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Music: Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain (20 February 1967 - 5 April 1994) was the lead vocalist and guitarist of Nirvana. Known for getting deeply into drugs and finally offing himself. Much of the fan-base blames his widow, Courtney Love.

For a list of albums featuring Cobain, see The Other Wiki.


Tropes relating to all things Kurt Cobain:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Many of Cobain's lyrics write about a Crapsack World and his personal hatred for machoism, homophobes and abuse of women.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Helped his favourite obscure Alternative Rock and Punk Rock 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 REM at the time of his death.
  • Broken Ace: 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.
  • William S. Burroughs: Cobain admired his work and they met each other a few times.
  • Careful With That Axe and Guttural Growler: One of his vocal trademarks.
  • Dreadful Musician: In his early days.
  • Follow the Leader: 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.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: His famous suicide note (which quotes Neil Young).
  • Grunge: Trope Codifier
  • Guilt Complex: 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 Incesticide, In Utero and MTV Unplugged In New York as anti-commercial as possible. One of his songs is even named Oh, The Guilt.
  • Iconic Outfit: His fuzzy sweater from MTV Unplugged.
  • Never Accepted In His Home Town: 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.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: 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.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Cobain often gave his songs themes, titles or lines that were clearly intended to shock and alienate certain people. He also used Nightmare Fuel drug-, disease-, death- and human anatomy imagery that would repulse average listeners.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: He wrote songs mocking Macho culture, and he publicly lambasted those who epitomized it.
  • Three Chords and the Truth
  • Word Salad Lyrics: He admitted he had been more concerned about the music.