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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Kurt Cobain/Ren & Stimpy Connection: Bullshit or Not Bullshit?

Posted by on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I was listening to an episode of the Nerdist podcast today that featured voice actor Billy West (Ren & Stimpy, Futurama, Space Jam, etc.), and in it, he recounted a story from the halcyon days of the early '90s that sounds like horseshit:

"One day this scraggly kid came in [to the Spümcø offices] and said he wanted to write a song for Ren & Stimpy, and they said, 'Yeah, that's great,' and they threw it in the waste basket, and it was Kurt Cobain."

The Spümcø-produced episodes of Ren & Stimpy ran from 1991-1993, and premiered in August of '91. In order for West's story to be legit, the cartoon had to have been on the air long enough for Kurt to have seen it and liked it, so at the earliest, this tall-seeming tale takes place in late '91. Nevermind was recorded in California in the Spring and early Summer of '91, and it follows that afterward, Cobain would ostensibly have been something of an itinerant soul, spending more time outside the Northwest on tours and what-have-you, so theoretically, Cobain very could have poked his head in to the Spümcø offices during an LA visit at some point in the very early '90s. I dunno. West tells some other dubious stories (e.g. that he toured with Jonathan Richman), but it turns out his claim that he played lead guitar for Brian Wilson—and even appeared with him on Letterman—is actually totally true, so who knows.

Can anyone confirm or debunk? Is this a widely known anecdote or urban legend that I am just hearing for the first time?

Anyway, here's German "Space Madness." Bitte!


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I've no idea... but if any cartoon, it would have been that one. Unhinged genius!
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