This smells like teen spirit—and looks like something we’ve never experienced before.
Maggie Poukkula didn’t think twice when she tweeted the photo below of her father from 1987. Tony Poukkola was in a band called Laytem at the time and lived in a house with a few other musicians. The photo that 19-year-old Maggie shared shows Tony lending his guitar skills to a fledgling band that drove a half-hour to perform in his basement.
That band was Nirvana. And it was their first-ever show.
Pictures of my dad and Kurt Cobain playing together back in the day😎 pic.twitter.com/y7lXh6acVn
— Maggs❂ (@mjpoukkula) July 16, 2015
Maggie understood that having a dad who has played with Kurt Cobain and company was pretty darn cool. But she did not have a clue this was the first time these photos—hidden away in her father’s library for decades—had ever surfaced.
“I had no idea that those were during Nirvana’s first concert,” Maggie told Rolling Stone. “My dad showed me them a while back, but he never mentioned that’s what was going on in the photos. I found out because of all the articles. I didn’t realize it was such a historical thing. I thought they were just cool pictures of my dad and Kurt jamming together.”
For Kurt Cobain, that first performance was reportedly a disaster; he supposedly threw his guitar on the ground and walked out an hour into the show.
Listen and decide for yourself whether the set was all that bad—and try not to think about how uncool your dad is in comparison to Maggie’s.