This song may have no real meaning It could've been the drugs, that's true Either way, it has taken on meaning far beyond what he maybe even expected, as an anthem of apathy and, well
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.
After 25 years of existence the popularity of this song has barely gone down. Kurt Cobain committed suicide in and Nirvana broke apart. A great vocalist was lost to the world due to drugs.
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For starters, the author of the song Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain did not know what the term "teen spirit" meant when he used it as the title; he thought it was an arcane anti-establishment motto, when in fact it was the name of a mildly popular deodorant aimed at young females. In this sense, the song resembles the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds: the public at the time, quite naturally, thought the song was about LSD, the public's favorite drug, while John Lennon always insisted that it was actually an innocent tune inspired by one of his son Julian's drawings. The fact that the dreamy song alludes to such phantasmagoric entities as "newspaper taxis" and "plasticine porters with looking-glass ties" has led many observers to believe that Lennon was not being on the level here.
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All rights reserved. Intro Lyrics Meaning. He was no longer just Kurt Cobain; he had become, to borrow the title of one of his many biographies, " Kurt Cobain: Voice of a Generation.
Smells Like Teen Spirit was a single from Nevermindthe 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 Xwho, like Cobain, found themselves confused and uncertain about the world around them.
It is the opening track and lead single from the band's second album, Nevermindreleased on DGC Records. The unexpected success propelled Nevermind to the top of the charts at the start ofan event often marked as the point where grunge entered the mainstream. The song was dubbed an "anthem for apathetic kids" of Generation X  but the band grew uncomfortable with the attention it brought them.
I f you were around back in the late 80s or early 90s, you probably remember a popular line of deodorant named Teen Spirit; that is, unless your name was Kurt Cobain. As poetic as the name sounds, Smells Like Teen Spirit is a reference to Mennen's woman underarm product. The clinic, instead of providing abortions to expecting teenagers, was actually an pro-life center that encouraged girls to keep their babies, claiming they'd end up in hell otherwise.