[[caption-width-right:350:Funny back then, [[FunnyAneurysm Not so much in hindsight...]]]]

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

For a list of albums featuring Cobain, see TheOtherWiki.

!! Tropes relating to all things Kurt Cobain:

* AccentuateTheNegative: Many of Cobain's lyrics write about a CrapsackWorld and his personal hatred for machoism, homophobes and abuse of women.
* AscendedFanboy: Helped his favourite obscure AlternativeRock and PunkRock bands (like The Vaselines) reach a larger audience. He also wrote down a Top 50 of his favourite 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 ''pop-star'' he used to despise and desperately tried to avoid being pigeon-holed as a sell-out by keeping albums like ''Music/{{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 red-neck 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 ''Music/{{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.