Nirvana Fans Furious About Chili Peppers Video

Tags: Nirvana - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Kurt Cobain - Beatles - Sex Pistols - Anthony Kiedis - Tony Kaye - Dave Grohl - Flea

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Nirvana fans are furious because they believe the new Red Hot Chili Peppers music video featuring a parody of late Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain is disrespectful. In the video for DANI CALIFORNIA, the group dresses up like members of famous bands including THE Beatles and THE Sex Pistols. In one segment Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis appears as a sullen Kurt Cobain, with a candle extinguishing before him. The video's director, Tony Kaye, claims the band wanted to make sure no one was offended by the clip and even got permission from Nirvana's ex-drummer, Dave Grohl. He explains, "It was a big concern of (Chili Peppers bassist) Flea's. "Flea asked Dave Grohl if it was okay. Dave said yeah, Nirvana was about having fun."


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I totally agree with Hutch. I am a Nirvana fan and I'm not offended by the video at all. I think it's very respectful. Anthony may look sullen in his portrayal of Kurt, but that's exactly how Kurt looked when Nirvana did Unplugged. The lyrics at that point go like this: "Down in the bad lands she was savin' the best for last, it only hurts when I laugh, gone too fast" and then the candle goes out. I think this is a very sweet comment on how Kurt's life was snuffed out too fast. Come on Nirvana fans. This is a tribute to Kurt, not an insult.
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Fans of Nirvana shouldn't take offense to this. The Chili Pepper's are fans of Nirvana and in any sense, they appreciated Kurt Cobain and Nirvana's music.Personally, I don't see this as a negative expression. The video was meant to show a history of Rock and Roll and while the other impersonations may have seemed somewhat more comical (80's hair and make-up? Looking back, you gotta laugh), the Nirvana segment was hardly chuckle-worthy.I respect Kurt Cobain and the world may forever mourn his loss, and his tragic view on life. As long as fans express their appreciation, from putting a poster up on their own wall to imitation, the bottom line is that Kurt Cobain has made an impression, and as long as it isn't a blatant and purposely negative attack on his memory, fans should support it, or at least not be quick to dismiss it without looking at it from different perspectives.A unnecessarily long comment? Maybe. But I like Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and I don't like unnecessary sh**.
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