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CMU Beef Of The Week #102: Courtney Love v The Muppets

By | Published on Friday 16 March 2012

Courtney Love

This story qualified for the Beef Of The Week the moment we heard of it via the guys at TMZ. Really, all you need to know is that Courtney Love has lashed out at The Muppets. I mean, really, what else do you want to know? Oh, except that Love said last week that The Muppets had “raped” the memory of Kurt Cobain.

But what did The Muppets do to elicit such a strong reaction? Well, they covered ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in a barbers shop quartet style in their latest movie. Although they did it in a slightly tongue in cheek manner – during the scene in question Jack Black shouts at said quartet that they’re “ruining one of the greatest songs of all time”. I quite like it.

Black’s disdain is as a character in a film though. Courtney Love is a real person, despite what you might believe. She also claims that the song was used in the film without her permission, which has only added to her anger. Not that anyone needed to seek her permission. The use of the track was approved by Primary Wave Music, a company founded in 2006 when it bought Love’s 50% stake in the publishing rights in Cobain’s catalogue. Permission was then also sought from Cobain’s former Nirvana bandmates, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, and Grohl also appears in the film.

So, basically everything’s fine and everyone’s happy. Except Courtney. Oh well. Below is a clip of the track, which you can listen to in full on Spotify here.