Worship the Digital Junkie God

I Hate Myself And Want To Die

Okay, this is stupid:

What’s stupider however, is the pseudo-outrage bullshit surrounding it. Apparently this is a travesty against humanity or something, Everett True’s take on the situation explain seems to sum up the outrage:

Um. Grohl and Love sanctioned this one for the new Guitar Hero. So respect due to Grohl and Love then. Fucking corporate cock-sucking memory-destroying fret-wanking MTV-supporting fame-chasing money-grabbing grave-turning publicity-loving vacuous spoiled jaded cunting rock whores.

Apparently Everett True is important for some reason. He knew Cobain and he even introduced Kurt to Courtney (gee, thanks for that, guy). Good for him. That doesn’t change the fact that the above statement written by him is an ignorant mess.

Where to begin, I guess with the whole “Grohl and Love sanctioned this one…” intro. I’m not going to get into Courtney Love’s involvement with the game. She says she was tricked or whatever into Kurt’s likeness being in the game. Who knows if that’s true or not. I have no opinion or interest either way. However, I think trying to pin the blame on Dave Grohl is, well, really stupid.

Dave Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana and that is all. With the notable exception of Smells Like Teen Spirit and a very select few other tunes, he has no songwriting credits with the group. I am not downplaying Grohl’s role in the band, I think he was an amazing drummer and no doubt contributed to the overall “vibe” of the group, but I digress. My point is that as the former drummer of Nirvana, his legal rights to Kurt Cobain’s likeness are probably lacking at best. I’m fairly certain that is owned by Courtney, their daughter Frances and whatever other groups/lawyers/whatevers that have become associated with those two. To “blame” this on Grohl is pretty damned stupid. And supposed Grohl is to “blame” for this, well then that would make Krist Novoselic equally responsible, would it not? Why not pin the blame on him as well? As a commentor on True’s blog wondered, is he just not famous enough to matter?

Of course True’s implication in all of this is that it’s some sort of tragedy, that this is something that Kurt would never ever want and that it’s soiling the good name of Cobain. Of course, we don’t know this for sure; you know why?

Because Kurt Cobain was a junkie who blew his brains out with a shotgun, abandoning his wife and infant daughter because he couldn’t deal with reality anymore. That’s a pretty big fucking stain on his legacy, don’t you think? This is kind of minor in comparison.

Who the fuck knows what Cobain would have thought about this? Why does anyone fucking care? I’m not trying to downplay the importance of Cobain and Nirvana. Without Nirvana I would not be who I am, and I’m sure many out there reading this feel the same way. However, he was just a musician, and he was also a deeply flawed human being who let his own weaknesses, addictions and faults get the best of him in the end.

Assuming he hadn’t killed himself who knows what he or Nirvana would be like today. Maybe they would have gone the Pearl Jam route, adopting a low-key persona in order to stay sane, or maybe he would have turned into a sad pathetic parody of himself like Billy Corgan has. Kurt was the sole creative force in Nirvana for the most part, maybe he would have fired Grohl and Krist and turned Nirvana into a glorified solo act? Maybe his desire for popular success (which he did have, sorry punk rockers) would have got the best of him, turning Nirvana into a Matchbox 20-style pop-rock band. Hell, maybe he would have embraced electronic music and create a new band with Fatboy Slim. We’ll never know. And that sucks. And maybe it’s about time we all got over it, appreciate the music he left behind, and move the fuck on.

The above track (way above) is the version of “I Hate Myself And Want To Die” that originally appeared on The Beavis And Butt-Head Experience, not the version that was on the With The Lights Out box set. If you want a shitload more Nirvana rarities I advise you to check out this post, which has all five Outcesticide bootlegs. Contrary to the comment at the bottom of that page, they all seem to work fine.

It should also be noted that Guitar Hero 5 has Matt Bellamy in it. And that is awesome. However his guitar doesn’t shoot lasers. Which is kind of a let down.

It should also be noted that “cunting” is a stupid word, and anyone who tries to use it should be slapped.

Foo Fighters
Darling Nikki
Born On The Bayou
Band On The Run

Courtney doesn’t appear to be a fan of the Foos, which is expected I suppose. They’re still a great band, and one of the few American bands left that can consistently deliver high quality albums and sell out Arenas across the country. So give them some credit where credit is due. A greatest hits collection is due soon. And that’s nice, but I’d much rather have a B-sides collection, since they have a fucking ton of them. The first two of the tracks above are b-sides, an the other three are covers (of varying quality) the files themselves will tell you where they are from. I am far to tired to. Quick side note, if you want to hear a really good cover by Grohl and co. check out their take on Gary Numan’s “Down In The Park” which you can get on iTunes.

7 Responses to “Worship the Digital Junkie God”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Celebrity worship, celebrity demonization, either's a mental illness.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What no Hole tracks?
    (are you now gonna say that Hole had zero importance in the early 90's grunge scene?)
    It is a bit weird that Dave's input was asked though.

  3. The Lost Turntable says:

    I don't have any rare Hole. And Dave's input was most likely NOT asked, that was the point of my post, he doesn't need to be since he has no ownership rights on Kurt's likeness.

  4. Anonymous says:

    They also do great covers of "Baker Street" and "Sister Europe". Brian

    Another great post – Thanks!

  5. Jonny says:

    Right with you though I do rather like the word 'cunting'.

  6. Anonymous says:

    What, no "Have A Cigar" mention. Great cover of Pink Floyd.

  7. alphabot says:

    Cobain wasn't just a junky. He had real honest physical pain the led him to be a user, and eventually led him to off himself. It's just not as pathetic as an addict with no reasons other than "life sucks." Get it right!

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