“I wish I was like you, easily amused”
6,939 days (991 weeks) have passed since we lost Kurt Cobain, one of the most brilliant exponents of Grunge and youth icon of the 90’s.
The world of today is quite different from the one where Cobain, Novoselic and Grohl released Nevermind, the album which made Grunge part of the mainstream and a commercial success with over 30 million copies sold.
Cobain’s music as well as his presence as frontman contributed to make “alternative music” popular in the decade of the nineties. Back then, it was cool to listen to the things the kids in Seattle were doing, but now the numbers seem to tell it is not cool, neither popular anymore. Cobain (and some other exponents like Vedder) made Grunge popular and trendy, however pop music regained its supremacy in the industry in no time.
I keep wondering, what would Kurt have to say if he listened to a song by the Jonas Brothers? Would he enjoy the Lady Gaga videos? What would he think if he knew his tunes are played in the airwaves and in the pubs as “classics” or “oldies”? Would he pay $120.00 USD for his ripped jeans at Abercrombie & Fitch?
On the other hand, if Kurt was alive today, would we want him to keep performing and making his music? I don’t think so, I wouldn’t care for a bunch of guys with a mid-life crisis pretending to have fun bodysurfing at a gig, or throwing themselves to the drums. You might say at this point, “ok, Dave Grohl does not do that kind of shit anymore, he grew up and Kurt might have too”, again, I don’t think so… maybe it is best just to remember him as he was, fucking brilliant! Ultimately, great bands have to retire with dignity at some point, a lesson The Rolling Stones have yet to learn.
I guess I am rambling now; I just did not want this date to go unnoticed, and send a firm handshake to Kurt Cobain wherever he is.
April 5th, 2013.