Sorry, Nirvana fans: Google smells like Muppet spirit

It’s the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s landmark Nevermind release, and the world is taking a moment to reflect.

“The album would go on to usher in rock’s great renaissance, cause a seismic shift in popular culture, bring the underground to the mainstream and make unwilling stars out of three rather scruffy guys from the Pacific Northwest,” writes MTV’s James Montgomery in one of many tributes to the iconic album.

But there’s one place where Nevermind isn’t getting its due.

Leading up to the anniversary, Seattle grunge fans were lobbying Google to dedicate one of its trademark Google Doodles to the occasion.

As the “Grunge Scene” Twitter account put it so eloquently this past week… “Hey @google Nirvana’s Nevermind 20th anniversary is Saturday. Don’t screw this up, let’s get the #Nevermind20GoogleDoodle.”

But as it happens, it’s also Jim Henson’s 75th birthday today.

And so this is what we’ve got on the Google home page this weekend.

We don’t know if Google actually considered a Nirvana tribute, but it’s probably safe to say that the idea of working with the late Muppet master’s family is probably a little more appealing than the prospect of dealing with Kurt Cobain’s survivors on such a project.

  • http://twitter.com/DREGstudios Brandt Hardin

    Kurt changed my life with his insightful and surreal music
    and lyrics.  I only wished he could have
    stuck around to make more to listen to for future generations.  I was compelled to compose a portrait of him
    In Memoriam recently on the anniversary of his death on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/04/in-memoriam-kurt-cobain-and-lane-staley.html  Drop in and tell me your memories of his
    music and how it’s affected you.

  • Matthew

    I think it’s fair to say that Jim Henson had an impact on a broad swath of people.  I clearly recall watching 2-5 year old kids lighting up as Jim’s creations came on TV in the early 70′s.  

  • john

    The muppets have had a far more postive impact on society, teaching children various life lessons. Seeing as how psychologically messed up Kurt was, I think Google picked a better tribute for the doodle.