Kurt Cobain Gets Mickey Mouse'd

Up top is a Mickey Mouse figurine currently for sale that, thanks to the lefty guitar and sunglasses style, has a resemblance to a certain iconic frontman. Disney just can’t help themselves, can they? Can’t help but wonder if this is the kind of thing Frances Bean now controls. Grunge Rock Mickey — yup — can be found on eBay.

Comments (16)
  1. Never would have made the Cobain connection without being told

    • Seriously. Cobain wore white sunglasses for a famous photo shoot but he wasn’t known for them at the time. I would have sooner have guessed that this supposed to be Mickey Michel Polnareff.

  2. Michael_  |   Posted on May 11th, 2012 +6

    There’s always the assumption that some evil men dressed in expensive Italian suits and terrible hair whose pockets are filled with $100 bills are sitting in an office evilly plotting how to exploit sub-culture for financial gain with these ideas when let’s be honest: The person who designed this sculpture is probably some young indie music fan who could very well be commenting on Stereogum as we speak and who uses his or her art talents to pay for the bills, then goes home at night and works on the art he or she is really interested in. They probably made this figurine knowing their higher ups would have no clue Mickey was rocking Kurt Cobain sunglasses, and then had a laugh with his or friends friends about how he or she successfully planted the easter egg in their merch line.

    • Whoa, did you design this?

      • Michael_  |   Posted on May 11th, 2012 0

        No, but it happens. Just look at the Stereogum staff for example — All of the writers here don’t just write about “cool, hip” music all day and kinda-sorta compromise their talents for a paycheck in other publications (not to say that what they write about elsewhere isn’t interesting, but it may require them to watch a reality show they otherwise would not have.) Another example is if the eMusic video ad pops up on the right during your Stereogum visits, give it a watch. In it, ‘Gum’s own Amrit takes part in a roundtable discussion alongside other bloggers — some credible like he and the guy from BrooklynVegan and others mostly not like some chick who runs a Lady Gaga fansite. I’m sure she had no idea who he was talking about when he name-checked Tanlines. But hey, it was a paycheck. If you can find a way to do what you enjoy by infiltrating the system from within, more power to you.

    • This kind of sounds like a confession. Are you perhaps designing alternative music/Disney mashup products as your day job? If so can I see Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby as the Pixies?

  3. The sad thing is Minnie Mouse has become a substance abusing, cosmetic surgery disaster who has become estranged from Pluto.

  4. I thought about this way too long for not having included it, but who would this be, if we’re using our imagination? Jim Morrison? Exploiting sub-culture for financial gain evil syndicate, consider this my audition.
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  5. hey guys, i love the “news” here at stereogum

  6. Woah, I didn’t realize that was Mickey and not Kurt until I read the article.

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