September marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s “In Utero” album – the final album released by the band before lead-singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide on April 5th, 1994. The event seems to be a prime opportunity for family to cash in on the dead singer’s legacy. His mother, Wendy O’Connor, is selling the childhood home of the grunge icon, complete with his dirty-ass mattress, for a mere $500,000.
In this market, a half-million dollar home isn’t all that absurd of a price. What is absurd about the asking amount though is the seriously uneven evaluation of the property. When the home was last assessed, it clocked in at a simple $67,000. It’s reportedly in a struggling former timber town, with little else around it other than a park that was dedicated to his memory some time ago.
According to author Charles R. Cross and his Cobain biography, “Heavier Than Heaven,” kid-Kurt lived in about 20 different houses in his lifetime. This particular home housed Cobain from the ages of 2 to 9, and again in his later teen years after his parents hit splitsville in 1976. The words “Iron Maiden” and “Led Zeppelin” were apparently scrawled on the walls of one of the bedrooms by the late musician, and still remain.
In an interview, Cross has said:
It's a place where he had very fond memories, but it's the house where his parents got divorced. He couldn't wait to get away, but it's a place that helped shape who he became.
Far be it from us to pass illogical judgment on anything, but $500,000 for a run-down home that helped shape a man into a sniveling little sellout who left his infant daughter on the planet fatherless in the bumbling hands of Courtney Love?* Sorry Washington real estate, we’ll pass.
*Even though they’re completely accurate, these views reflect the opinion of the author of this blog post and no one else in, around or tied to The Rooster Magazine in any way. But seriously, Kurt was a cock.