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Kurt Cobain back on stage in 'Guitar Hero 5'

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Fred Astaire danced with one Dirt Devil, and before you knew it, marketing folks were reanimating corpses faster that you could say "Herbert West." Now, it's Gen X's turn to cry foul, as Activision announces that Kurt Cobain will be a playable character in Guitar Hero 5. If you watch the video below, you'll see it's really not as weird as it sounds, but you can't blame fans who feel it's an awkward fit for such an icon of anti-consumerism. Some would argue Activision long since crossed this bridge by including Jimi Hendrix in Guitar Hero, but there's a big difference between reviving an epic showman like Hendrix and trotting out a moody introvert who devoted much of his suicide note to his disinterest in performing: "The worst crime I can think of would be to rip people off by faking it and pretending as if I'm having 100% fun. Sometimes I feel as if I should have a punch-in time clock before I walk out on stage." His fears of music as a mindless job might not have been far off, since he'll now have to end every show with a performance review. UPDATE: Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, is apparently alleging breach of contract over this and plans to sue Activision.

—Posted by David Griner

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