Likely due to the 15th anniversary of his death, Kurt Cobain has been popping up in the press even more than usual lately. Today’s big story is that The Killers singer Brandon Flowers allegedly dissed Cobain in an interview, but we don’t really agree with that angle. First, here’s the quote:
“I don’t mean it in a bad way,” Flowers told the Daily Star (via Chart Attack), “but I think Kurt Cobain and grunge took the fun out of rock ‘n roll.”
Flowers is certainly not the first person to note that Nirvana and the 1990s grunge movement were influential in ending the era of hair metal and glam. It’s such a common notion that it even came up in Mickey Rourke’s The Wrestler last year, when he tells Marisa Tomei’s character that hair bands were the best until “that Cobain pussy had to come around and ruin it all.” “Like there’s something wrong with just wanting to have a good time?” she replied. Don’t you think Cobain would be kind of proud to be associated with taking the “fun” out of music?
No, we don’t think Flowers really took much of a stab at Cobain. If he really wanted to get him good, he could’ve used this line from Bart Simpson on the Smashing Pumpkins: “Meh. Making teenagers miserable is like shooting fish in a barrel.”