'''Kurt Donald Cobain''' (February 20, 1967 -- April 5, 1994) was the lead singer and guitarist of {{Music/Nirvana}}. Known for getting deeply into drugs and finally [[AteHisGun offing]] [[DrivenToSuicide himself]]. Much of the fandom [[YokoOhNo blames his widow]], Music/CourtneyLove.



[[folder: Nirvana]]
* Creator/SubPop 200 (1988)
* Bleach (1989)
* Blew (1989)
* Teriyaki Asthma, Vol. 1 (1989)
* The Grunge Years (1991)
* Kill Rock Stars (1991)
* Music/{{Nevermind}} (1991)
* Heaven And Hell: A Tribute To The Music/VelvetUnderground, Volume 1 (1990)
* Hard to Believe: {{Music/KISS}} Covers Compilation (1992)
* Hormoaning (1992)
* Incesticide (1992)
* Where Were You In '89 (1992)
* Music/InUtero (1993)
* No Alternative (1993)
* The WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Experience (1993)
* Eight Songs for Greg Sage and The Wipers (1993)
* Music/MTVUnpluggedInNewYork (1994)
* Singles (1995)
* Fender 50th Anniversary Guitar Legends (1996)
* Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense (1996)
* From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
* SaturdayNightLive: The Musical Performances Vol. 2 (1999)
* Downtrodden (2000)
* Music of the Millennium (canadian release only) (2001)
* Nirvana (2002)
* With the Lights Out (2004)
* Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
* {{Jarhead}} Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2005)
* Live at Reading (2009)
* Theme Time Radio Hour Season 3 With Your Host Music/BobDylan (2010)
* Icon (2010)
* Nevermind: The Singles (2011)

[[folder: The Go Team]]
* Scratch It Out/Bikini Twilight (1989)

[[folder: Mark Lanegan]]
* The Winding Sheet (1990)

[[folder: Earth]]
* Extra-Capsular Extraction (1991)
* A Bureaucratic Desire For Revenge (1991)
* 10.1990 (2000)
* Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars (2001)

[[folder: William S. Burroughs]]
* The "Priest" They Called Him (1992)

[[folder: Melvins]]
* Houdini (1993)

!His work contains the following tropes:
%%% Do not trope musicians' personal life. We trope only their work.
* AccentuateTheNegative: Many of Cobain's lyrics write about a CrapsackWorld and his personal hatred for machoism, homophobes and abuse of women.
* AscendedFanboy: Helped his favorite obscure AlternativeRock and PunkRock bands (like The Vaselines) reach a larger audience. He also wrote down a Top 50 of his favorite music albums in his personal diaries. According to Charles R. Cross' biography ''Heavier Than Heaven'' Cobain listened to ''Automatic For The People'' by Music/REM at the time of his death.
* BrokenAce: A rock star adored by millions of fans who suffered from depression and bipolar disorder, which, coupled with his heroin addiction, led him to suicide.
* Creator/WilliamSBurroughs: Cobain admired his work and they met each other a few times.
* CarefulWithThatAxe and GutturalGrowler: One of his vocal trademarks.
* DreadfulMusician: In his early days.
* FollowTheLeader: When Nirvana became famous countless rock bands started copying their sound and even their look. Cobain's sweaters were seen as a distinctive ''grunge'' look, while they were actually just common clothes someone would wear in a cold region like Seattle.
* GoodbyeCruelWorld: His famous suicide note (which quotes Music/NeilYoung).
* {{Grunge}}: TropeCodifier
* GuiltComplex: Cobain suffered from intense guilt about all kinds of topics that others wouldn't feel so bothered about. He hated the macho culture and attacked this viciously in songs like ''In Bloom''. He despised violence against women, another topic found in many of his songs, including ''Rape Me'', ''Polly'', ''Been A Son''. When Nirvana suddenly broke to the mainstream Cobain felt bad about the fact that he was now the same kind of ''popstar'' he used to despise and desperately tried to avoid being pigeonholed as a sell-out by keeping albums like ''Incesticide'', ''Music/InUtero'' and ''Music/MTVUnpluggedInNewYork'' as anti-commercial as possible. One of his songs is even named ''Oh The Guilt''.
* IconicOutfit: His fuzzy sweater from MTV Unplugged.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHomeTown: Seattle became a Mecca for grunge and Nirvana fans, but in reality most of the redneck folks there didn't see Cobain as a particular local hero. Cobain himself had no endearing feelings towards this town and even kissed one of his band members on the mouth during a MTV interview, just to piss off the homophobic villagers in Seattle.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: As the liner notes for ''Incesticide'' read:
-->''Last year, a girl was raped by two wastes of sperm and eggs while they sang the lyrics to our song "Polly". I have a hard time carrying on knowing there are plankton like that in our audience.''
* RefugeInAudacity: Cobain often gave his songs themes, titles or lines that were clearly intended to shock and alienate certain people. He also used NightmareFuel drug-, disease-, death and human anatomy imagery that would repulse average listeners.
* TestosteronePoisoning: He wrote songs mocking Macho culture, and he publicly lambasted those who [[RatedMForManly epitomized it]].
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* WordSaladLyrics: He admitted he had been more concerned about the music.