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"Smells like teen spirit"

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Given this title, I wanted to write about Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Myself, I don’t feel any kind of connection to grunge music, even though it’s the soundtrack of my teenage years. I find it hard to explain exactly what it is about grunge that I dislike, but it probably has something to do with the way it flirts with self-destruction, the air of world-weariness that it has about it.

So instead, I look at that statue. Death is a hood ornament, that’s what it says. You take a shotgun to yourself and you end up in a box underneath a stone and it has an angel on top of it that looks like something that someone stole from a Rolls Royce. No teenage angst rock idiom prepares you for the crudity and banality of death: the reserved cemetery plots, and the green hills with marble upholstery for people to rest their conscience on. Somewhere someone is writing about not understanding how to live, while someplace else someone is worrying about not being able to pay off a loan on a casket. And a new generation of teenagers grows up thinking that theirs is a new and unique pain, but undertakers see the same zit-riddled faces on their tables every year. Only the date on the monuments catalogue changes.

Text by: Wibo Kosters


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