Nirvana Debuted 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' 22 Years Ago Tonight
Posted 4/17/2013 9:00:00 PM

Twenty-two years ago tonight, Nirvana  debuted an in-progress song called "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at the OK Hotel in  Seattle. The group was weeks away from beginning work on Nevermind at  Sound City Studios, and they had been hard at work writing new songs for months.  "I was trying to write the ultimate pop song," Kurt Cobain told Rolling Stone in 1993. "I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to  admit it. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud  and hard."

The band didn't initially feel the song was anything special. "It was such a  cliched riff," said Cobain. "It was so close to a Boston riff or 'Louie, Louie.'  When I came up with the guitar part, Krist [Novoselic] looked at me and said,  'That is so ridiculous.' I made the band play it for an hour and a  half."

Read the rest at Rolling Stone

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