They died young, but the rock icons in an ad campaign for Dr. Martens are still stirring controversy and outrage.

The bizarre Dr. Martens footwear campaign shows four famous dead rockers as angels in heaven clad in white robes and wearing the brand's trendy boots.

One of the oddball posters features a rather surreal Kurt Cobain , the legendary frontman for grunge band Nirvana who killed himself in 1994, resting his weary, steel-toed tootsies on a throne of clouds.

The ads also feature in various states of heavenly bliss punk legends Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, who overdosed in 1979, Joey Ramone of the Ramones, who died of cancer in 2001, and Joe Strummer of The Clash, who passed on in 2002,.

The dead-rocker ads, created by Saatchi & Saatchi London, however, hit a sour note with the footwear company.

David Suddens, CEO of Dr. Martens, said the ad campaign ran once in the British Fact magazine and was supposed to be shelved.

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