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Smells Like Teen Spirit was released on September 10 , turning Nirvana into stars and changing the musical landscape in the process. Here's a bluffer's guide to the song. 1) Kurt Cobain admitted that he was trying to rip off the Pixies when writing Smells Like Teen Spirit. TeamRock+. 2) It was one of. Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of the group Bikini Kill, gave Cobain the idea for the title when she spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his bedroom wall after a night of drinking and spraying graffiti around the Seattle area. In his pre-Courtney Love days, Cobain went out with Bikini Kill lead singer Tobi Vail, but. Before it became a famous song, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was graffiti spray-painted across Kurt Cobain's bedroom wall. Cobain and his friend Kathleen Hanna (lead singer of the feminist-punk band Bikini Kill) were sitting around Cobain's apartment, drinking beers to pass the time in the aftermath of a double-date that. In Nirvana played their hit song 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' for the Top Of The Pops under strict BBC rules. For the live performance, production staff had ordered that only Cobain's vocals were to be performed live meaning that the bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl had to mime along to a. If 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. Cobain came up with the song's title when his friend Kathleen Hanna, at the time the lead singer of the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill, wrote “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on his wall. Since they had been discussing anarchism, punk rock, and similar topics, Cobain interpreted the slogan as having a revolutionary meaning. In a January Rolling Stone interview, months before his death, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain revealed that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was an attempt to write a song in the style of the Pixies, a band he greatly admired. He explained: I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies.Origins and recording · Lyrics and interpretation · Music video · Parodies and. Lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" song by Nirvana: Load up on guns, bring your friends It's fun to lose and to pretend She's over bored and self assure.