Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chemical Talent

I recently read in Rolling Stone magazine that Activision has confirmed that Kurt Cobain will be a playable character in the new Guitar Hero game. Shame on them! Not only is it generally in poor taste that you can play as him but that you can have him play other songs. I can only stand to think Mr. Cobain is rolling over in his grave. His widow on the other hand has cleverly flip flopped on her feelings about this. Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Activision has stated that Love had signed off on this idea and gave Activision the green light to use Cobain's image. Of course she made sure she had her coke covered hand in all of the "creative" process. Maybe Tim Riley didn't say it in so many words, but it is certainly said she helped in creation of the facsimile of Cobain by providing them with photos and videos. Also she hand picked the look of the avatar's hair and clothes. However she has now gone on twitter to state that she never signed off on the avatar and called it "necropheliac." (Someone get this woman a dictionary, PLEASE!) She tried to blame Dave Grohl for this and said he is a "bad seed." This just made me laugh. Dave Grohl on the other hand released a statement saying that he was aware of Kurt's image being used in the game but did not know it was an un-lockable character and could be used with any kind of song the player wants. He asked that Activision do the right thing and re-lock the character.

If Kurt Cobain were alive today do you really think he would ever have even allowed Activision to use his image at all, let alone songs? I don't believe that Cobain would even like the game nor allow them to use his image. Maybe I'm just being redundant but these people are fucking with a dead man's livelihood. In his life Cobain strived to separate himself from conformity and already felt that he was misunderstood, do we really want to do this in his memory? I'm curious about how other people feel about this, please give me your thoughts.


  1. No I just didn't think anyone was reading so I just started writing everything in a notebook.