Suicide: Selfish ‘Choice’ or Unconscious Act of Desperation?

Robin williams good morning As you all know by now, the world lost Robin Williams, one of the most versatile, funny men in the entertainment industry. A man with more great movies under his belt than any other I can name. He was a legend, one I grew up with. The Birdcage and Mrs. Doubtfire are two of my favorite comedies of all time and Aladdin was my all-time favorite, most-sung Disney movie as a grade schooler. That’s one of the two questions people seem to be answering on their own when confronting the loss of such an icon…. Their favorite work of his, and then their thoughts in general on suicide.

Many celebrities have weighed in, most leaning heavily toward one side or the other. On one end, we have people who believe suicide to be the ultimate selfish act, and on the other, those who feel that it’s not a choice at all, but an act so desperate it’s committed without thought.

Gene Simmons: 

No, I don’t get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: “The world is a harsh place.” My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear fuck all about “the world as a harsh place.” She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, “I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.” Fuck you, then kill yourself.

I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, “That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to jump.”

Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.

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Lorde, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett Fronted Nirvana, then Courtney Love Hugged Dave Grohl

Courtney Love Dave Grohl hug The Rock and Roll Induction proceeded on Thursday in Brooklyn and that band calling themselves Nirvana stole the show. The most surprising moment wasn’t when Lorde got awkward with “All Apologies” or that Annie Clark from St. Vincent was the best of the worst weirdest with her vocal rendition of “Lithium” (better than Joan Jett and Kim Gordon on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Aneurysm”), it was when Courtney Love gave Dave Grohl a giant hug, thus (hopefully) squashing their horrendous feud.

Over the years, Love has sued Grohl (and Krist Novoselic) multiple times over copyright issues, called him an “asshole” and accusing him being ultra skeezy with Frances Bean, who was sadly absent from the ceremony and missed her mother’s heartwarming moment of sanity.

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Courtney Love on Howard Stern Highlights 5/30/13

Courtney Love Howard Stern 2013Regular Stern Show guest Courtney Love is one of Howard’s most fascinating interviews because she’s one of the last completely candid survivors of the grunge movement. She’s such an endless resource of drug and sex-related stories that transcribing nearly an hour of her comments on everything from money to her Sylvia Plath moment with Ted Nugent’s penis turkey neck didn’t bore me in the least.

The curse of the Nirvana money: “The Kurt money, the Nirvana money it’s like… the Nirvana money… and it’s being managed by other people and I just consider it cursed. So I prefer to make money that’s ‘the Courtney money.’

Krist and Dave’s share: “They own one half. The Nirvana LLC, which is t-shirts … Frances has 40% of the publishing money. Then I sold 25% and I had a really, really lousy lawyer. I don’t have to say his name so I don’t have to say ‘alleged.’ He was a f*ck. Lawyers tend to be f*cks, especially in L.A.”  Continue reading “Courtney Love on Howard Stern Highlights 5/30/13”

Courtney Love Covers ’99 Problems’ At Sundance

Courtney Love sundance 2013Courtney Love, never one to censor herself, covered Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” with most of the original lyrics (including the n-word) onstage in Park City, Utah during Sundance.

Before playing the song she said “It either sucks or it’s genius,” which could also apply to all the movies screened at Sundance.

And don’t even start to wonder if it’s okay for her to say the n-word. She’s a bitter, broke, equal opportunity, rock star. Not even equal, because her all her problems seem to involve throwing shade at her white peers and frenemies. Problems like:

1. Gwen Stefani and her husband:

His band never did that well but he is very, very smart. He runs the Gwen show, that’s him. He runs the clothing line, he f**king built that up, he has nothing else to do.  Continue reading “Courtney Love Covers ’99 Problems’ At Sundance”

Hey Lana Del Rey, Don’t Forget That ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ Is About Courtney Love’s Vagina

Courtney Love wants Lana Del Rey to stop singing about her vagina. And that’s exactly what Courtney thinks Lana was doing when she covered Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” at a concert in Sydney last Friday night.

Love, who is famous for her Twitter rants, took to the popular social media platform to tell Lana what’s up (the purpose of these Tweets are still not known to me or anyone else).

“You do know the song is about my Vagina right? ‘Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back umm… On top of which some of the lyrics about my vagina, I contributed.”  Continue reading “Hey Lana Del Rey, Don’t Forget That ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ Is About Courtney Love’s Vagina”

Kanye, Courtney, Axl – Biggest Concert Divas Of 2012

Courtney Love kicked off the festivities of awkward concert behavior at the Sao Paolo Music and Arts Festival in mid November when she screamed and stripped after a fan held up a photo of Kurt Cobain.

Fast forward to December and we hear that Tyler, The Creator vandalized a soundboard and incited a riot at the legendary Roxy on Sunset Blvd though he’s not headline-worthy in my mind.  Continue reading “Kanye, Courtney, Axl – Biggest Concert Divas Of 2012”

Hole Momentarily Reunites After Crazy Courtney Twitter Rant

During a special performance that followed a screening of the movie Hit So Hard (chronicling the life of Hole drummer Patty Schemel) Courtney Love joined Schemel, bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur and guitarist Eric Erlandson to sing “Miss World” and “Over The Edge.”

It was their first time (not Hole, but these particular members) playing together in thirteen years. This happened in Brooklyn at Public Assembly not long after an unusual amount of Courtney Love drama.

Her daughter announced in a statement that Love should be banned from Twitter because of an awkward string of messages involving concern over Frances Bean possibly having sex with Dave Grohl…

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What Would Kurt Cobain Be Doing Today? Courtney Love Takes A Guess

Last year Courtney Love gave Mark Yarm, author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History Of Grunge a few ideas of what could have happened if Kurt Cobain hadn’t committed suicide on yesterday’s date in 1994.

“We’d probably live on the Upper West fuckin’ Side now and have three fuckin’ kids, we might even have a divorce, like both be on our third marriage. I don’t fuckin’ know. He might be a playwright, [or have] his latest show in MoMA.”

“I’d have a 16-year-old son and be his model wife. Given the money that is involved here we could probably have had a fuckin’ yacht. We could have gone open marriage at some point…I don’t fuckin’ know.”  Continue reading “What Would Kurt Cobain Be Doing Today? Courtney Love Takes A Guess”

Courtney Love Evicted From NY Townhouse

Courtney Love, one of the most prevalent and raucous women in rock ‘n’ roll, is being evicted from her townhouse in New York for, well, for a million valid reasons.

1. She set the drapes on fire. (Via unattended candle)

2. She reportedly owes $54,000 in rent. (It’s four-story building that costs $27,000 a month)

3. She redecorated it without the building owner’s okay. (Donna Lyon told the NY Post, “Courtney has wallpapered and painted a large portion of the property without my consent”)

Lyon also mentioned that she didn’t even recognize the property after Love had taken it over. “I came to New York to see it and I was horrified by what she had done. The walls that had been hand-painted and glazed were ruined.”

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Courtney Love’s Marbles – Still Not Recovered

The Hole frontwoman became excruciatingly infuriated when she noticed a fan holding a picture of Kurt Cobain on the second day (November 13th) of Brazil’s SWU Music & Arts Festival.

Though the Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl were not present, Courtney started making random insulting comments about them. She actually walked off stage after she saw the photo, and had her replacement Hole member incite the crowd to chant “Foo Fighters are gay” in order to make her come back.

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Frances Bean Cobain is 19 Today, Poses For Rocky Schenck

Frances Cobain is famous for being a hermit or let’s say, she’s a normal person, to word it differently. She is not known for crazy celebrity antics or photo shoots or red carpet premieres.

She did, however, appear on Heidi Slimane’s website a few weeks ago, in some potentially iconic stills.

Apparently, she chooses her photo shoots and photographers quite meticulously. New photos of Frances have surfaced, this time they are by Rocky Schenck, esteemed music video director (Adele, Joni Mitchell, Alice In Chains) and photog.

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Would Kurt Cobain Be Proud of Frances Bean? …Probably

New photos of Frances Bean Cobain, the result of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s “Evian water/battery acid” relationship, as he called it, have surfaced. The photos come from Heidi Slimane’s “diary.” She’s looking quite, trashy chic? I guess they’d call it. She reminds me of Asia Argento, actually, in these photos.

I know we were all wondering what would happen to this girl after her father died and she was left with that bag of eccentricity, Courtney Love, who I happen to be a big fan of musically, and for comedy’s sake, and toughness. But the country was skeptical of Frances’ fate and what impact her father’s death would have on her, regardless of his or Courtney’s celebrity stigma.

Here she is though, Frances Bean Cobain, the goddaughter of both Drew Barrymore and Michael Stipe… a stunning combination of well, mostly Courtney, but there’s a little of the Cobain vulnerability shining through.