It took years of handwringing over whether to advertise their link to a quintessential rock musician who also happened to be a less-than-ideal role model, but in January, officials from Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Wash., announced that the small logging community will henceforth celebrate Kurt Cobain Day on the late luminary’s birthday, Feb. 20.
The Seattle Times reports on plans for a ceremony commemorating a new Cobain statue at the Aberdeen Museum of History. A few lesser-known Cobain associates — his old guitar teacher, for one — are scheduled to be onhand. Aberdeenian Nirvana fans can absorb a performance by Gebular, a local band who has no hope whatsoever of becoming the most significant act to come from Aberdeen.
All that’s well and fine for those people. But what about we who, despite the relentless hoopla that surrounded recent reissues of “Nevermind” and “In Utero,” still aren’t worn out on Nirvana nostalgia? Here are some thoughts, in reader-friendly, list-form.
|1.||Take a moment to appreciate how well-adjusted Frances Bean Cobain turned out|
Considering she grew up with the notoriously erratic Courtney Love as her major adult role model, was saddled with one mega-whopper of a daddy issue, and enjoys virtually unlimited financial resources, is smoking and drinking really the worst trouble Frances Bean could be getting into? Raised under similar conditions, I bet 21-year-old me would’ve been doing stuff like injecting coke into my eye socket, running over old ladies with stolen police cars, and sacrificing puppies to Satan. I wouldn’t be embarking on an apparently promising artistic career, as is the case with the young Cobain.
To hell with the tabloids. Let us salute Frances Bean Cobain, and hope she’s enjoying her wine and cigarettes. She seems to know what she’s doing.
|2.||Check out "Hit So Hard"|
|3.||Think a nice thought about Courtney Love|
Nothing short of a criminal mastermind could execute the elaborate plot investigated in the 1998 Nick Broomfield documentary "Kurt & Courtney" without getting busted. Courtney Love has been arrested far too many times for any reasonable person to believe she’s good at getting away with crimes. These days, she can’t even use Twitter without getting sued.
Had Courtney Love tried to kill Kurt Cobain, or had she tried to hire someone to do the deed, her plan would’ve failed. Today, she would be locked up, and Nirvana would probably still be putting out records. Even Broomfield has more-or-less abandoned the conspiracy by the conclusion of "Kurt & Courtney," although he does present solid evidence that the former Hole frontwoman might be kind of a jerk.
|4.||Blast the Vaselines or Daniel Johnston or basically anything besides Pearl Jam|
Because absolutely no one needs to hear "Nevermind" again, devote your day’s listening to some of Cobain’s quirkier influences. Or just listen to whatever you want, so long as it isn’t Pearl Jam. Listening to Pearl Jam on Kurt Cobain Day would be very wrong.
|5.||Remember that Dave Grohl is an overrated drummer, and Foo Fighters always sucked|
Cool story, Dad. Now go eat some prunes and take a nap while we compose dubstep symphonies on our smartphones. With auto-tuned vocals.
|6.||Don’t brush your teeth. Eat an apple instead. Kurt would have wanted it that way|
If a man can live 27 years while cleaning his teeth exclusively with apples, is it possible that brushing your teeth is for suckers?
|7.||Don’t write anything overwrought or sanctimonious about the towering significance of Nirvana and publish it on the Internet|
|8.||Think a mean thought about Axl Rose|