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Smells Like Teen Spirit (Original Post) JoeOtterbein Jan 2020 OP
I hope the trend of trashing Nirvana The Polack MSgt Jan 2020 #1
Thank! GOD! underpants Jan 2020 #2
+1 Docreed2003 Jan 2020 #3
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The Polack MSgt

(13,210 posts)
1. I hope the trend of trashing Nirvana
Wed Jan 29, 2020, 07:35 AM
Jan 2020

And this song in particular is over.

This was an era defining classic song.

There are veey few times in any genre where you can say there is a before and after this...

But in rock there was definately a before and after Nirvana, and it was this song thst introduced the world to them.


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2. Thank! GOD!
Wed Jan 29, 2020, 07:59 AM
Jan 2020

My best friend the first time he heard this song on the big rock FM station where we grew up. The instant end of hair bands and old rock star ballads. Yes, there was before and after...and after has been a lot better.

We knew of Nirvana because we listened primarily to alternative (win it was alternative). They made Bleach for something like $800. That was pre-Dave Grohl.


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3. +1
Wed Jan 29, 2020, 08:30 AM
Jan 2020

It's become trendy to crap on Cobain and Nirvana but I think you are absolutely correct. The era prior to Nirvana's break out was dominated by synthesized music and hair bands. "Teen Spirt" and the album "Nevermind" were groundbreaking for most of America. I know they certainly had that impact on my teen years. It's true they weren't the first band out of Seattle to play what they did, but they certainly opened the door to a ton of bands that were focused on a return to a more authentic rock sound. I would also add that Cobain is a underrated guitarist as well. Most people hear the power cords and think it's simple but he's doing a lot more than just power chords if you actually break down the sound of that opening. Some of it is attributed to his non traditional style but it's not easy to accurately replicate the real sound on the album.

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