Courtney Love Says Muppets 'Raped' Nirvana

artist: courtney love date: 03/14/2012 category: general music news
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Courtney Love Says Muppets 'Raped' Nirvana
It's not often that The Muppets are accused of being rapists, but when Courtney Love goes on tape, anything can happen. This week, Love alleged that Disney and the Muppets "raped" the memory of her late husband Kurt Cobain when they covered "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the new Muppets movie. The quirky characters sang the song in a barbershop quartet style in a scene with Jack Black, as seen in the player below. Love claims she is personally responsible for deciding when and where Nirvana songs are used commercially, and says she never gave permission for the song to appear in the kids movie. But this isn't true, according to TMZ. It is believed that Love sold half her rights to the Nirvana catalog to Primary Wave Music, a licensing company who have the exclusive rights to distribute Nirvana songs. The licensing company secured permission from Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic and approved the song for use by the Muppets. Grohl clearly approves, as he also appears in the movie. At least Love and her daughter Francis Bean Cobain will be paid a cut of the soundtrack profits. Watch a clip of the song in the movie below. It's not great quality, and the audio cuts out by the second half, but it gives some context to how the song was used. Maybe Love missed the line where Jack Black cries "you're ruining one of the greatest songs of all time!"
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