Courtney Love says Kurt Cobain would be 'proud' over his Nirvana song being used in Succession


Courtney Love says Kurt Cobain would have been ‘proud’ over his Nirvana song being used in Succession


Courtney Love has said that her late husband Kurt Cobain would have been ‘proud’ over the use of his song in the latest episode of Succession. 

The controversially titled ‘Rape Me’ – from Nirvana’s 1993 album In Utero – featured in the third episode of season three, titled ‘The Disruption,’ during a shocking moment with actress Sarah Snook. 

In a now expired Instagram Story post, Cobain’s widow wrote: ‘I was in the room watching (agog) as this song was written in about an hour, and I’ve never been so proud of approving one of Kurt’s songs.’

Impressed: Courtney Love says Kurt Cobain would have been 'proud' over his Nirvana song being used in Succession (Pictured September this year)

Impressed: Courtney Love says Kurt Cobain would have been ‘proud’ over his Nirvana song being used in Succession (Pictured September this year) 

Going on to praise the HBO show makers for their choice of song in the scene, Love added: ‘this cue in @succession is as if they truly understood kc what he was screaming his heart out… without specifics… about. I’m sure wherever he is he’s proud of this.’

* SPOILERS AHEAD * 

In the dramatic scene, Snook’s character Siobhan ‘Shiv’ Roy is giving a speech to concerned Waystar Royco employees – who are concerned over the allegations of sexual abuse that took place in Waystar’s Parks and Cruises division. 

Shiv’s bid to calm the temperature in the company fails disastrously, when her wayward brother Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) sets her up for a fall. 

Dramatic scene: Above is the shocking moment in the episode that Nirvana's song Rape Me was used (actress Sarah Snook plays Shiv Roy)

Dramatic scene: Above is the shocking moment in the episode that Nirvana’s song Rape Me was used (actress Sarah Snook plays Shiv Roy) 

Mid-way through her talk, the sound of Cobain’s unmistakable vocals can be heard with him bellowing the line repeatedly, ‘Rape me / Rape me, my friend.’ 

Kendall had planned to sabotage Shiv’s moment in the spotlight by blaring the song from a number of speakers in the Waystar building, prompting her to storm off visibly upset. 

The choice of song was shockingly fitting, considering Shiv has been chosen by her father Logan Roy (Brian Cox) particularly as a female, to smooth over the company’s image as they scramble to deny the claims of systemic sexual abuse. 

Iconic: Love, Cobain, and their daughter Frances Bean at the 1993 MTV VMAs. Cobain committed suicide a year later on April 5, 1994.

Iconic: Love, Cobain, and their daughter Frances Bean at the 1993 MTV VMAs. Cobain committed suicide a year later on April 5, 1994.

In another dramatic moment, Shiv is later seen spitting in Kendall’s notebook – before she gets her ultimate revenge by releasing a damning statement on her brother’s mental health. 

Cobain’s song certainly has a controversial history. 

He reportedly wanted to play the track during their appearance at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, but the network felt it would cause too much of an uproar. 

The band would eventually play the song on Saturday Night Live in 1993. 

Cobain committed suicide a year later on April 5, 1994. 

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