Published Jan 28, 2011Weirdo '90s cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show has a massive cult following that continues to thrive in the present day, but it could have been even more quintessentially '90s if they had allowed a certain bleach-haired rocker to write music for the show.
The Stranger points to a Nerdist podcast featuring prominent voice actor Billy West, who recalls a rough-looking man who came into The Ren & Stimpy Show offices when he was working on the show. He recalls, "One day, this scraggly kid came in [to the Spümcø offices] and said he wanted to write a song for Ren & Stimpy, and they said, 'Yeah, that's great,' and they threw it in the waste basket, and it was Kurt Cobain."
For now, it's literally impossible to confirm or refute these claims, as a comb of the Internet has revealed no evidence in either direction. Still, as the Stranger points out, Ren & Stimpy ran from 1991 to 1993, which fits well into the time that Kurt Cobain would have been touring heavily with Nirvana and possibly found time to pop into the cult cartoon's L.A. offices.
If it is true, it's a shame that the R & S staff wouldn't give the grunge icon the time of day. After all, they were cool enough to give Frank Zappa a voice acting role as the pope in the classic "Powdered Toast Man" episode (see below).