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

'''Kurt Donald Cobain''' (20 February 1967 - 5 April 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.

Cobain was pretty much OneOfUs as a teenager and twentysomething. He listened to a lot of AlternativeRock, PunkRock, ProtoPunk, OutsiderMusic and regular Rock bands and emulated their styles into his own. 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, including Music/ThePixies, Music/TheBreeders, Music/TheVaselines, Music/MeatPuppets, Music/DanielJohnston, Music/TheStooges, Music/TheRaincoats, Music/TheShaggs, Music/BlackFlag, Music/BadBrains, Music/SonicYouth, Music/TheSexPistols, Music/PJHarvey, Music/{{Boredoms}}, Music/ShonenKnife, Music/{{Leadbelly}}, Music/PublicImageLtd, Music/TheBeatles, Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{Swans}} and Music/MazzyStar.

Sadly he felt his over-night 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, but Cobain sank away further in [[AddledAddict drug addictions]], depressions until he finally [[AteHisGun offed]] [[DrivenToSuicide himself]]. Much of the fan-base [[YokoOhNo blames his widow]], Music/CourtneyLove, though Kurt had already alluded and flirted with suicide all throughout his life, so it actually was pretty much [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]].

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 TheOtherWiki (or just go to the Music/{{Nirvana}} page).

!! 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 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 listened to ''Music/AutomaticForThePeople'' 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.
* 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's line "better to burn out than to fade away" from "Hey Hey (My My)" on ''Music/RustNeverSleeps''.).
* {{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," and "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."
* 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''.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHomeTown: Kurt, being from the small town of Aberdeen, had this sort of relationship with his town. Kurt didn't approve of the town, and the town generally didn't approve of him. Kurt rarely ever said anything good about the town, which poisoned any goodwill that the town had for him, regardless of an individual's opinion of him.
* 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. Apart from that he sometimes performed in dress or flirted with homosexuality to piss off his macho homophobic fan-base.
* TestosteronePoisoning: He wrote songs mocking Macho culture, and he publicly lambasted those who [[RatedMForManly epitomized it]].
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: His sound is simple, but effective.
* WordSaladLyrics: He admitted he had been more concerned about the music.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Violence against women he despised greatly. Several ''Nirvana'' songs protested against this.