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“Smells Like Teen Spirit”
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” cover
Single by Nirvana
from the album Nevermind
B-side "Drain You"/"Even in His Youth"/"Aneurysm"
Released September 10, 1991
Format CD, cassette, 7", 12"
Recorded May 1991 at Sound City, Van Nuys, California
Genre Grunge
Length
  • 5:01 (album version)
  • 4:30 (single version)
Label DGC
Writer(s) Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic
Producer Butch Vig
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Nirvana singles chronology
"Here She Comes Now/Venus in Furs"
(1991)
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
(1991)
"Come as You Are"
(1992)
Nevermind track listing
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
(1)
"In Bloom"
(2)

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, and the opening track and lead single from the band's 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind. Written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl and produced by Butch Vig, the song uses a verse-chorus form where the main four-chord riff is used during the intro and chorus to create an alternating loud and quiet dynamic. Image File history File links Cover of Nirvanas single Smells Like Teen Spirit. Source: [1] This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... For other uses, see Nevermind (disambiguation). ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... Drain You is a song by American rock band Nirvana, and the eighth track from the bands 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind. ... Even in His Youth is a song by the American rock band, Nirvana and two different versions have been officially released. ... Aneurysm is a song written by Nirvanas frontman Kurt Cobain. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... CD redirects here. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... For the record label, see 12 Inch Records. ... Van Nuys redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Grunge redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... David Eric Grohl (b. ... Krist Anthony Novoselić II (born May 16, 1965) is an American rock musician best known as the bassist for Nirvana. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Butch Vig (born Bryan David Vigorson, August 2, 1957 in Viroqua, Wisconsin) is both a record producer and the drummer of the popular rock band Garbage. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ... The RIAA Logo. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... Here She Comes Now/Venus in Furs is a split single released in 1991 on Communion Records. ... For other songs and uses of the phrase, see Come as you are. ... For other uses, see Nevermind (disambiguation). ... Nevermind track listing For the upcoming film, see In Bloom (film). ... This article is about the genre. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... For other uses, see Nevermind (disambiguation). ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... Krist Anthony Novoselić II (born May 16, 1965) is an American rock musician best known as the bassist for Nirvana. ... David Eric Grohl (b. ... Butch Vig (born Bryan David Vigorson, August 2, 1957 in Viroqua, Wisconsin) is both a record producer and the drummer of the popular rock band Garbage. ... Verse-chorus form is a musical form common in popular music and predominant in rock since the 1960s. ... Riff is also an alternate spelling of Rif, a region of Morocco. ...


The unexpected success of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" propelled Nevermind to the top of the charts at the start of 1992, often marked as the point where alternative rock entered the mainstream.[1] "Teen Spirit" was Nirvana's first and biggest hit, reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and placing high on music industry charts all around the world in 1991 and 1992. Alternative music redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


"Smells Like Teen Spirit" received many critical plaudits, including topping the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll and winning two MTV Video Music Awards for its music video, which was in heavy rotation on music television. The song was dubbed an "anthem for apathetic kids" of Generation X,[2][3] but the band grew uncomfortable with the success and attention they received. In the years since Nirvana's breakup, listeners and critics have continued to praise "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... The Pazz & Jop critics poll is a highly influential poll of music critics run by The Village Voice newspaper. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... The MTV logotype, often used in different, less stylized, forms. ... For other uses, see Generation X (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Origins and recording

In a January 1994 Rolling Stone interview, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain revealed that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was an attempt to write a song in the style of the Pixies, a band he greatly admired. He explained:[4] This article is about the magazine. ... The Pixies[1] are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. ...

I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily that I should have been in that band— or at least a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.

Cobain did not begin to write "Smells Like Teen Spirit" until a few weeks before recording started on Nirvana's second album, Nevermind, in 1991.[5] When he first presented the song to his bandmates, it comprised just the main riff and the chorus vocal melody,[6][7] which bassist Krist Novoselic dismissed at the time as "ridiculous." In response, Cobain made the band play the riff for "an hour and a half."[4] In a 2001 interview, Novoselic recalled that after playing the riff repeatedly, he thought, "'Wait a minute. Why don't we just kind of slow this down a bit?' So I started playing the verse part. And Dave [started] playing a drum beat."[8] As a result, all three band members are credited as songwriters. Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ...


Cobain came up with the song's title when his friend Kathleen Hanna, at the time the lead singer of the Riot Grrrl punk band Bikini Kill, spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his wall. Since they had been discussing anarchism, punk rock, and similar topics, Cobain interpreted the slogan as having a revolutionary meaning. What Hanna actually meant, however, was that Cobain smelled like the deodorant Teen Spirit, which his then-girlfriend Tobi Vail wore. Cobain later claimed that he was unaware that it was a brand of deodorant until months after the single was released.[9] Kathleen Hanna (b. ... Riot grrrl (or riot grrl) is an indie/punk feminist movement that reached its height in the 1990s but continues to exert influence over alternative cultures. ... Bikini Kill was a punk band of the Riot Grrrl movement formed in Olympia, Washington in October of 1990. ... Anarchist redirects here. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... An earlier Teen Spirit Stick deodorant, with an Orchard Blossom scent. ... Tobi Vail (born July 20, 1969) is a musician, influential DIY punk zinester, and feminist theorist from Olympia, Washington. ...


"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was, along with "Come as You Are," one of a few new songs that had been written since Nirvana's first recording sessions with producer Butch Vig in 1990. Prior to the start of the Nevermind recording sessions, the band sent Vig a rough cassette demo of song rehearsals that included "Teen Spirit." While the sound of the tape was wildly distorted due to the band playing at a loud volume, Vig could pick out some of the melody and felt the song had promise.[10] Nirvana recorded "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, California with Vig in May of 1991.[11] Vig suggested some arrangement changes to the song, including moving a guitar ad lib into the chorus, and trimming down the chorus length.[12] The band recorded the basic track for the song in three takes, and decided to keep the second one.[7] For other songs and uses of the phrase, see Come as you are. ... Van Nuys is a district within the city of Los Angeles, California, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


Composition

Music sample:

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" Image File history File links NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenSpirit. ...

Sample of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from Nirvana's 1991 album Nevermind. The sample illustrates the change in dynamics from verse to pre-chorus and chorus. The band maintains the F-Bb-Ab-Db chord progression throughout, relying on the changes in dynamics and the reintroduction of the main guitar riff at the end to indicate the shifts between sections.
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"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is written in the key of F minor, with the main guitar riff constructed from four power chords (F5-Bb5-Ab5-Db5) played in a syncopated sixteenth note strum by Cobain.[13] The guitar chords were double-tracked because the band "wanted to make it sound more powerful," according to Vig.[14] The chords occasionally lapse into suspended chord voicings as a result of Cobain playing the bottom four strings of the guitar for the thickness of sound.[13] Due to being neither major nor minor, the occasional use of suspended chords also allows the chord progression used in the riff to be thought of as a I-IV-bIII-bVI major chord progression. The song's chord progression has been described as "an ambiguous, harmonically dislocated sequence," and "it is the asymmetrical nature of Cobain's riff [. . .] that makes it so great."[15] Listeners made many comments that the song bore a passing resemblance to Boston's 1976 hit "More Than a Feeling."[6] Cobain himself held similar opinions, saying that it "was such a clichéd riff. It was so close to a Boston riff or [The Kingsmen's] 'Louie Louie.'"[4] For other uses, see Nevermind (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see key. ... Also see: F major, or F-sharp minor. ... In music, a power chord is a bare fifth usually played on electric guitar with distortion. ... In music, syncopation is when a stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or failure to sound a tone on an accented beat occurs. ... [[ Figure 1. ... An added tone chord is a triadic chord with an extra added note, such as the added sixth. ... A chord progression (also chord sequence and harmonic progression or sequence), as its name implies, is a series of chords played in order. ... Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. ... More Than a Feeling is a song by the rock band Boston in 1976. ... The Kingsmen were a rock band from Portland, Oregon who rose suddenly to fame with their recording of Richard Berrys Louie, Louie. ... For the American singer, see Louie Louie (musician). ...


"Smells Like Teen Spirit" utilizes a "somewhat conventional formal structure" consisting of four-, eight-, and twelve-bar sections that includes an eight-bar verse, an eight-bar first chorus (pre-chorus), and a twelve-bar second chorus (main chorus).[16] Elements of the song's structure are marked off with shifts in volume and dynamics, going back and forth from quiet to loud a number of times during the length of the recording. This structure of "quiet verses with wobbly, chorused guitar, followed by big, loud hardcore-inspired choruses" became a much-emulated template in alternative rock because of "Teen Spirit."[17] A chorus effect is: A condition in the way people perceive similar sounds coming from multiple sources. ... Hardcore Punk is a subgenre of Punk Rock that originated in North America in the late 1970s. ...


The song begins with Cobain strumming the main riff, adding distortion when the rest of the band joins in. During the verse Cobain plays a sparse two-note guitar line over Novoselic's eighth note bassline, which outlines the chord progression. In the pre-chorus, Cobain begins to play the same two notes on every beat of the measure and repeats the phrase "Hello, hello, hello, how low?" Cobain then resumes the main guitar riff for the chorus, where the band plays loudly and Cobain yells the lyrics. The first and second choruses both end with a brief four-bar interlude where Cobain shouts "Yeah!" twice over a new riff. After the second chorus, Cobain plays a 16-bar guitar solo that almost completely restates his vocal melody from the verse and pre-chorus.[16] The band extends the third and final verse and chorus as Cobain sings the refrain "A denial" repeatedly. At this point Cobain's vocals become strained and his voice is almost shot from the force of yelling.[14] The song ends with the feedback of the guitar. Guitar effects are electronic devices that modify the tone, pitch, or sound of an electric guitar. ... Figure 1. ...


Release, success, and acclaim

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was released on September 10, 1991 as the lead single from Nevermind, the band's major label debut on Geffen Records (DGC). The song was not expected to be a hit, for it was merely intended to be the base-building alternative rock cut. It was anticipated that the follow-up single "Come as You Are" would be the song that could cross over to mainstream formats. However, campus radio and modern rock radio stations picked up on the track, and placed it on heavy rotation. Danny Goldberg of Nirvana's management firm Gold Mountain later admitted that "none of us heard it as a crossover song, but the public heard it and it was instantaneous [. . .] They heard it on alternative radio, and then they rushed out like lemmings to buy it."[18] The video received its world premiere on MTV's late-night alternative rock program 120 Minutes, and proved so popular that the channel began to air it during its regular daytime rotation.[19] As a result, Nevermind began to sell thousands of copies a week, culminating in the album knocking Michael Jackson's Dangerous album from the top spot on the Billboard charts in January of 1992. is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Campus radio (also known as college radio, university radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college, university or other educational institution. ... Modern rock is term commonly used to describe a rock music format found on American commercial radio. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... For the series of the same name in the United Kingdom, see 120 Minutes (UK TV series). ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Dangerous was the first album Michael Jackson released in the 1990s, on November 22, 1991. ...


"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was a critical and commercial success. The song topped the 1991 Village Voice "Pazz & Jop" and Melody Maker year-end polls, and reached number two on Rolling Stone's list of best singles of the year. The single peaked at number six on the Billboard singles chart the same week that Nevermind reached number one on the album charts.[20] "Teen Spirit" hit number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and has since been certified platinum (one million copies shipped) by the Recording Industry Association of America.[21] However, many American Top 40 stations were reluctant to play the song in regular rotation due to its sound, and restricted it to night-time play.[22] The single was also successful in other countries. In the United Kingdom, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" reached number seven and charted for 184 weeks.[23] The song was nominated for two Grammy awards —Best Hard Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song— though it lost to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give it Away" and "Layla" by Eric Clapton, respectively. Clapton's win over Nirvana would later be named one of the 10 biggest upsets in Grammy history by Entertainment Weekly.[24] The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... The Pazz & Jop critics poll is a highly influential poll of music critics run by The Village Voice newspaper. ... This article is about the music newspaper. ... Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... A single certification is the certification that the RIAA awards to singles based on their sales. ... RIAA redirects here. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... The Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance has been awarded since 1990. ... The Grammy Award for Best Rock Song has been awarded since 1992. ... The Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. ... Give It Away is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers released in 1991 on the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. ... Layla is the title track on the Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, released in December 1970. ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...


In the wake of Nirvana's success, Michael Azerrad wrote in a 1992 Rolling Stone article, "'Smells Like Teen Spirit' is an anthem for (or is it against?) the 'Why Ask Why?' generation. Just don't call Cobain a spokesman for a generation."[25] Nevertheless, the music press awarded the song an "anthem-of-a-generation" status, placing Cobain as a reluctant spokesman for Generation X.[26] The New York Times observed that "'Smells Like Teen Spirit' could be this generation’s version of the Sex Pistols' 1976 single, 'Anarchy in the U.K.', if it weren’t for the bitter irony that pervades its title," and added, "As Nirvana knows only too well, teen spirit is routinely bottled, shrink-wrapped and sold."[27] The band grew uncomfortable with the song's success, and in later concerts often pointedly excluded it from the setlist.[28] Prior to the release of the band's 1993 follow-up album In Utero, Novoselic remarked, "If it wasn't for 'Teen Spirit' I don't know how Nevermind would have done," and observed, "There are no 'Teen Spirits' on In Utero."[29] Cobain said in 1994, "I still like playing 'Teen Spirit,' but it’s almost an embarrassment to play it [. . .] Everyone has focused on that song so much."[4] Michael Azerrad is an American author, journalist and musician. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... Sex Pistols are an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... Anarchy in the U.K. is the title track of the first single by Sex Pistols, released on November 26, 1976. ... In Utero is the third and final studio album by the American grunge band Nirvana, released on September 21, 1993 by DGC Records. ...


In the years following Cobain's 1994 death, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has continued to garner critical acclaim. In 2000, MTV and Rolling Stone ranked the song third on their joint list of the 100 best pop songs, trailing only The Beatles' "Yesterday" and The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."[30] The Recording Industry Association of America's 2001 "Songs of the Century" project placed "Teen Spirit" at number 80, above Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band albums.[31] In 2002, NME awarded the song the number two spot on its list of "100 Greatest Singles of All Time,"[32] while in 2003 VH1 placed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" number one on its list of "100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years."[33] The song came third in a Q poll that same year.[34] Rolling Stone ranked "Smells Like Teen Spirit" ninth in its 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and described its impact as "A shock wave of big-amp purity, [it] wiped the lingering jive of the Eighties off the pop map overnight."[35] In the 2006 VH1 UK poll The Nation's Favourite Lyric, the line "I feel stupid and contagious/here we are now, entertain us" was ranked as the third-favorite song lyric among over 13,000 voters.[36] In contrast, Time magazine proposed in its entry for Nevermind on "The All-TIME 100 Albums" from 2006 that "'Smells Like Teen Spirit' [. . .] may be the album's worst song."[37] The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Music sample Yesterday Problems? See media help. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Music sample (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, widely considered to be one of the most influential of the 20th century. ... Kind of Blue is a jazz album by musician Miles Davis, released on August 17, 1959. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... Q is a music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 140,282 and a readership of 731,000. ... The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ... VH1 UK is a music television channel from MTV Networks Europe. ... TIME redirects here. ...


Lyrics and interpretation

The lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" were often difficult for listeners to decipher, both due to their nonsensicality and because of Cobain's slurred, guttural singing voice. This problem was compounded by the fact that the Nevermind album liner notes did not include any lyrics for the songs aside from selected lyrical fragments. This incomprehensibility contributed to the early resistance from radio stations towards adding the song to their playlists; one Geffen promoter recalled that people from rock radio told her, "We can't play this. I can't understand what the guy is saying."[38] MTV went as far as to prepare a version of the video that included the lyrics running across the bottom of the screen, which they aired when the video was added to their heavy rotation schedule.[19] The lyrics for the album—and some from earlier or alternate versions of the songs—were later released with the liner notes of the "Lithium" single in 1992. American rock critic Dave Marsh noted comments by disc jockeys of the time that the song was "the 'Louie Louie' of the nineties" and wrote, "Like 'Louie,' only more so, 'Teen Spirit' reveals its secrets reluctantly and then often incoherently."[39] Marsh, trying to decipher the lyrics of the song, felt after reading the correct lyrics from the song's sheet music that "what I imagined was quite a bit better (at least, more gratifying) than what Nirvana actually sang," and added, "Worst of all, I'm not sure that I know more about [the meaning of] 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' now than before I plunked down for the official version of the facts."[40] For the Evanescence song, see Lithium (Evanescence song). ... Dave Marsh (born 1950) is an American music critic. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...


"Teen Spirit" is widely interpreted to be a teen revolution anthem, an interpretation reinforced by the song's music video.[28] When discussing the song in Michael Azerrad's biography Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, Cobain revealed that he felt a duty "to describe what I felt about my surroundings and my generation and people my age."[9] The book Teen Spirit: The Stories Behind Every Nirvana Song describes "Teen Spirit" as "a typically murky Cobain exploration of meaning and meaninglessness."[41] Azerrad plays upon the juxtaposition of Cobain's contradictory lyrics (such as "It's fun to lose and to pretend") and states "the point that emerges isn't just the conflict of two opposing ideas, but the confusion and anger that the conflict produces in the narrator—he's angry that he's confused." Azerrad's conclusion is that the song is "alternately a sarcastic reaction to the idea of actually having a revolution, yet it also embraces the idea."[42] “Young Men” redirects here. ...


In Heavier Than Heaven, Charles R. Cross' biography of Kurt Cobain, the author posits the lyrics were influenced by something else besides Cobain's anger, boredom, and cynicism. Cross argues that the song is a reference to Cobain's relationship with ex-girlfriend Tobi Vail. Cross cites the line "She's over-bored and self-assured" and states the song "could not have been about anyone else." Cross backs up his argument with lyrics which were present in earlier drafts, such as "Who will be the King & Queen of the outcasted [sic] teens."[43][44] Heavier Than Heaven is the name of a 2001 biography of musician Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the grunge rock band Nirvana. ... Charles R. Cross is a rock music journalist and author based in Seattle. ...


Cobain has said, "The entire song is made up of contradictory ideas [. . .] It's just making fun of the thought of having a revolution. But it's a nice thought."[42] Drummer Dave Grohl has stated he does not believe the song has any message, and said, "Just seeing Kurt write the lyrics to a song five minutes before he first sings them, you just kind of find it a little bit hard to believe that the song has a lot to say about something. You need syllables to fill up this space or you need something that rhymes."[45]


Music video

A screenshot from the music video

The music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was the first for director Samuel Bayer, who would go on to direct videos for artists including Green Day, Metallica, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Bayer believes he was hired because his test reel was so poor the band anticipated his production would be "punk" and "not corporate."[14] The video was based on the concept of a school concert which ends in anarchy and riot. Inspiration was taken from Jonathan Kaplan's 1979 movie Over the Edge, as well as the Ramones film Rock 'n' Roll High School.[14] Filmed on a soundstage in Culver City, the video featured the band playing at a pep rally in a high school gym to an audience of apathetic students on bleachers, and cheerleaders wearing black dresses with the Circle-A anarchist symbol. The video ends with the assembled students destroying the set and the band's gear. The demolition of the set captured in the video's conclusion was the result of genuine discontent. The extras that filled the bleachers had been forced to stay seated through numerous replays of the song for an entire afternoon of filming. Cobain convinced Bayer to allow the extras to mosh, and the set became a scene of chaos. "Once the kids came out dancing they just said 'fuck you,' because they were so tired of this shit throughout the day," Cobain said.[46] Cobain disliked Bayer's final edit and personally oversaw a re-edit of the video that resulted in the version finally aired.[23] One of Cobain's major additions was the next-to-last shot of the video, which was a close-up of his own face after it had been obscured for most of the video.[46] Bayer noted that unlike subsequent artists he worked with, Cobain did not care about vanity, rather that "the video had something that was truly about what they were about."[14] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Samuel David Bayer (born in 17 February 1962 in Syracuse, New York) is an American music video director. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago in 1988. ... For other uses, see Anarchy (disambiguation). ... Jonathan Kaplan is a US filmmaker who was born on November 25, 1947, in Paris, France. ... Over the Edge is a movie completed in 1979 and released on HBO two years later because its controversial content led to a decision to forego a theatrical release. ... This article is about the band. ... Rock n Roll High School is a 1979 film produced by Roger Corman, directed by Allan Arkush, and featuring The Ramones. ... Culver City sign near the intersection of the 405 and the 90. ... A cheerleader is flipped upside-down during a pep rally routine before a football game. ... This article discusses various anarchist symbols, including the circle-A and the black flag. ... This article or section should include material from mosh pit. ...


Like the song itself, the music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was well received by critics. Rolling Stone writer David Fricke described the video as looking like "the greatest gig you could ever imagine."[14] In addition to a number one placing in the singles category, "Teen Spirit" also topped the music video category in the Village Voice's 1991 "Pazz & Jop" poll.[47] The video won Nirvana the "Best New Artist" and "Best Alternative Group" awards at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards,[48] and in 2000 the Guinness World Records named "Teen Spirit" the Most Played Video on MTV Europe.[49] In subsequent years Amy Finnerty, formerly of MTV's Programming department, claimed the video "changed the entire look of MTV" by giving them "a whole new generation to sell to."[14] VH1 placed the debut of the "Teen Spirit" video at number eighteen on its list of "100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments on TV," noting that "the video [ushered] in alternative rock as a commercial and pop culture force."[50] In 2001, VH1 ranked the video fourth on its "100 Greatest Videos" list.[51] The video has been parodied at least twice: in "Weird Al" Yankovic's music video for "Smells Like Nirvana" and in Bob Sinclar's 2006 music video for "Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)." David Fricke is a senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where he writes predominantly on rock music. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ... Guinness World Records 2008 edition. ... MTV Europe launched on August 1, 1987. ... This article is about the musician. ... Smells Like Nirvana is a parody of Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit written and performed by Weird Al Yankovic. ... Bob Sinclar, mistaken many times as Sinclair (born Christophe Le Friant, May 10, 1967) is a French record producer, House music DJ, remixer and owner of the label Yellow Productions. ... Alternate cover Promotional single cover Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now) is a song by Bob Sinclar, co-produced by regular partner Cutee B and featuring Dollarman and Big Ali on vocals. ...


Live performances

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Sample of "Smells like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana, from the live album From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996). The band performs the chorus of the song, at a faster tempo than the studio recording.
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"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was first performed live on April 17, 1991 at the OK Hotel in Seattle, Washington.[52] The performance is featured on the DVD of the 2004 boxset With the Lights Out, while shorter clips are included on the Nevermind Classic Albums DVD, as well as the documentary film Hype!. As the song's lyrics had not yet been entirely written, there are notable differences between it and the final version. For example, the first performance started with "Come out and play, make up the rules" instead of the eventual opening of "Load up on guns, bring your friends." A recording of the earlier version appears on With the Lights Out and again on Sliver: The Best of the Box. A similar early live performance of the song is found in the documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke, filmed during a 1991 summer tour in Europe with Sonic Youth. From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah is a live compilation album from the American grunge band, Nirvana. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... The OK Hotel was a bar and music venue located under the viaduct in Seattles Pioneer Square district. ... Seattle redirects here. ... With the Lights Out is a box set, containing 3 CDs and 1 DVD, from the American grunge band, Nirvana. ... For other uses, see Nevermind (disambiguation). ... Classic Albums is a documentary series about pop and rock albums that are considered the best or most distinctive of a well known band or musician or that exemplify a stage in the history of pop and rock music. ... Hype! soundtrack album cover Hype! is a documentary directed by Doug Pray about the popularity of grunge music in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. ... 1991: The Year Punk Broke was a 1992 documentary directed by Dave Markey showcasing a late 1991 European tour of a number of punk and punk-inspired bands. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ...


Nirvana often altered the song's lyrics and tempo for live performances. Some live performances of the song had the line "our little group has always been" changed to "our little tribe has always been," which can be heard on the 1996 live album From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah. Rolling Stone remarked that the Wishkah version of "Teen Spirit" "[found] Cobain's guitar reeling outside the song's melodic boundaries and sparking new life in that nearly played-out hit."[53] A notable alternate performance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" occurred on BBC's Top of the Pops in 1991, during which the band refused to mime to the prerecorded backing track and Cobain sang in a deliberately low voice and altered numerous lyrics in the song (for example, "Load up on guns, bring your friends" became "Load up on drugs, kill your friends"). Cobain later said he was trying to sound like former Smiths frontman Morrissey.[54] The Observer stated Nirvana's performance was responsible for "Teen Spirit" entering the UK top ten the following week;[55] when Top of the Pops was cancelled in 2006, The Observer listed Nirvana's performance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as the third greatest in the show's history.[56] This performance can be found on the 1994 home video Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! and on the bootleg Outcesticide IV: Rape of the Vaults. For other uses, see Tempo (disambiguation). ... From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah is a live compilation album from the American grunge band, Nirvana. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987. ... For other uses, see Morrissey (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... front cover Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! is a VHS/Laserdisc home video released by the grunge band Nirvana on November 15, 1994. ... Outcesticide is a series of bootleg CDs featuring rare and unreleased material by the American rock band Nirvana. ...


Cover versions

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Sample of Smells Like Teen Spirit" as covered by Tori Amos on the Crucify EP (1992). Amos performs the song by herself on piano, where she slows down the tempo and enunciates the lyrics to the chorus clearly.
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"Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Paul Anka cover) Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Crucify is a song written and performed by Tori Amos from her album Little Earthquakes. ... Image File history File links SmellsLikeAnka. ...

Sample of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as covered by Paul Anka on his album, Rock Swings (2005). Anka performs the song in an upbeat swing style.
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"Smells Like Teen Spirit" has been covered by numerous artists. One of the first cover recordings was an acoustic piano version by Tori Amos on her 1992 Crucify EP, which Cobain referred to as "a great breakfast cereal version."[57] The jazz trio The Bad Plus recorded the track for its CD These are the Vistas,[58] while The Melvins as well as the industrial act Xorcist have also released tributes. The Moog Cookbook put out a synthesizer-based cover version on The Moog Cookbook and the Japanese Beatboxer Dokaka has recorded a beatboxed cover version. British group The Flying Pickets released an a cappella version of the song on their album The Original Flying Pickets: Volume 1 - 1994. Covers of the song on tribute albums include Blanks 77 on Smells Like Bleach: A Punk Tribute to Nirvana, and Beki Bondage on Smells Like Nirvana; both released in 2000. In 2005, "Teen Spirit" was covered as a swing song by 1950s star Paul Anka. In 2006, the band Flyleaf covered the song for Yahoo's LAUNCHcast service. In 2007, Patti Smith included a cover version, which incorporated a piece of her poetry, on her album of cover songs Twelve. Paul Albert Anka, OC (born 30 July 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian-born American singer, songwriter, and actor of Lebanese origin. ... Rock Swings is an album by Paul Anka. ... It has been suggested that Unplugged be merged into this article or section. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Crucify is a song written and performed by Tori Amos from her album Little Earthquakes. ... The Bad Plus (Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, David King The Bad Plus are a jazz trio from the United States, consisting of pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King. ... These Are the Vistas is the second studio album released by The Bad Plus. ... The Melvins are an American rock band/ metal band that usually perform as a trio. ... Xorcist is the name of an American musical group whose output has ranged from industrial, electronic body music, ambient, ethereal, and gothic music. ... The Moog Cookbook was the first album by electronica duo Moog Cookbook. ... Synth redirects here. ... The Moog Cookbook was the first album by electronica duo Moog Cookbook. ... Dokaka is a Japanese artist who covers famous rock and jazz tracks using his voice solely. ... The Flying Pickets is a British a cappella vocal group, that had a surprise number one hit in 1983 in the UK singles chart, with their cover of Yazoos track - Only You. // The name Flying Pickets refers to mobile strikers who travel in order to join a picket. ... This article is about the vocal technique. ... Blanks 77 is a 77-style pogo punk formed in 1990. ... Beki Bondage (born Rebecca Louise Bond, on 3 June 1963, in Bristol, England) is a female musician in the punk band Vice Squad. ... For other uses, see swing. ... Paul Albert Anka, OC (born 30 July 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian-born American singer, songwriter, and actor of Lebanese origin. ... Flyleaf is an American rock band that formed in the Belton[1] and Temple, Texas[2] region in 2000. ... Yahoo redirects here. ... A 1999 issue (#35) of the LAUNCH disk magazine, a precursor of LAUNCHcast. ... Patricia Lee (Patti) Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American musician, singer, and poet. ... Twelve is the tenth album by American singer-songwriter Patti Smith. ...


The song has been adapted into other forms over the years. Germany's Atari Teenage Riot sampled "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the song "Atari Teenage Riot" from their 1997 album, Burn, Berlin, Burn!. DJ Balloon, a German techno DJ, also used the sample in his song "Monstersound".[59] An instrumental cover version (slightly altered and named "Self High-Five" to avoid legal complications) was produced by World Championship Wrestling as the entrance music for wrestler Diamond Dallas Page,[60] with clips of Page's voice dubbed in from time to time. A snippet of the song was also performed in a cabaret style in the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge!. Atari Teenage Riot (abbreviated ATR) was a German Digital hardcore group formed in Berlin in 1992. ... Burn, Berlin, Burn! is a compilation album released by Atari Teenage Riot in 1997. ... Balloon is an German DJ in the Techno genre. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... // Music in professional wrestling serves a variety of purposes. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... Moulin Rouge is a 2001 Academy Award-winning jukebox musical film directed by Baz Luhrmann. ...


In addition to cover versions, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has also inspired a few parodies. "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied the song in 1992 with "Smells Like Nirvana," a song about Nirvana itself. Yankovic parodied the difficulty in understanding Cobain's singing as well as the lyrics and their meaning. Yankovic has said Kurt Cobain told him he realized that Nirvana had "made it" when he heard the parody.[61] In 1995, the queercore band Pansy Division recorded a parody of the song called "Smells Like Queer Spirit" for its Pile Up album. In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Queercore is a cultural and social movement that began in the mid 1980s as an offshoot of punk. ... Pansy Division is a punk band that was a founding example of the queercore genre. ... A multi-vehicle collision (colloquially known as a pile-up) is a road traffic accident involving many vehicles. ...


Formats and track listing

UK 7" single (DGC 5)
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 4:30
  2. "Drain You" (Cobain) – 3:43
UK 12" single (DGCT 5)
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 5:01
  2. "Drain You" (Cobain) – 3:43
  3. "Even in His Youth" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 3:03
  • Features album version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
UK CD single (DGCTD 5)
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 4:30
  2. "Drain You" (Cobain) – 3:43
  3. "Even in His Youth" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 3:03
  4. "Aneurysm" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 4:44
UK picture disc 12" single (DGCTP 5)
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 5:01
  2. "Even in His Youth" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 3:03
  3. "Aneurysm" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 4:44
  • Features album version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
US 7" single (DGCS7-19050)
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 4:30
  2. "Even in His Youth" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 3:03
US CD single (DGCDS-21673)
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic)– 4:30
  2. "Even in His Youth" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 3:03
  3. "Aneurysm" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 4:44
US cassette single (DGCCS-19050)
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 4:30
  2. "Even in His Youth" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) – 3:03

The single edit of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which was featured in the music video, removes approximately thirty seconds from the album version. In particular, two repetitions of the main riff have been removed from the beginning of the song, as has the repeat of the first section of the guitar solo. Additionally, the CD single falsely lists the length of "Even in His Youth" as 4:20. Drain You is a song by American rock band Nirvana, and the eighth track from the bands 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind. ... Even in His Youth is a song by the American rock band, Nirvana and two different versions have been officially released. ... Aneurysm is a song written by Nirvanas frontman Kurt Cobain. ...


Chart positions

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Swedish Singles Chart[62] 3
UK Singles Chart[23] 7
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[63] 1
Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[64] 5
Austrian Singles Chart[65] 8
Chart (1992) Peak
position
French Singles Chart[66] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[67] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[68] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[63] 6
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[63] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[63] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[69] 27
Preceded by
"The Fly" by U2
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 23, 1991
Succeeded by
"Mysterious Ways" by U2

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References

  • Azerrad, Michael. Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana. Doubleday, 1994. ISBN 0-385-47199-8
  • Classic Albums—Nirvana: Nevermind [DVD]. Isis Productions, 2004.
  • Crisafulli, Chuck. Teen Spirit: The Stories Behind Every Nirvana Song. Carlton, 1996. ISBN 0-684-83356-5
  • Cross, Charles R. Heavier Than Heaven. Hyperion, 2001. ISBN 0-7868-6505-9
  • Marsh, Dave. Louie Louie. Hyperion, 1993. ISBN 1-56282-865-7
  • Starr, Larry; Waterman, Christopher. American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-19-510854-X

Notes

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  4. ^ a b c d Fricke, David. "Kurt Cobain: The Rolling Stone Interview." Rolling Stone. January 27, 1994
  5. ^ Azerrad, pg. 175
  6. ^ a b Azerrad, pg. 176
  7. ^ a b "Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit." Rolling Stone. December 7, 2000.
  8. ^ Cross, Charles. "Requiem for a Dream." Guitar World. October 2001.
  9. ^ a b Azerrad, pg. 211–12
  10. ^ Azerrad, pg. 167
  11. ^ Cross, Charles. "The Stories Behind the Songs." Rolling Stone. November 14, 2002
  12. ^ di Perna, Alan. "The Making of Nevermind." Guitar World. Fall 1996.
  13. ^ a b Chappell, Jon. "Nirvana's Music." Guitar. June 1993.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Classic Albums—Nirvana: Nevermind [DVD]. Isis Productions, 2004.
  15. ^ Rooksby, Rikky. How to Write Songs on Guitar. San Francisco: Backbeat, 2000. ISBN 0-87930-611-4, pg. 55.
  16. ^ a b Starr; Waterman, pg. 434–5
  17. ^ di Perna, Alan. "Brave Noise—The History of Alternative Rock Guitar." Guitar World, December 1995.
  18. ^ Azerrad, pg. 227
  19. ^ a b Azerrad, pg. 199
  20. ^ "Nirvana Achieves Chart Perfection!" Billboard. January 25, 1992.
  21. ^ Basham, David (December 20, 2001). "Got Charts? No Doubt's Christmas Gift; Nirvana Ain't No Beatles". MTV.com. Retrieved on October 19, 2006.
  22. ^ Ross, Sean. "Nirvana Receiving Less-Than-Spirited Airplay." Billboard. February 1, 1992.
  23. ^ a b c Nirvana and The Story of Grunge. Q. pg. 54. December 2005.
  24. ^ Michael Endelman (2007). "Grammy's 10 Biggest Upsets". EW.com. Retrieved on February 11, 2008.
  25. ^ Azerrad, Michael. "Inside the Heart and Mind of Nirvana." Rolling Stone. April 16, 1992.
  26. ^ Garofalo, Reebee. Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA. Allyn & Bacon, 1997. ISBN 0-205-13703-2, pg. 447
  27. ^ Reynolds, Simon.. "Boredom + Claustrophobia + Sex = Punk Nirvana", NYTimes.com, November 24, 1991. Retrieved on 2007-04-08. 
  28. ^ a b Crisafulli, pg. 38
  29. ^ DeRogatis, Jim. Milk It!: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the 90's. Cambridge: Da Capo, 2003. ISBN 0-306-81271-1, pg.14
  30. ^ Angulo, Sandra P. (November 17, 2000). "News Summary: Lord Jim". EW.com. Retrieved on April 09, 2007.
  31. ^ Allen, Jamie (March 7, 2001). "New song list puts 'Rainbow' way up high". CNN.com. Retrieved on April 07, 2007.
  32. ^ "NME's 100 Greatest Singles of All Time Unveiled". NME (April 24, 2002). Retrieved on 2007-05-19.
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  36. ^ "U2 cop nation's favourite lyric". ITV.com (April 17, 2006). Retrieved on October 22, 2006.
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  38. ^ Cross, pg. 204–05
  39. ^ Marsh, pg. 204
  40. ^ Marsh, pg. 206
  41. ^ Crisafulli, pg. 37
  42. ^ a b Azerrad, pg. 213
  43. ^ Cross, pg. 169
  44. ^ Earlier drafts of the lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" have been reprinted in Kurt Cobain's Journals (2002).
  45. ^ Azerrad, pg. 214
  46. ^ a b Azerrad, pg.190–91
  47. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 3, 1992). "The 1991 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved on 2007-05-19.
  48. ^ "Past Winners Database". LATimes.com (2006). Retrieved on October 29, 2006.
  49. ^ "ABC News: Achieving Nirvana: Grunge Band's 'Teen Sprit' is Top Song of Past Two Decades". ABC News (November 27, 2006). Retrieved on December 01, 2006.
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Smells Like Teen Spirit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3097 words)
The meaning, however, was that Kurt smelled like "Teen Spirit", the deodorant that Tobi Vail, Hanna's bandmate and Kurt's then-girlfriend, wore.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is in the musical key of F minor, and is based around a riff using four power chords (F-Bb-Ab-Db) played in a syncopated 16th note strum.
The "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single was released on September 10, 1991 as the lead single from Nevermind.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Salon (866 words)
The first time I heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit," I was sitting in the passenger seat of a pickup truck in Tampa, Fla. It was the fall of 1991 and I was a washed-up baseball player who had just graduated from college.
The story of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and the success that this five minutes and two seconds attained, is the story of rock 'n' roll: ugly and beautiful and triumphant and tragic.
Songs like "Blew," "School," "About a Girl," "Floyd the Barber," "Negative Creep" and a roaring cover of "Love Buzz" had a decidedly raw sound, a guttural collage of grunts and screams that every once in a while found middle ground in gorgeous melodies powered by Cobain's sugary, coarse vocals.
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