Kurt Cobain wrote the ultimate grunge anthem in , but what inspired him to coin that strange title? And what does it mean? Released as a single on 10 September , the track was the trailer for the mammoth Nevermind album, released later that month. The song became the calling card for Generation X - a nihilistic, revolutionary call-to-arms that was… nothing of the sort. But what about the title? I took out a Sharpie marker and I wrote a bunch of shit all over his bedroom wall. I woke up and I had one of those hangovers where you think that if you walked in the next room, there could be a dead body in there. There was this thing that you wrote on my wall and it was actually kind of cool. You can use whatever you want. Cobain had no idea that it was a deodorant.
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Smells Like Teen Spirit was released on September 10 , turning Nirvana into superstars and changing the musical landscape in the process. We're guessing you've already heard it seven thousand times, but here's a bluffer's guide to the song. She was referring to the deodorant Teen Spirit. In a way, I feel the song affected a generation of kids in the 90s. They could relate to it. The fans in the video were all from a gig the band had done two days previously at The Roxy in West Hollywood. They gave out flyers there, inviting everyone to come along. The fans were angry and fed up at the end of the shoot, which took over 12 hours, and they were allowed to go mental and destroy the set.
It is the opening track and lead single from the band's second album, Nevermind , released on DGC Records. The unexpected success of the song propelled Nevermind to the top of several albums charts at the start of , an event often marked as the point where grunge entered the mainstream. The song was dubbed an "anthem for apathetic kids" of Generation X , but Nirvana grew uncomfortable with the attention it brought them. In the years since Kurt Cobain 's death, listeners and critics have continued to praise "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as one of the greatest songs in the history of music. The music video for the song is based on the concept of a school concert which ends in anarchy and riot, inspired by Jonathan Kaplan 's film Over the Edge and the Ramones ' film Rock 'n' Roll High School. In subsequent years Amy Finnerty, formerly of MTV 's programming department, claimed the video "changed the entire look of MTV" by giving the channel "a whole new generation to sell to". Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain said that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was an attempt to write a song in the style of the Pixies , a band he greatly admired:. I was trying to write the ultimate pop song.