Kurt Cobain's "Ren and Stimpy" Theme Song (rumored/lost recording; existence unconfirmed; 1990)


Kurt Cobain's Ren and Stimpy theme song
Kurt Cobain and Ren and Stimpy.
Kurt Cobain and Ren and Stimpy.
Status Lost/Existence unconfirmed

In 1990, before Kurt Cobain hit it big with his band, Nirvana, he was a struggling, starving musician. One of his many stabs at fame was penning a theme song for the famous cartoon, Ren and Stimpy.

Cobain recorded the song on the cheap but felt proud of it. Studio executives at Nickelodeon heard the song, thought it was awful, and then threw it out. After Nirvana had become famous with their 1991 album, Nevermind, the executives considered this decision to be a mistake.

While it has been confirmed that a couple of copies may still exist, the song has never found its way as a release to the general public. The version Nickelodeon had was trashed, so none of the executives holds a copy. Cobain's estate is yet to comment on the matter. Many Ren and Stimpy fans who are also Nirvana fans are saddened by this.

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Anonymous user #1

10 months ago
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I'm pretty sure this is fake, considering that every source only points to Billy West and no one else. If it were true, why hasn't anyone come forward to verify it by now? Even John K hasn't said anything regarding this subject.
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Anonymous user #3

2 months ago
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maybe, but it's interesting to speculate.
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Anonymous user #6

15 days ago
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Keep in mind that Billy West was Stimpy's voice actor. This is genuinely one of the "existence unconfirmed"'s that I want a straight answer on from creator John K.
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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Perhaps an audio copy still exists somewhere among Mr. Cobain's belongings, but the holders of his effects have decided not to comment on it to preserve his wishes.
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Anonymous user #4

1 months ago
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I honestly think Cobain wanted to keep it secret once it got rejected by Nickelodeon. I guess once he died, his family members kept its existence under wraps.
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Anonymous user #5

18 days ago
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The real recording was probably buried with him (in his grave)
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Adrastia

5 days ago
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This is the first time I'm hearing of this. I never saw it in any interviews with Nirvana back in the early 90s. It seems like the type of thing that would end up being asked by someone. Especially on MTV. Sounds like something Riiki Ratchman might ask on the Headbanger's Ball. After all, when he interviewed Soundgarden he asked them about their contributions to Road Rash for 3DO/PC/Sega CD. It just screams "interview question". And I watched a lot of MTV and read a lot of magazines throughout the 90s. I think that this would have eventually come up as leaked info or have been brought up in one of the many documentaries after Kurt's death. Not even his aunt Mari mentions this in her interviews. I don't know if Billy West is a reputable source for this. He may have been joking or trying to add some mystery.

I'm not saying it is 100% false. But it doesn't sound like it is likely to be true.

If a copy does exist you'll pry it out of Courtney's cold, dead hands.
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