How Kurt Cobain inspired the plot of this 90s movie

8 April 2019, 20:55

Kurt Cobain recording in Hilversum Studios 1991
Kurt Cobain recording in Hilversum Studios 1991. Picture: Michel Linssen/Redferns/Getty Images

A star of Empire Records has revealed how the Nirvana frontman influenced the iconic film's storyline.

Empire Records was a must-see movie for alternative music fans- starring a young Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger and reflecting the 90s grunge era in which it was released.

Now it's seems 1995 film about saving a record store has a closer connection to grunge than we thought, as it's emerged a major part of its plot was inspired by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.


As Huffington Post reports, every 8th of April sees die-hard fans celebrate "Rex Manning Day," - which in the film is the day the cheesy crooner who is detested by the Record Store and its workers is set to make an appearance.


Now, according to Ethan Embry, who played Mark in the film, the dismal day was chosen specifically because it was the day that Cobain was found dead, having tragically lost his life to suicide.

In a tweet, the star writes: "The reason we picked April 8th as the day to have the powdered/coifed Rex Manning visit Empire is because Kurt was found on the 8th of April, the day the music of the 90s lost its mascot."

Watch the original trailer for Empire Records here:

Kurt Cobain died on 5 April 1994, before he was discovered three days later. 2019 marks 25 years since his passing.

Last year, his widow Courtney Love to to Instagram to mark the sad day, writing: "The universe always rips open on this day... those ocean blue eyes, we miss you"

The official Nirvana twitter account echoed the Hole rocker's message, with a post which read: "Dear Kurt—We miss you."