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6 things that will piss off Nirvana fans

  • By captainparadiddle
  • 29 January 2015

  1. A t-shirt with Kurt Cobain's suicide note emblazoned on the front

The endless besmirching of Kurt Cobain’s legacy has continued unabated for years. The latest chapter in this unedifying tale occurred a few weeks back, when Ebay confirmed that they removed the sale of a t-shirt which had reprinted his suicide note. Not only is this merchandise crass, it also devalues the mental health struggles that Cobain experienced for all of his adult life. Converse engaged in similar behaviour years back when they released limited edition Kurt Cobain shoes with scribblings from Cobain's journals.

  1. Rip off box sets

The long awaited With the Lights out box set was released in November 2004 to coincide with the ten year anniversary of Cobain’s death. Even a diehard Nirvana fan would be hard pushed to think of this as anything other than a desperate attempt to cash in on the Cobain brand. There is a reason the various versions of Rape Me and Been a Son were all ‘previously unreleased’- they sound shit. If you want to listen to Nirvana at their best then run along to your local record store and pick up one of the albums that the band worked hard to produce and that Cobain actually wanted released.

  1. Guitar Hero 5

Writing this hurts my heart. A moribund-looking Cobain singing along to ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’? Yes, we all love Guitar Hero, but does it have to be this way?! Why can’t we just play along to the crappy 80s ballads and leave KC in the clear?

  1. The Kurt Cobain Broadway Musical

Dear God, somebody please stop Courtney Love. Apparently, this is what Nirvana fans want; a Kurt Cobain musical. I’m not really sure who has come up with this idea or why it hasn’t already been vetoed via the usual Twitter shit-storm after Courtney Love talks about, well, pretty much anything.

  1. Advertising fruit beer

The 21st Century fad of advertising products using dead people is cheap and demeaning. Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur and Marilyn Monroe drinking fruit beer on a tropical island is detestable for 2 reasons. Firstly, fruit beer is disgusting. Secondly, just watch it.

  1. A Kurt Cobain statue

Jesus Christ, what a fuck up. Cobain’s hometown, Aberdeen, decided to have a Kurt Cobain day, (whatever the fuck that means) and unveiled a statue that looked more like a crying vegan Jesus than it did Cobain. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Anybody who has read anything about Cobain knows that he hated his hometown and many of its occupants, thinking that they were homophobic rednecks. The Mayor thinks the statue will help boost tourism in the town, just like Cobain always wanted........