Smells Like Teen Spirit was a single from Nevermind , the album that catapulted Nirvana to fame. The popularity of the song, the album, and the band is sometimes considered the catalyst for bringing alternative rock, and especially the s grunge genre, to the mainstream. It served as an anthem for many of Generation X , who, like Cobain, found themselves confused and uncertain about the world around them. Rolling Stone would later vote it the 9th best song of all time. Because of its cultural and musical impact, Smells like Teen Spirit is sometimes used as a benchmark for songs that express and shape the aesthetic and attitude of a generation or musical style.
The Making of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" | Mental Floss
The Making of "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Joel Rose. Kurt Cobain in the studio with Nirvana in late This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.
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But did you know these facts about the video itself? Amy Finnerty, a rookie MTV staffer who'd only recently joined the music programming department, campaigned for the channel to premiere the video. Two days before the shoot, the band handed out flyers asking fans to appear in the video, while the LA radio station KXLU also made an on-air casting call-out for extras. The band's flyer read: "Nirvana needs YOU… You should be 18 to 25 years old and adopt a high-school persona, ie preppy, punk, nerd, jock.
Kurt Cobain, the band's frontman, wasn't usually very talkative during gigs; he mostly left the witty banter between songs to bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl. On that night, however, Cobain couldn't help himself. The band was currently mulling over major label offers, and was ultimately two weeks away from signing with DGC, a Geffen record imprint. A shot at fame was imminent. We're major label corporate rock sellouts," the man who would soon be a rock star told the boisterous crowd.