Kurt Cobain's tragic death on 5 April 1994 gives us an opportunity to remember how his creativity provided a soundtrack that inspired a generation.
Here are 8 ways to do it Kurt Cobain style:
1. 20 MINUTE LOUNGE MOSH
Blow the dust off your CD player and rescue your copy of Never Mind (the one with the swimming baby on the front). Select track one, put it on repeat and turn it up to the setting that says LOUDER THAN HELL (careful kids that's quite loud) and start moshing. BTW here's an awesome live version that gives you a sense of the energy.
2. MACARONI MAYHEM
Treat your yourself to a bowl of Kurt Cobain's favourite snack. Yes it's not all sex and drugs you know.
3. UNLEASH THE PISTOLS
Cobain reportedly wrote an entry in his journal that described the Sex Pistols as more important than The Clash. I'm simply not qualified to make that call. But then I'm not the front man of a band that created a new genre. Fact. So when you're 'teen spirited' out from lounge moshing, give yourself a new lease of life with some British Punk. Let's get really angry.
4. UNLEASH AN ACTUAL PISTOL
What better way to spend your spare time than to pop to the local friendly butcher, buy some big chunks of meat and take them to the woods so you can shoot at them. This was apparently one of Kurt's favoured activities. Beef or lamb sir?
5. 7UP BOMBING
Kurt told a reporter that when he was six, he used to fill empty cans of 7UP with pebbles and throw them at police cars. I don't know about you, but this sounds kinda fun. Fire in the hole!
6. FRENCH KISS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Which of course would be easy if your lucky enough to know that your best friend is your lifelong partner. A little trickier though if you're straight, on live TV (Saturday Night Live) and the lucky one is the bass player in your band. Right wing christian America were outraged and if that's not a good enough reason I don't know what is. Pucker up.
7. A NAKED LUNCH
One of Cobain's most prized possessions was a signed first edition of an important piece of American Literature, Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. It's full of bad language and talks a lot about drugs. Yes I bought it too.
"Western man is externalizing himself in the form of gadgets.” William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch
Warning: it's not the easiest of reads.
8. PUBLIC DECLARATION OF YOUR PARTNER'S PROWESS IN BED
A few seconds before playing live on the British cult-TV show The Word, Kurt declared, “Courtney Love, the lead singer of the sensational pop group Hole, is the best fuck in the world.” For that we salute you both. I'd love to be fly on the wall of your next family dinner.
We leave you with one of his lyrics "really ain't no use in hanging' around." RIP KC 20 February 1967- 8 April 1994
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