Whoa, whoa, whoa… what in the hell is Kurt Cobain doing on a list of the most cliched rock stars? After all, wasn’t Cobain’s whole thing not
being a rock star? Well yeah, and that’s why he’s on this list. Because, like Thom Yorke, at some point trying so hard to not be a rock star is just as clichéd as actually being one. But beyond that image, if you really think about it, how was Cobain really that different than anyone else on this list? He carefully cultivated an image that became larger than life, an image that was the personification of an entire rock movement, an entire decade. And then there was the lifestyle. Really, how was Cobain all that different from, say, Sid Vicious? He had a famous and tumultuous relationship with Courtney Love, who herself almost worshipped Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. It almost seemed like Kurt and Courtney were creepily trying to emulate the story of Sid and Nancy. And the whole time, Kurt was swimming in the deep end of that most clichéd of rock-star clichés – the heroin addiction. And then when it all became too much for him, he did the most rock star thing of all and blew his own head off. Say what you will about Kurt Cobain, but you simply cannot argue with the facts and the facts are that Kurt Cobain was, ironically, one of the most clichéd rock stars of all.
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