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Nirvana — Smells Like Teen Spirit
Album: Nevermind
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Released: 1991
Length: 4:54
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Load up on guns, bring your friends
It's fun to lose and to pretend
She's over bored, self assured
Oh no, I know a dirty word

Hello, hello, hello, hello?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello

With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto, an albino
A mosquito, my libido
Yeah!

Hey!
Yay!

I'm worse at what I do best
And for this gift I feel blessed
Our little group has always been
And always will until the end

Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello

With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto, an albino
A mosquito, my libido
Yeah!

Hey!
Yay!

And I forget just why I taste
And yeah, I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard, it's hard to find
Oh well, whatever, never mind

Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello

With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto, an albino
A mosquito, my libido

A denial! A denial!
A denial! A denial!
A denial! A denial!
A denial! A denial!
A denial!
Comments (756)add comment
Such an amazing song, captures the spirit of the 90s era 
 fredriley wrote:

It amuses me that the baby is now sueing the band for damages after 2 decades :o)

Yeah, what a money grabbing prick!!!

I was 19 years old when this came out. Working in a music store. The CD was selling itself but still blasted it into the mall (mix of cheers and complaints). Get's a solid 8 + 2 for nostalgia = 10
It amuses me that the baby is now sueing the band for damages after 2 decades :o)
 DrooNH wrote:

Back in the day...

when something could be overplayed on your favorite terrestrial radio station, songs like this could be pounded into your head like nails in a coffin.  Like that time you went camping with the other idiots and killed that bottle of Taqueray. You woke up under the bushes feeling like you had run through pine trees with your mouth open while demons pounded on your head with branches.   Cured me of Tanqueray for 30 years.   Still recovering from Nirvana.



OOOOH yes, this is the memory lol
My poison was rum with Dr. Pepper ...Come to think of it this still is my poison
Back in the day...

when something could be overplayed on your favorite terrestrial radio station, songs like this could be pounded into your head like nails in a coffin.  Like that time you went camping with the other idiots and killed that bottle of Taqueray. You woke up under the bushes feeling like you had run through pine trees with your mouth open while demons pounded on your head with branches.   Cured me of Tanqueray for 30 years.   Still recovering from Nirvana.
I was 22 years old standing in Tower Records when this song came blasting out the store sound system.
I stared up at the speakers until the song was over.
I bought the cassette tape and wore it out.
I still love the music.
Funny story... in the early 90's, I had a photo studio on an upper floor of a Belltown, Seattle brick building. The basement became a recording studio & the occupants made a lotta "sounds". They also never closed the elevator door for me to call it, forcing me to run down 5 flights of dark stairs cursing them all the way. Turned out, it was Nirana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney & the other grungers jamming. Who knew? They just sounded horrible from where I was standing.
I've come to appreciate this song over the years. It grows on you. Definitely iconic.
I elect +11 on the volume!

Thanks Bill
Ahhhhh 
The song and band that killed off spandex wearing metal bands.
Had to happen and by God it changed the music scene
Meaningless to comment on this. Oops, I did it again! 10.
For the generation for which this is new: Yes! We totally FAAREEEAKED when this came out. I remember walking into high school Japanese class one particular day and we were all like, did you hear that song?!?! It landed on us like a bomb. Ushered in a new era of music that spoke to us.
 Shaken_Bake wrote:
Did you catch the story about the boy who is the baby on the album cover?  He's 17 now and thinks the 90s were way cool.  But his friends give him shit about his celebrity "There are a lot of people who have seen my penis..."    

Dear lord... That comment is 13 years old now, meaning this kid is now 30...
 deepwoodskev wrote:

Never will forget the first time I heard this. Chicago's 93XRT, May of 1991. Had just graduated from U of I. Absolutely blew my mind and was hooked from the start. Fell hard into the grunge and early 90s alternative rock era. What a great time to be alive!



The Police, after disco. Also a great time!
 Shaken_Bake wrote:
Did you catch the story about the boy who is the baby on the album cover?  He's 17 now and thinks the 90s were way cool.  But his friends give him shit about his celebrity "There are a lot of people who have seen my penis..." {#Dancingbanana}



man, hes 30 now
Never will forget the first time I heard this. Chicago's 93XRT, May of 1991. Had just graduated from U of I. Absolutely blew my mind and was hooked from the start. Fell hard into the grunge and early 90s alternative rock era. What a great time to be alive!
Some music-nerd friends and I recently played a little game - try to name, by decade since the 1950s, the most important/influential song. Lots of spirited debate and great ideas. Except no question about the 1990s...
Smells Like Nirvana
One of those songs I love to hate to love. but when I'm out in the garage, I crank the amp to blow the roof off. think 11.
Nirvana was one of those Seattle bands that gave me hope back in the 90's that Rock wasn't dead. How did I survive the 80's? Elvis Costello was one thing. David Bowie another.
from Song 2 into this..... going to blow my speakers!
Been enjoying this song since it first came out.  Didn't know most of the lyrics until seeing them here on Radio Paradise! They actually make a little more sense than I thought they would.  Oh, to be young and full of teenage angst again. : )
yep, we're stupid and contagious
 eileenomurphy wrote:
Cool! ...the original mix! ...not a butchered remix or remaster!
 
Ha! I get it. Butchered remix of a Butch Vig produced song. 
Buah neno!!!
Cool! ...the original mix! ...not a butchered remix or remaster!
 VH1 wrote:



Agreed - I heard this today at least 5 times...
 


Are you listening Main Mix or another mix (Favourites/Rock)?
 DeemerDave wrote:
RP just played this 4 tracks ago. Not that I dislike Teen Spirit. But WTF?!!
 

Agreed - I heard this today at least 5 times...
RP just played this 4 tracks ago. Not that I dislike Teen Spirit. But WTF?!!
in DENIAL !!!!!!
iconic song. I really don't like Nirvana, but this song is an anthem of a whole generation and music style. 
 LCC0256 wrote:
i know most people under 30 think this band is great.  Always sounded discordant and like a litany of cacophony. Screaming into the mike while strumming guitar riffs that sounded like "jazz" - lack of harmony and soul

 
I'm 54 and still think it's great, like I did in '91 when it came out and I was 30. I also thought the band in it's unique way showed plenty of soul. Harmony? Well they weren't trying to be Paul & Art; the discordance was much of the point with Nirvana.
A day in the life, anarchy in the U.K., bohemian rhapsody, songs that changed the music world forever from their first play-and love each one
Only Bill could follow ELO with Nirvana.  Listen to it hear folks as it is nowhere else.  

 
 LCC0256 wrote:
i know most people under 30 think this band is great.  Always sounded discordant and like a litany of cacophony. Screaming into the mike while strumming guitar riffs that sounded like "jazz" - lack of harmony and soul

 
Pushing 60 and loving every minute of it {#Bananajam}
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/29/46/0f/29460f41782e75401e0848a8a9d13bdc.jpg
Why all the hate? This song is just good fun!
i know most people under 30 think this band is great.  Always sounded discordant and like a litany of cacophony. Screaming into the mike while strumming guitar riffs that sounded like "jazz" - lack of harmony and soul
 melzabutch wrote:
I remember being in Tower records in Boston December 17th 1991, and this came through the speakers, and we all stop and said what the hell was that.  10 minutes later walking out the store with my copy, got some beer and listened all night.  Finally music for my generation, by my generation, not my parents generation.  It was an awesome time to go to shows, and no better place then Bean Town to experience it all.  Thank you for allowing me the soap box for a minute or two.

 

 
I remember my son playing that for me on Friday night music share we had when he and his brother were young and getting into music.  I didn't embrace it for what it was at the time, but after many listens my ears accepted it. My sons and I exchanged lots of music. I became a big fan of STP, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Red hot Chili Peppers, and they became fans of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Queen, Zeppelin, Bowie, and many others.Its fun to share music with your kids.
That was very interesting music Marty
I love the guitar solo in the middle of this song...I'd swear it was George Harrison (white album) it has a hint of yer blues
Can never forget driving (ha!, although being bullied by car like also happens in Lima, Peru, is more like it) in Boston when this came out... I was heading up to Walden Pond, about to launch a long stint in Ishikawa, Japan, seeking inspiration, and this was part of it...
6AM. Finishing off my breakfast.

I guess somewhere in the universe it's Friday night.
{#Dancingbanana_2}
 lowelltr wrote:

YES - hated it then...hate it even more now, which I never thought possible....

 
How sad but you are out numbered. variety - the spice of life.
This is rather silly, but I'm going to admit that whenever I hear this, I think it should be Weird Al Yankovic's version.  Thanks, Al. Moo...
 VH1 wrote:

Yes, but from that nothing is left anymore - the kids today suffocate in their conformity! No more rebellion, just uniformity! {#Ass}

 
Soooooooooo true! :( Unfortunately.
 melzabutch wrote:
I remember being in Tower records in Boston December 17th 1991, and this came through the speakers, and we all stop and said what the hell was that.  10 minutes later walking out the store with my copy, got some beer and listened all night.  Finally music for my generation, by my generation, not my parents generation.  It was an awesome time to go to shows, and no better place then Bean Town to experience it all.  Thank you for allowing me the soap box for a minute or two.

 

 
Yes, but from that nothing is left anymore - the kids today suffocate in their conformity! No more rebellion, just uniformity! {#Ass}
I remember being in Tower records in Boston December 17th 1991, and this came through the speakers, and we all stop and said what the hell was that.  10 minutes later walking out the store with my copy, got some beer and listened all night.  Finally music for my generation, by my generation, not my parents generation.  It was an awesome time to go to shows, and no better place then Bean Town to experience it all.  Thank you for allowing me the soap box for a minute or two.

 
Smells like something...a talentless screamer.
{#Bananajam} CRANK! IT! UP! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 trevc wrote:
Awful crap then, still awful crap now.
 
Sorry to hear it. You might want to try some Pepto Bismol.
 trevc wrote:
Awful crap then, still awful crap now.

 
YES - hated it then...hate it even more now, which I never thought possible....
A song that, 25 years later, still makes me jump and dance spontaneously at noon time can only be a 10 {#Bananajam}
 dbreese wrote:
Fun contrast to Cream's 'White Room' : 2 iconic songs by 2 iconic bands at the height of their power. The albums these two songs were on literally changed the direction rock music was moving in when they were released!

 
Amen to that
Sick!{#Dancingbanana_2}
I even like Paul Anka's "swing" version so that proves that the song is good but the original is the classic and best.
This early 90s rock is always welcome, thanks RP!
the kids are alright
that's what we thought at the time
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rating=8 
 trevc wrote:
Awful crap then, still awful crap now.

 
As they say "to each his own". A 10+ for me.
 Fabienne wrote:
not many songs deserve a 10 - this one definitely does! 

{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Fire}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bounce}{#Roflol} 

 
TRUE! {#Clap}
Awful crap then, still awful crap now.
 daniel_rusk wrote:
Fuck you for killing Yourself. Looser,,

 
As a human being, you fail.
 daniel_rusk wrote:
Fuck you for killing Yourself. Looser,,
 

Pathetic and pitiable!




       Just nod if you can hear me.


 daniel_rusk wrote:
Fuck you for killing Yourself. Looser,,
 
Troll fail.
Learn to spell, then you might at least succeed at being offensive, rather than just the butt of your own "joke".
Fuck you for killing Yourself. Looser,,
 Proclivities wrote:

Maybe you ought to tell him in person, but don't even think of wearing a t-shirt.

 

 
I slice like a fuckin' hammer. That's about 3 minutes in... and it goes on for 5 more? Dude's an artist.
not many songs deserve a 10 - this one definitely does! 

{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Fire}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bounce}{#Roflol} 
Still love this song. The video blew me away back then, so I went to check it out again on YouTube...and had an "All Lost in the Supermarket" moment: a friggin' McDonalds ad had to crawl its oozy way over the screen before I could see Kurt and the Boys. 

I always think that the key (the secret meaning) for this tune is:
"smells like teen spirit: a denial"
Would be teenage years a long practice of denial?
I´m still thinking about.


Appreciate this far more now than I did at the time. Still don't like it though. 
 Proclivities wrote:
The post I referred to was about Mr. Anka's "loungy" cover of this song from a couple of years ago.
 
Roger that.
Still amazed what an a-hole he was in that audio clip.
Reminded me of the Christian Bale tantrum of a few years ago.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Not sure how Paul Anka ended up on a Nirvana comments thread, but that clip (below) was plenty disturbing.
Man, what a prick.

 
The post I referred to was about Mr. Anka's "loungy" cover of this song from a couple of years ago.
 Proclivities wrote:
Maybe you ought to tell him in person, but don't even think of wearing a t-shirt.
 
Not sure how Paul Anka ended up on a Nirvana comments thread, but that clip (below) was plenty disturbing.
Man, what a prick.
Fun contrast to Cream's 'White Room' : 2 iconic songs by 2 iconic bands at the height of their power. The albums these two songs were on literally changed the direction rock music was moving in when they were released!
 chris_bartram wrote:
Will always be a classic.

Paul Anka, you should have been banned from ever being allowed to record again after the your sacrilege.... 

 
Maybe you ought to tell him in person, but don't even think of wearing a t-shirt.

 
Will always be a classic.

Paul Anka, you should have been banned from ever being allowed to record again after the your sacrilege.... 
   {#Yell}  Iconic splendour

Sometimes a song or album comes along and changes everything:

Nevermind

Back in Black - AC/DC

Van Halen 1

etc........


 grant wrote:
The Behind The Music on the making of this album is worth a watch.  Great interviews with Grohl, Novoselic and Butch Vig and the myriad of people working at the SubPop and DGC labels that launched Bleach and Nevermind.

Vig in particular provides some great insight into the creative process that went into the creation of this album.

Nevermind is a musical high water mark and the context and deconstruction of the songs on this album is fascinating.

Sadly, the only thing it's missing are the musings of the creative force that was Kurt Cobain.

 
i saw that. thought it was actually a little silly...at least the parts about the production.  It was a bunch of young guys playing loud rock and roll...what's there to analyze?
 grant wrote:
The Behind The Music on the making of this album is worth a watch.  Great interviews with Grohl, Novoselic and Butch Vig and the myriad of people working at the SubPop and DGC labels that launched Bleach and Nevermind.

Vig in particular provides some great insight into the creative process that went into the creation of this album.

Nevermind is a musical high water mark and the context and deconstruction of the songs on this album is fascinating.

Sadly, the only thing it's missing are the musings of the creative force that was Kurt Cobain.

 
I like the album but not the production, much preferring their other albums in that respect.
fingernails on a chalkboard.....
The Behind The Music on the making of this album is worth a watch.  Great interviews with Grohl, Novoselic and Butch Vig and the myriad of people working at the SubPop and DGC labels that launched Bleach and Nevermind.

Vig in particular provides some great insight into the creative process that went into the creation of this album.

Nevermind is a musical high water mark and the context and deconstruction of the songs on this album is fascinating.

Sadly, the only thing it's missing are the musings of the creative force that was Kurt Cobain.
Nirvana was the best band of the 90's. You don't understand depression or the midset of addicts. Too bad for you.
 daniel_rusk wrote:
Used to love it. Used to play it in our band. Until he blew his head off. Loser. Never want to hear nirvana again. Never.

 
He jests, that never felt a wound.
Cynaera wrote:

There's a law in Nevada that a person can't take pictures of the inside of a casino without prior clearance and with a supervisor present. I don't know if that applies to the rooms - if so, I should have been busted several times. I can't resist taking pictures of the wall art in every room I've ever inhabited...
  

miss you so much Cynaera...  we be partying...
I've rated this an 8 because I love Nirvana and this is a great, classic song. But my honest reaction when it comes on is 'ho hum'.
It rocked then, it rocks now.
Still sounds grrrreat.
Sound City, baby.
 lemmoth wrote:
The most IMPORTANT song of the 90's.

Really good song by a really great band.

As someone with way too much (according to my wife) interest in the history and evolution of rock and roll, this song and video was in real time for me in 1991 .
 
TRUTH!
{#Dancingbanana_2}
 Stingray wrote:

Their only convincing song, if you ask me!

A one-hit wonder...?

A trend-wonder at best!



 
At the very least you need to give Heart Shaped Box another try.
 Jannne wrote:
 probably an 11

{#Drummer} 

 
....... is that all
 Ballzak wrote:

One important lesson I learned by living with someone with mental illness is that you can NEVER "understand" mental illness.  It's trying to rationally comprehend the irrational.  That's like trying to install hardwood flooring with a paint brush.  You've not got the right tool.  You've not got the right basis to begin the game of comprehension. 

Kurt was sick and in pain and beautiful.  Nirvana gave him an outlet and us a socket to plug into his (and the others) artistry.  Hooray for music on both counts.

 
Yes, I do not know why Cobain killed himself -- I am not at all convinced it was mental illness in his case.  It might have been.  I think we need to talk about it though, no?  So many people don't want to talk about these things -- they call it weakness or other things like that.  Many people still claim Depression is not really an illness at all.  What this means is that people suffer in obscurity and fear and do not seek help.  Part of the problem is that there is an illusion that only some of us experience this.  I think a lot, perhaps even most of us do.  Who knows?  When assholes say "shut up, you are weak", then people do just that, and far too many commit suicide.
 probably an 11

{#Drummer} 
 oldfart48 wrote:
from Les  Mc Cann to this is not working....... this is useless noise. ( and very annoying ) as most of this groups work

 
98% of oldfart48's posts I've seen are useless and annoying, while he/she/it can't compose a thought (or type it correctly) better than about 3rd grade level.

Quit trolling the song threads, and go read a book or something.
It's okay.

I just don't get the imagery!

A mulatto, an albino
A mosquito, my libido
A denial! A denial!


The most IMPORTANT song of the 90's.

Really good song by a really great band.

As someone with way too much (according to my wife) interest in the history and evolution of rock and roll, this song and video was in real time for me in 1991  - at the age of 34 -  a seminal moment.  

For my now 30 year old rock and roll playing son - this band - and their melodic, heavy, emotion-packed music - was a central part of his growing up.
These guys really need to come out with some new material.  This is getting old.  ;P
 Stingray wrote:

OLDFART wrote:  


"SHREEKING IRELIVANCY...."


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I write:

I doubt the old fart-man is my grandpa.

Would he be, his English would be better.

Even I - as a German - realize that there are at least 2 big mistakes the way "oldfart"  writes "irrelevancy"!

Not to mention shrieking...

 


the 1st time I heard this one I was like "meh", the second hearing was "wow, yeah!" {#Dancingbanana_2}mind you, I was 13-14 at the time {#Propeller}
A peerless work of indescribable beauty that only hints at what might have been accomplished without all the fucking drugs. RIP my friend.
{#Drummer} ........ is G O D L I K E

OLDFART wrote:  


"SHREEKING IRELIVANCY...."


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 Derecho wrote:



So nice to see Stingray's grandpa here, too!

 

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I write:

I doubt the old fart-man is my grandpa.

Would he be, his English would be better.

Even I - as a German - realize that there are at least 2 big mistakes the way "oldfart"  writes "irrelevancy"!


 Lazarus wrote:


Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

let's pray and party!

 

Is that you, "Russ", showing us the finger...?

Please-please-please send us coupons to your mushrooming parties!


Just jacked the headphones up to MAXIMUM!!! The best song of the 90's, FACT!!  {#Music} {#Drummer} {#Bananajam} {#Kiss} 

Their only convincing song, if you ask me!

A one-hit wonder...?

A trend-wonder at best!


That was a slick segue from Rodrigo y Gabriela. :-)
 gjr wrote:
heard a comedian a few years ago sing this to the same tune:

"had a cash cow
and i blew it
'cause i just did
something stupid
took a 12 guage
and i chewed it"

 

 
Ouch!
 oldfart48 wrote:
if your around 10 or 9 male and braindead.
 
Most 9 year olds know how to spell "you're" . . . unless they're brain-dead.
 oldfart48 wrote:
SHREEKING IRELIVANCY....

 

So nice to see Stingray's grandpa here, too!
Used to love it. Used to play it in our band. Until he blew his head off. Loser. Never want to hear nirvana again. Never.
 Lazarus wrote:


Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

let's pray and party!

 
Now that we can see what the hell you all are up to...party on! 


gillespp wrote:
Awesome song. Get over it.

  
Yeah, but I gotta say: this suffers in comparison when it immediately follows "Compared to What" with Les McCann and Eddie Harris.  
Awesome song. Get over it.
 Stratocaster wrote:

I was at Romeo's place the other day and secretly snapped this....
 

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

let's pray and party!