Poetic Justice Smells Like Teen Spirit T-shirt Inspired by Nirvana 1991
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Smells Like Teen Spirit was the lead track on Nirvana's second album, Nevermind and released in 1991. The song was Nirvana's biggest selling single and helped propel Nevermind to the top of the Album charts.
Kurt Kobain said that he was attempting to write the ultimate pop song and honestly confessed that he basically ripped off the Pixies, a band that he greatly admired.
Interestingly the song title came about when Kurts friend, Kathleen Hanna, one day wrote the words 'Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit' on his wall. He thought it was a revolutionary slogan as they had been discussing anarchism and punk rock earlier that day. It turns out that she innocently meant that Kurt smelt of the deodorant 'Teen Spirit' that his girlfriend Tobi Vail was wearing! Kurt only found this out months after the single release.
I don't know about you but we suspect that the revolutionary concept was in mind when the lyrics were written rather than the sweet smell of girls deodorant.
In the years following Cobains death and the band break up the song continued to gain acclaim. It was inducted into Rock n Roll's Hall of Fame list of The Greatest Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll and often lauded as one of the greatest of all time.
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