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1,000 Musicians Perform Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in Epic Video

1,000 Musicians Perform Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in Epic Video

A video featuring thousands of musicians performing Nirvana’s famous track Smells Like Teen Spirit is currently making its rounds on social media. 

The video, which was posted on Instagram earlier this fall, shows off the musicians performing the song in a stadium. The musicians were drummers, guitarists, and singers. “This would be epic to see in person,” the caption reads. “Perchance.”

Smells Like Teen Spirit is the opening track and lead single for Nirvana’s second album, Nevermind. The record was released in 1991 and was a success the following year by topping numerous album charts. Smells Like Teen Spirit was notably included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s  “The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll list. It was also ranked at number 80 on the Recording Industry Association of America’s Songs of the Century list in 2001. 

While speaking about writing the song, the frontman of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain stated he had written the song in the same style as the Pixies. He said he admired the group’s work over the years. 

“I was trying to write the ultimate pop song,” he told Rolling Stone. He then said he was 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.”

Nirvana’s Frontman Kurt Cobain Disliked ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ — Here’s Why 

Although Smells Like Teen Spirit turned out to be a huge success for Nirvana, Kurt Cobain grew to dislike the track. 

According to Loudwire, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl confirmed that Cobain ended up not being a fan of Smells Like Teen Spirit after a while. “Kurt probably wanted to sell 20 million records and be the biggest band in the world,” Grohl explained. “But I’m sure he didn’t want all the baggage that came along with it. I’m sure he didn’t even realize what baggage came along with it. Nobody did. I didn’t.” 

The media outlet noted that Nirvana managed to attract a mainstream audience with the single. However, Cobain stopped wanting to perform it live. “I literally want to throw my guitar down and walk away,” he once said. “I can’t prevent to have a good time playing [the song].”

It was further revealed that Cobain felt the same way about other Nirvana songs. He said if Drain You had become as popular as Teen Spirit, he would have stopped it as well.