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Too good for this world: Kurt Cobain, singer with Nirvana, was found dead on Friday. Ben Thompson reviews a short life

AT MIDNIGHT on Friday, after the violence in Rwanda and before the end of the IRA ceasefire, a vaguely disdainful Radio 5 newsreader announces the death of Kurt Cobain. The lead singer of the rock group Nirvana, we are told, is thought to have shot himself. By cruel chance, the next scheduled programme is a discussion of what is wrong with pop music today.

Grunge rock superstar found shot dead

KURT COBAIN, the troubled lead- singer of the hugely popular Nirvana rock band was found shot dead at his home in the United States yesterday, plunging his millions of fans into mourning.

Grunge as usual

The rock star Kurt Cobain left a Rome hospital, where he had been recovering from a coma brought on by mixing sedatives with champagne, AP reports from Rome. The lead singer of the Nirvana grunge band is 'back to normal', a clinic official said.

How to lose friends without really noticing

I SAW him in the street, walking past me with his head down, and I knew instantly that it was him, even though I hadn't seen him for a while, even though all I got was a flash of nose, glasses, chin. For about a second. And then he was obscured by someone's overcoat. He hadn't seen me.

Fashion: Simple Colour

Sometimes you don't need more than this: it's a kind of a grunge summer look without the scruffiness. Most of the basic ingredients come cheaply and second- hand, but then there's a splash of ethnic colour from a wrapped sarong or a

Dedicated followers of fashion dress down

NEVER MIND the fashion shows. At the ready-to-wear collections in Paris, the audience (see left) is the thing, writes Roger Tredre. The shows present fantasy visions displayed on models with unnaturally long legs and slim waists. The women in the audience come in all shapes and sizes.

ROCK / Heavy on the relish: Alice in Chains - Town & Country

ALICE IN Chains are a full-on heavy metal act - they can't be satisfactorily laundered as 'grunge rock' on the strength of a rogue plaid shirt like the opening act, the Screaming Trees, or because they come from near Seattle. Alice in Chains have made their name by rocking hard and heavy. With only two albums in the bag, they've come on magnificently from being the perennially ignored support act playing doomy tunes from Facelift 200 times a year, to being America's latest stadium rock monsters playing doomy tunes from Facelift and the three million-selling album Dirt.

Jim White on Friday: Caught between a rocker and a hard case: When the king and queen of grunge took against two would-be biographers, things turned very nasty . . .

On October 1992, Victoria Clarke found the following message on her answering machine: 'At this point I don't give a flying fuck if I have this recorded that I'm threatening you. I suppose I could throw out a few thousand dollars to have you snuffed out, but maybe I'll try the legal way. First.'

Just hanging around: When he's not playing with Dinosaur Jr, J Mascis is famous for doing nothing. Marek Kohn attempts to rouse the mighty sloth

There are those for whom sloth is deadly sin, and there are those for whom it is an animal whose lifestyle they aspire to emulate. Common sense dictates that these correspond with the winners and losers in life's race: all the more perplexing, then,

CINEMA / So unfunny, it's disgusting

PSYCHO-KILLER - qu'est-ce que c'est? For an answer look no further than Man Bites Dog, a Belgian film which hustles us through the working day of Ben (Benoit Poelvoorde), a chatty young fellow with a DIY haircut and slightly crossed eyes. Ben enjoys a drink and a joke, keeps in touch with his family, picks up the cheque at dinner, writes poetry, plays the piano and admires the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and Gaud. But what he likes best of all - what he can't get enough of - is murdering people. The film isn't 10 seconds old before he's garrotting a woman in a railway compartment, and we look on helplessly as her trapped-bird contortions slow to a dead halt.

FASHION / Down, out and blasted

This is where we are: nowhere. The nowhere look. The nothing look. The look with no beginning and no end. The look that says: there is no look, so don't bother. And it is, of course, the only possible look, making the would- be elegant modesty of the pre- Christmas mid-calf skirts and built-up shoes seem dowdy and phony - the worst possible combination (except for glam and phony).

Fashion: See what crawled up from underground: It started with unmelodic tapes and sloppy teenagers, but it developed into a complete style. Roger Tredre reports on the grunge phenomenon

GRUNGE fashion used to be about dirty, positively grotty clothes for the dispossessed. Now it's being cleaned up and going mainstream. Grunge nouveau, redefined since the New York designers took up the theme at the catwalk shows last month, remains just as much for the young at heart, but freshly scrubbed and dry cleaned.
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