a political loop hole.

In an email to The Daily World, Novoselic explained: “I listed ‘prefers Grange Party’ in this partisan race. Of course there is no such thing as a Grange Party.”

“Before I-872 was implemented in Washington, it would have been illegal to list Grange, or American Legion, Eagles, Boy Scouts or whatever next to a candidate’s name on the public ballot. The way I-872 is implemented is confusing voters.”

The bassist is actually aligned to the Democratic Party, with whom he serves as the Wahkiakum County chairman.

The election is due to take place later this year.

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