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After Seventeen Years, We Still Miss Kurt Cobain

It’s not really an exaggeration to say hearing the news of Kurt Cobain‘s death is the Generation X version of “Where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot?” Personally, I was in my living room watching MTV like I did every day after school my sophomore year of high school and watched Kurt Loder deliver the news, presumably right as it was released to the public. As a fifteen-year-old who was obsessed with alternative music, corduroy, and used cardigans, I was Cobain’s demographic and the news stung.

Today marks the seventeenth (!) anniversary of Cobain’s death and in his honor, we dug up some clips from the week that he passed away. It’s some serious MTV nostalgia, and it still gives us chills to watch. In the clip above, watch as Loder delivers the shocking news of Cobain’s death. After the jump you can watch additional extended footage from MTV News (God, I miss the Week In Rock) with reaction from Henry Rollins, a clip of Courtney Love tearfully reading portions of Cobain’s suicide note to his fans, and the NBC Nightly News report from the night of his death.

R.I.P.

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Taylor Momsen Is Anti-Pants, Pro-Kurt Cobain

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It’s official: Kurt Cobain is still more beloved by the late-teen, tortured soul demographic than any other pop icon. Miley Cyrus called the Cobain her “dream boyfriend,” and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Taylor Momsen said “I wanna be Kurt Cobain,” despite the fact that she’s often compared to his widow, Courtney Love.

Momsen, who fronts the band Pretty Reckless, scoffs at being likened to Love, saying “Everyone always compares me to Courtney Love because they think we like dress the same and we both have blond hair, wear lipstick and dresses. But I’m sorry, don’t a lot of girls dress like that? I look at Nirvana. I don’t look at Hole.” Fair enough, but not every girl is the lead singer in a rock band, wears ripped tights, and is more famous for their acting career and often crazy sound bites than for their music. Touché?

In the interview, Momsen also explains why her legs are always visible. “ I don’t really like pants, man. I like tights. I’m not really a pants person. I choose not to wear pants.” Well, at least that’s something we can’t argue with.

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Report: Courtney Love Wants RPattz For Kurt Cobain Biopic

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In news that’s surely going to annoy Miley Cyrus, Robert Pattinson is supposedly in talks to portray Kurt Cobain in a biopic about the Nirvana musician. (As you know by now, Miley is too deep for frivolous crap like Twilight, but she lusts for Kurt Cobain.)

Radar Online reports that Pattinson is chatting with Courtney Love about possibly playing the role for a film tentatively titled All Apologies. A source says, “Robert has been calling and emailing her non-stop… she has been a bit wound up by his manners, but he is her number one choice to play Kurt.”

While we don’t exactly see a resemblance, we can imagine that Pattinson knows a thing or two about the pitfalls of uncontrollable fame and might actually be a good choice for the part. The question remains though, who will play Love? Will she demand to play herself just so she’ll get to make out with RPattz? Can’t really blame her if she does.

Update: Courtney Love’s manager Jonathan Daniel is calling B.S. on Radar’s claim: “That’s an amazing story, and the first I’ve heard of any of this,” he tells Spin. As for Courtney’s RPattz infatuation? “I’m not sure she knows who R Patz is,” quips Daniel. “But he sure is cute.”

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Frances Bean’s “Suicidal 16″ Party

Although Frances Bean Cobain‘s father Kurt Cobain tragically killed himself when she was only two years old, 14 years later Frances decided to have a “Suicidal 16″ party for her Sweet 16. Frances held her “death of childhood” party at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, and the band Mindless Self Indulgence played. In an email Frances allegedly sent to her pals, the only child of Nirvana’s frontman commanded that guests “must be wearing black or red or you will not be allowed in.” At least Frances had a strict drug code, warning her underage friends, “Your bags will be searched at the door. not my rules, but it is the house of blues’ rules. so don’t be stupid and try to bring shit it. do it b4 you get into the party if you have to and try to be stealth!” The suicidal soiree allegedly cost Frances’ mother Courtney Love over $300,000 and Courtney reportedly wore the dress that Angelica Huston wore in the creepy comedy, The Addams Family.

Check out Frances’ alleged invitation to her party and the gallery of photos posted on her MySpace.
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#17: Kurt Cobain Commits Suicide

Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain charmed the world with his mopey outlook and striped t-shirts. It was a brief romance. Fans barely had time to memorize the lyrics on Nirvana’s third album before Cobain checked out, killing himself with a 20-gauge shotgun blast.

Conspiracy theories abounded. Was he moved to suicide by some bad heroin? Was he murdered? Skeptics pointed to facts such as the massive amount of heroin in Cobain’s system, which would have sapped him of the strength to pull a trigger. Handwriting experts also scrutinized the suicide note to see if Cobain really had written it.

Only the angels Cobain now sleeps with know the answer, and we have it on good authority that they’re Neil Sedaka fans. So while Cobain tunes his harp to “Laughter in the Rain,” we’re left with pondering the continuing spectacle of Eddie Vedder and the continuing decline of Courtney “Time for another box set” Love. (She’s said to have sold 25% of her interest in the back catalog for “an undisclosed sum”). Oh, what Nevermind hath wrought. — Charles Bottomley