- [?] Rape Me
- [?] tourette's
- [?] others?
On September 8th, Kurt Cobain received a day-pass from
Exodus Recovery Centre to rehearse with NIRVANA for the 1992 MTV Video Music
There were doubts whether Cobain could, or should, play an awards show
in his state of health but, with pressure from his management, Cobain chose to
go ahead with the show.
He hated going to awards shows, says
manager, Danny Goldberg,
and he didn't always like being recognized, but
he worked very hard to get nominated for those awards, and he worked very
hard to be recognized. (1)
Controversy erupted on the first day of rehearsals, when Cobain
announced that he intended to play a new song.
He was all excited about
it, and acted like it was a gift, remembers MTV's Amy Finnerty. Much to
the horror of the network's executives, who had expected to hear Smells Like Teen
Spirit, the band cranked out Rape Me. (1)
Finnerty was immediately pulled into a production trailer, where she was
lectured by her bosses about the band's song choice: They thought, Rape Me
was about MTV!
Oh, come on, Finnerty protested.
assure you that he didn't write the song for or about us. Cobain
had written the song back in early 1991, but by 1992 it had
also come to represent a more personal metaphor for how he felt treated by the
media, his managers, his bandmates and MTV (as the MTV executives had astutely
A battle of wills began between MTV brass and Cobain, with Finnerty and
Gold Mountain acting as go-betweens. MTV threatened to pull NIRVANA from
the show and stop playing their videos; Cobain said that was fine.
Then the network upped the ante and threatened to stop playing videos by other
artists managed by Gold Mountain. Cobain eventually reconsidered his song
choice, but only after being told that Finnerty would be fired if the
band performed Rape Me. (1)
- Cross, Charles, R., 2001. Heavier Than Heaven. Hodder & Stoughton, London. ↑