It's surprising they made it as long as they did, really, so expecting anything beyond one more album (if that) would be pushing it.
What about Courtney Love? Does the marriage survive if her husband does? According to police reports about Cobain's suicide ...
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Or "suicide," depending on whom you ask.
... there was another "suicide note" that Courtney Love found at the scene of Cobain's famous overdose in Rome a month before he died. In her own words, she says it mentions a divorce. She eventually burned it. Nothing suspicious about that!
Anyway, so now Kurt Cobain's happily divorced from almost everyone in his life ... except not happily, right? Kurt Cobain hates divorce. The first song on In Utero, the follow-up album to the one that made them so very famous, is all about how he's tired of talking about the fact that his parents got divorced when he was young.
You don't have to record a song like that if you didn't spend the months leading up to it talking a lot about how much your parents' divorce ruined your life. There's no doubt he would have made more music as a solo artist, and when you take into account that he had a child to think of by that point, it's a solid bet that some of that music would have centered around his fears about becoming the thing he hated most, which was a dad who left his kid. That would only be when he wasn't singing about drugs, of course, because that's definitely a problem he was going to have to address at some point if he was going to live much longer. He also had that weird stomach ailment that a series of doctors were never able to adequately explain, so you'd expect some of that to influence his writing as well. In other words, he'd be Eminem.
My friend and shoe Brett Rader gets credit for suggesting the idea first, but don't take that to mean it's completely insane. Eminem and Kurt Cobain are both "voice of a generation"-types who inspire people to do (sometimes awful) things. Both have daughters with seemingly insane women. Both have nearly debilitating drug habits. Both talk at length about how their relationship with their parents negatively impacted their lives. They've both talked about weird physical ailments at one point or another.
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"Munchausen syndrome, thanks for asking!"
Kurt Cobain was also great at getting into public disputes with fellow musicians, which is an act Eminem literally described as what he does when he dedicated an entire song to yelling at Mariah Carey on his Relapse album.
Is it that outlandish to think that a bunch of solo albums of varying quality, a series of public feuds with assorted enemies including the mother of his child, lots of relapsing into drug addiction (along with lots of songs about it), and a lifetime spent fighting the fear that he might be exactly like his parents would have also been Kurt Cobain's story for all these years, if only he was around a bit longer? Not really, and even if so, it's way less depressing than thinking about the fact that he died with a gun in his mouth at the age of 27 instead.
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