february 20: smells like kurt’s birthday.

“And going for the clincher, a girl cries out in vain
How Jesus lived 6 years longer than Kurt Cobain
And Jesus’ hair was longer, and Jesus’ arms were stonger
And Jesus’s eyes were bluer, and Jesus’ thoughts were truer.”

(Jesus Lived 6 Years Longer Than Kurt Cobain by Bollock Brothers)

When his voice gets all low and raspy, my blood still runs cold: he was the perfect cross between Lennon and McCartney, with his effin’ caramel voice – a beautiful rock voice. You could hear in that caramel voice his whole love of bluegrass music, of Bill Monroe and Leadbelly.  Nirvana’s lyrics were so deep–stuff like “The animals I’ve trapped have now become my pets”. And that’s just one of the reasons why Nirvana’s music is (still) nuclear, why Nirvana’s music is (still) splitting the atom, why Nirvana’s music is (still) raising the temperature for everybody; manufactured pop never looked so cold as when that heat was around. Truth be told, the moment “Bleach”, “Nevermind” and “In Utero” were out, Nirvana and Cobain made everyone and everything else look silly. Even after two decades, they are (still) doing that.

Kurt was not that tall, had some big piercing blue eyes and a tremendous smile — and that’s one thing that nobody can replicate. He could be a real grumpy bastard, but that was part of his charm;  and he also had an intense narcissism… But he also didn’t have one atom of rock star ego, and he needed it. He didn’t give himself enough credit. He was just sitting there in his sweater, hunched over his guitar, looking like a little lost boy. A once beautiful, then pathetic, lost and  ultimately an heroically stupid boy. But, as he’d say “Oh Well… Whatever, Nevermind”. In spite of that, one thing is for sure: this lost, grumpy little boy changed the course of where the music went. As some critics like to say, there are certain people where you can see the axis of musical history twisting on them: Hendrix was pivotal, Prince was pivotal, Cobain was pivotal.

For these reasons and many more: Happy 44th Birthday, Mr. Cobain. No matter where you are! “Drain you”, along with “Aneurysm”, were his songs of choice. And, as the blue eyed boy once said: This song is dedicated to Frank Zappa, and River Phoenix, Fred Gwynne who played Herman Munster, Dixie Lee Ray, Thomas P, Tip O’Neil, and you, dumb ass, who just threw water on me. (Kurt Cobain, 01/07/94 at Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington) ((:

Speaking of “dumb”… Now please compare Nirvana with this “na na na come on”. Brilliantly… dumb! If you really want to sleep your way to the top, you should at least make sure before you’ve got a little talent whatsoever or make sure you CAN sing. Oh well. Brilliant, anyway. 😀 Well, at least she’s pretty. Poor consolation, I know.

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One thought on “february 20: smells like kurt’s birthday.

  1. no, no, no.
    you can’t like kurt cobain.
    no, no, no. i refuse to share nirvana. 😀

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