UPDATE: Courtney Love: ‘Guitar Hero raped Kurt Cobain’

September 11th, 2009 // 72 Comments

Courtney Love is threatening to sue Activision over Kurt Cobain being an unlockable character in Guitar Hero 5 and took to her Twitter page to scream bloody murder. Of course this was probably to save her own ass because, surprise! Guess who signed the agreement and the back of the check. TMZ reports:

Cobain’s widow just unleashed a serious Twitter attack on Activision — the game developer — saying they never got her permission to use Kurt’s image … and she wouldn’t have given it to them if they had asked. Here’s a sample:
“not in twenty JILLION years would i EVER have allowed this and this islethal.”
“we get NO money for this, travesty, Frances gets NO money for the rape.”
Activision released the following statement:
“Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain’s likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero® 5.”

In a less crazy corner, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic issued a statement voicing their disappointment, the AP reports:

“While we were aware of Kurt’s image being used with two Nirvana songs, we didn’t know players have the ability to unlock the character,” they said. “This feature allows the character to be used with any kind of song the player wants. We urge Activision to do the right thing in ‘re-locking’ Kurt’s character so that this won’t continue in the future.”

“While we were aware of Kurt’s image being used.” Read: “While we were aware Courtney loves heroin but hates working…”

UPDATE: So apparently Rolling Stone has an interview with Activision back in August where they reveal “Courtney supplied us with photos and videos and knew exactly what she wanted Kurt to look like.” Then again, I’m willing to believe Courtney remembers absolutely nothing of this because Vicodin’s delicious. Thanks to pushedback in the comments.

Photos: IGN.com
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  1. ihateemo

    Being out of your mind on drugs and have legal guardianship of your late husband’s estate is a dangerous combination. Courtney probably already spent whatever money Activision gave her and is just clamoring for more.

    Useless hag.

    Whatever, a bunch of kids will play this game and go out and buy a bunch of Nirvana records based on the fact they heard it in Guitar Hero. She’ll get plenty of money out of this and she knows it.

  2. Tanzarian

    I thought he committed suicide to avoid the commercialization of his image. Heh heh, sucker. Coward, too. But some of the songs he ripped off from Lead Belly were okay.

  3. John

    People are giving Cobain way, way too much credit here. Countless public figures are used in far more “insulting” ways who actually died an honorable death. If he really wanted to control his commercialization actually being around to do so would have made a helluva lot more sense, so falling for that martyrdom crap is just stupid. i loved Nirvana songs, but if anyone thinks they(or Love for that matter, heh) would have the reputation they do today if he hadn’t killed himself is delusional.

    Someone mentioned Hungry Like the Wolf, and setting aside all personal taste Duran Duran easily tops Nirvana in virtually everyway. Toss any actual musician into the role of Britney and yeah it’s a slap in the face, but most legitimate bands can claim far more integrity than Cobain.

  4. Galtacticus

    I’ve seen the video and i think it’s even not that bad.

  5. Theorem

    If Kurt saw this he’d probably shoot himse…..oh…

  6. EricLR

    Nirvana was overrated crap anyway. Just when metal was starting to get political and saying something, MTV brings in Grunge, with its meaningless lyrics and faux-rebellious pretension. Goodbye Anthrax and Public Enemy, hello radio-friendly garbage made by bands who only LOOK controversial.

  7. Rhialto

    Who cares? Ending up in a game isn’t the most gracious way anyway.

  8. Darth

    It’s a good publicity stunt too.Do the new generations know him?

  9. Racer X

    Guitar Hero is for idiots who like to play Simon Says on a guitar.

    /Milk It baby!!!
    //loves Nirvava

  10. Guitar Hero sucks. It sucked before this, and it fucking sucks now.

  11. titsonsnack

    “Frances gets no money for the rape”.
    Why is this sentence completely ridiculous to me?
    Whatever. I loved Nirvana, was a huge fan, thought Kurt was awesome, had all their music and rare tapes, remember the day he died, recognized him for the musical genius he was… But I’m a grownup now and upon further reflection Kurt was also just a pissy fucking heroin junkie who didn’t really do much for the world or anybody but himself and would rather shoot smack and chainsmoke broodingly than raise his baby or do anything of any real value for himself. I used to hate Courtney Love and rage against the murder of Kurt, and now I just don’t care. Courtney’s a batshit bitch who probably killed him, but they were both just a couple of druggie assholes.

  12. Ken

    Frankly I don’t really see the negative side to this. So Kurt Cobain / Nirvana / Rock fan gets to unlock him and have him as a playable character… oh the horror. Again, we’re talking MUSIC FANS. Those same fans who’s purchases will heap upon oodles of cash in royalties to the likes of Love, Grohl, until they die. Musicians are really an odd bunch.

  13. dude

    Why did they even put Cobain in Guitar Hero anyway? He was basically a suckass retard in his axing skills. It’s part of what made his music so appealing–it was heavy and bangy and angry but lacked those boring gay redundant hair-metal guitar solos that made the other Seattle bands, shall we say, less-than-stellar (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains…).

    Fuck, and while we’re at it, why put Johnny motherfucking Cash in there? His awesomeness didn’t come from his guitar, he just strummed along with the melody like a weenie. What made him a badass was the fact that he was a gruff-voiced country outsider who wrote songs about beer drinking and ass kicking, instead of some snap-pearl weary wannabe cowboy fag.

    It looks like game makers are just cycling through dead musicians not because they offer some kind of innovation to the game, but to suck in these 13-year-old fuckers who can’t name a Nirvana song other that “Teen Spirit” or know more than one line of “Folsom Prison Blues” (“Shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”? Duuuuuude that’s like so gangsta like omg lolz wtf) but still worship them because it’s the cool thing to do. Check out my GG Alin shirt! Isn’t it so, like, retro? Wait, what? He ate his own shit and sang songs about raping children?

    I bet they put Biggie Smalls or Heath fucking Ledger in Guitar Hero 6.

    Ah, what the fuck am I saying? It’s a goddamn fucking video game.

  14. eatmypisstroller

    kurt killed himself because he was jealous that the the foo fighters were better than his band. One listen to “monkey wrench” and we was like “F me, how’mi ever going to top that rawking tune?”

    Dave Grohan and Foo Fighters is my personal hero since high school. First i grew my hair out and learned drum playing, then I learned how rawk the mic, jus like dave grohan, my hero since i was in high school.

    How many good nirvana songs are there? exactly 3:in bloom, smeels like teen spirit and and plush.

    funny when people have a comment on cobain and weren’t even there cause they are only 16, or when they do have a comment on cobain and are only 16 are not there cause they were only 16, and so couldn’t have been there (you do the math (16-13=3)).

    kurt spoke to a generation of high-school dropouts, drug users and homosexuals, so only they should be allowed to comment.

  15. Oh well, he could never play guitar anyway. Thanks to video games, he can do more than he was ever capable of in life.

    Lack of skill seems to be what people are looking for today. How else do you explain the success of Good Charlotte? Nobody wants to be challenged. If you can learn to play it in less than 8 seconds, it must be the best song ever.

    I don’t understand why “Teen Spirit” is more popular than their other songs. It’s muck.

    Still, Courtney didn’t have to murder him, and she shouldn’t have planned the WTC attacks either.

  16. Pickens

    @ Chickenhead:

    Dude I wanna play some Simon so freakin badly now.

  17. I hate stoooooooopid people

    @58: The Foo Fighters were a result of Dave Grohl’s effort to cope with Cobain’s death. The band started with just Grohl playing all the instruments on the first Foo album. I assume you’re not a completely illiterate buttmunch as you’re portraying yourself to be on this stupid website, so find an interview or two on YouTube on the Foo’s website.

    For God’s sake, if the man is your hero, learn to spell his name already, you pinhead. It’s not Grohan. It’s Grohl. G-R-O-H-L.

    If you play the drums I hope to God you’re a better drummer than a speller, writer or a goddamned storyteller. Cause you need to get your facts straight, dipshit. You could have a hundred lifetime’s worth of lessons, but you’ll never measure up to T. Hawk as the Foo’s drummer.

  18. spookyben

    It’s not like they have a drop-down with a double barrell shotgun.

  19. bugs

    He looks great, sort of like a fuzzy bunny in that sweater.

  20. Got some damn creepy teeth in that main pic. Can you make him play Malmsteen?

  21. m??n

    zhe haz
    no idea
    whatz
    zhez in 4/
    4 killin my kurt…
    ztupidbitch..//

  22. Stuffoo

    Yeah, how dare they not pay Courtney for something that has nothing to do with her talentless ass try to keep his legacy alive in any way and do something for his fans.

  23. for the lulz

    Well he did sing “rape me” so didnt he get what he wanted?

  24. I call 'em as I see 'em

    # 36- perfectly stated!
    # 64, I agree about those freakin’ choppers, man- he looks like a carved pumpkin.

    And what makes me think that Courtney knows that there’s no such thing as bad publicity? Hummm……

  25. ehhshitballs

    to quote, Ken – September 11, 2009 6:59 PM

    “Frankly I don’t really see the negative side to this. So Kurt Cobain / Nirvana / Rock fan gets to unlock him and have him as a playable character… oh the horror. Again, we’re talking MUSIC FANS. Those same fans who’s purchases will heap upon oodles of cash in royalties to the likes of Love, Grohl, until they die. Musicians are really an odd bunch.”

    A: Yes, musicians are an odd bunch. That’s why we play music rather than work at Staples, because we’re disturbed.

    B: Maybe, just maybe not everyone who writes a personal song from their heart doesn’t want to cash it in, but rather, would like to keep the art of music sacred to some degree for purely the joy of writing & playing it. Some “artists” don’t give a fuck, like Snoop Dog, but some actually take music and their legacy seriously…

  26. i think that krist and dave are right, it is wrong to see a avitar of kur, being able to play as him and playing other peoples songs is a little fucked up! but at the same time i think it’s about time people are starting to reconize kurt after 15 loong fucking years, into games, and even the bitch courten was thinking of making a movie of kurt, if it is done, charles l cross should be one of the producers. because he really knew alot about kurt, so he would have a good idea of how kur(the actor) should respond in the movie to make it seem more like kurt, if you know what i mean? well overall in personal opinion, i think its awesome kurt’s on guitar hero, jus what krist and dave said about singing other artists songs, is probably dissturbing for them to see that, probably thinking he should only play his nirvana songs on guitar hero.

  27. J

    And now the Muppets are? Give me a break!
    SHE IS “RAPING” him and exploiting every ounce of dignity left of the man’s memory. What a true disgrace she is. I certainly hope she either gets some serious help or dies.

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