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

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+Music/ThePixies, Music/TheBreeders, Music/TheVaselines, Music/MeatPuppets, Music/DanielJohnston, Music/TheStooges, Music/{{Flipper}}, Music/TheRaincoats, Music/TheShaggs, Music/BlackFlag, Music/BadBrains, Music/SonicYouth, Music/TheSexPistols, Music/PJHarvey, Boredoms, Music/ShonenKnife, Music/LeadBelly, Music/PublicImageLtd, Music/TheBeatles,
Music/AC/DC, Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{Swans}}, Music/MazzyStar, Music/CelticFrost, Music/{{Melvins}}, Music/ButtholeSurfers, Millions of Dead Cops

'''Kurt Donald Cobain''' (February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994) was the lead vocalist and guitarist of Music/{{Nirvana}}. Without any doubt the most important and influential rock star of TheNineties. The monster success of ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' in 1991 launched Nirvana to the top of the charts and made {{Grunge}} and to a greater degree AlternativeRock fashionable. [[TrueArtIsAngsty Angsty songs]] with DarkerAndEdgier lyrics and sounds suddenly got a chance to leave the underground and break to the mainstream.

As a teenager and twenty something he listened to a lot of AlternativeRock, PunkRock, ProtoPunk, OutsiderMusic, and regular rock bands to emulate their styles, and when Nirvana became the first of these bands to break to the mainstream, Cobain did everything he could to give his inspirations more attention in the press.

Sadly, he felt his overnight success was embarrassing. He always wanted to be famous, but within alternative rock, not in the mainstream where people could accuse him of "selling out". He tried to do everything to avoid such connotations, even going so far as to release an album meant to alienate the newer fanbase ([[SpringtimeForHitler which wound up having the opposite effect]]), but Cobain sank away further into drug addiction and depression until he finally offed himself on April 5, 1994. Much of the fan-base [[YokoOhNo blames his widow]], Music/CourtneyLove, though Kurt had already alluded and flirted with suicide all throughout his life.

After death, Cobain became a typical example of DeadArtistsAreBetter. His legend remains intact to this day and Nirvana's albums still get rediscovered by many new young rock bands. He even got respect from older rock stars such as Music/NeilYoung, Music/DavidBowie and Music/BobDylan. He also had an OddFriendship with writer Creator/WilliamSBurroughs.

For a list of albums featuring Cobain, see Wiki/TheOtherWiki (or just go to the Music/{{Nirvana}} page).

A little public service announcement that we at Wiki/TVTropes would be very remiss not to make here: If you're feeling suicidal, ''please'' [[UsefulNotes/SuicidePrevention get help immediately.]] Talk to a loved one at the very least and let them know how you're feeling. [[YouAreNotAlone There is help out there]], no matter what you might believe.

!! Tropes relating Kurt Cobain's work:
* AccentuateTheNegative: Many of Cobain's lyrics write about a CrapsackWorld and his personal hatred for machismo, homophobia and abuse of women.
* AllGuitarsAreStratocasters: Though Kurtís main guitars were either a Fender Jaguar or Fender Mustang, he would also play a Stratocaster at the end of a concert. To either smash or give away to fans.
* AscendedFanboy: Helped his favourite obscure AlternativeRock and PunkRock bands (like Music/TheVaselines) 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 was listening to to ''Music/AutomaticForThePeople'' by Music/{{REM}} at the time of his death. He also ''tried'' to be this with Music/{{Melvins}}, as he auditioned for them on several occasions (and wound up being an occasional tour hand) and later wound up attempting to produce ''Houdini'' until he and King Buzzo mutually agreed that it wasn't working out (which both parties were apparently rather crestfallen about). In spite of this, however, he was very good friends with King Buzzo up until his death and credited him with introducing him to heavier music.
%% * CarefulWithThatAxe
%% * GutturalGrowler: One of his vocal trademarks.
* FollowTheLeader: When Nirvana started becoming famous, countless rock bands began copying their ThreeChordsAndTheTruth format since it became the "trendy" thing to do.
%% * {{Grunge}}: TropeCodifier
%% * GuiltComplex: Song "Oh, The Guilt."
* HarshVocals: He once complained in an interview about having to scream his lungs out every night on stage.
* IconicOutfit: His fuzzy sweater from ''Music/MTVUnpluggedInNewYork''.
* RefugeInAudacity: Cobain often gave his songs themes, titles or lines that were clearly intended to shock and alienate certain people. He also used nightmare laden imagery (with special attention given to drugs, disease, death, and human anatomy) that would repulse average listeners. Apart from that he sometimes performed in dress or flirted with homosexuality to piss off his macho homophobic fan-base.
** Taken UpToEleven after jocks started coming to their shows once the band broke through. In Utero is intentionally even noisier than Nevermind in an attempt to get some of the mainstream fans to go away.
* TestosteronePoisoning: He wrote songs mocking macho culture, and he publicly lambasted those who [[RatedMForManly epitomized it]].
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: His sound is simple, and solos aren't very technical in nature, but the music is still quite effective.
* WordSaladLyrics: Kurt blatantly admitted he had been more concerned about the music than the words, even going so far as to occasionally string words together just because he thought they sounded good together, not because they meant anything special to him.