Kurt Cobain Reaction

Kurt Cobain Reaction

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Updated Dec 05, 2014 at 06:42PM EST by Brad.

Added Sep 07, 2009 at 09:36PM EDT by Frketson.

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Kurt Cobain Reaction is a series of multi-pane image macros illustrating a brief exchange or dialogue between the lead singer of the American grunge rock band Nirvana and another subject designated by the author. Similar to other exploitable memes like Gaijin 4Koma and Zuckerberg Note Pass, each set in the series consists of four panels arranged in an alternating order and usually ends with the image of Cobain staring intently in distress.


The still-shots of Kurt Cobain playing the guitar on stage were taken from the video footage of Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged in New York[1] session, specifically during the band’s cover performance of “In The Pines” (shown below). Recorded and taped at Sony Studios in New York City on November 18th, 1993, Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged session was aired on December 14th, 1993, followed by the release of the live album on November 1st, 1994, only months after Cobain was found dead at his home in April that year. The video footage of the performance was eventually released on DVD on November 20th, 2007.

A few months prior to the DVD release, the earliest known multi-pane instance featuring Cobain’s face was posted on Steven Walley’s 4chan image blog[2] on August 20th, 2007. On November 9th, 2007, a four-pane image macro illustrating a humorous exchange between Cobain and a bear in a swimming pool was featured on SplatterBlog[5], followed by Idolator’s repost[6] of the same image a few days later on the 13th.


Throughout 2008, the “Kobain and Bear” instance continued to spread across 4chan, as well as other internet humor sites and personal blogs, including Ultimate Guitar forums[7], eBaumsworld[8], DragonFlyCave forums[9], TribalWar forums[10] and Penny Arcade[11], among many others.[12][13] On November 22nd, 2008, YouTuber Mitchelle Wade Cole uploaded a slideshow version of the original image macro with a voice narration of the captioned dialogue. By 2009, the meme had been featured on dozens of Tumblr[14] blogs, as well as on FunnyJunk[15] and Cheezburger.

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External References

[1]Wikipedia – MTV Unplugged

[2]Blogspot – SJW / Kurt Says What?

[3]Google Search – Search Results for Kurt Cobain Meme

[4]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Kurt Cobain

[5]Splatterblog – Kurt Cobain

[6]Idolator – Kurt Cobain and the Bear

[7]Ultimate Guitar Forums – "Kurt Cobain Meme, Post Em, DO IT":www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=757334

[8]eBaumsworld – Holy Shit, Is That Kurt Cobain?

[9]DragonFlyCave Forums – Kurt Cobain and a Bear

[10]TribalWar Forums – Is That Kurt Cobain

[11]Penny Arcade – OMG OK Cupid can go to hell

[12]Lachschon – Kurt Cobain

[13]Expat Korea Forums – The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain

[14]Tumblr – Tagged Results for Kurt Cobain

[15]FunnyJunk – Kurt Cobain with a Fucking Bear

[16]Cheezburger – Tagged Results for Kurt Cobain

[17]Newgrounds – Photoshop Kurt Cobain’s reaction

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