In a display of grunge ideals long presumed smothered to death by silicon and Prada handbags, Courtney Love has taken to her Twitter account to threaten revenge on Activision for the company's use of her deceased husband in Guitar Hero 5.
"For the record this Guitar Hero shit is breach of contract on a Bullys part and there will be a proper addressing of this and retraction," Love wrote in a moment of rage-induced lucidity.
"WE are going to sue the shit out of ACtivision we being the Trust the Estate the LLC the various LLCs Cobain Enterprises," the former Hole frontwoman added later.
Since then, she has spent hours responding to fans on the issue in her typical endearingly scatter-shot stream-of-consciousness text blocks.
Growing up in the Northwest during the late 80s and early 90s, I've got that kind of special affection for the nihilistic, cynical ideals for which Kurt Cobain was -- and is possibly even moreso in death -- emblematic. Seeing Activision stuff his likeness into GH5 just to sell more fake plastic guitars simply reeks of the kind of stereotypical evil that the company is regularly accused of.
Up until reading this I'd assumed Love had signed off on the use of Cobain's likeness in the game. After all, the woman has acquired a taste for Dolce Gabbana and you can't exactly swing down to the nearest Red Light and pick up a vintage DG gown for $30. Indeed, the use of "breach of contract" implies that there was some sort of contract between the Cobain estate (i.e., Love) and Activision.
Reading her Twitter rant however, makes me feel a bit better. There's just something so appropriately disgusting about the idea of Activision metaphorically robbing graves in pursuit of the almighty dollar, and Love's words inspire a sort of nostalgic hope for twentysomethings living within my region of the I-5 corridor that maybe the ideals we grew up with didn't die with the premier of The Real World: Miami.
(Via Perez Hilton)