Gene Simmons Says Kurt Cobain Isn't an Icon
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.04.2013
Because he only had "one or two records"...
Gene Simmons is attempting to put an minimum album bar on who can and cannot be considered an icon. The KISS bassist spoke with Team Rock Radio and said that artists like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse can't be called music icons because they only released a few albums before they passed away.
While talking about the current state of the music industry and how he believes it's important for major record labels to support artists in order to have long-term careers, Simmons said, "The internet's a fascinating experiment, but ultimately it's a very sad state of affairs for the new bands. There won't be another Beatles or another Prince or another Kiss because there isn't that support system, there's no record companies because kids have decided they can download and fileshare and bypass paying the artists what they rightfully should be getting."
He then looked at the music industry between 1958 and 1983 and contrasted that with the post-1984 era, saying, "Let me see - Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and just on and on. And through the '70s - Aerosmith, Kiss, Led Zeppelin. Now from 1984 until today, name one superstar that's bigger than their music, and not just somebody that's recorded one or two records, but another Queen or another AC/DC? None, you can't name one."
He continued, "Kurt Cobain - no, that's one or two records, that's not enough. Amy Winehouse - that's one or two records, that's not enough. What, just 'cause you died that makes you an icon? No, no."