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"Smells Like Teen Spirit” - Nirvana

Artwork for the single release of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana.

Andrew Luke
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was released in 1991. The band recorded the legendary track at Sound City Studios in California.

Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Music video by Nirvana performing "Smells Like Teen Spirit." (C) 1991 Geffen Records.

Andrew Luke
The video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was filmed in a studio in Culver City, not in some random lucky fan's high school gym!

Lyrics for "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Load up on guns, bring your friends
It's fun to lose and to pretend
She's over bored and self assured
Oh no, I know a dirty word

Hello, hello, hello, how low? [x3]
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My libido
Yeah, hey, yay

I'm worse at what I do best
And for this gift I feel blessed
Our little group has always been
And always will until the end

Hello, hello, hello, how low? [x3]
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My libido
Yeah, hey, yay

And I forget just why I taste
Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard, it's hard to find
Oh well, whatever, never mind

Hello, hello, hello, how low? [x3]
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My libido

A denial! [x9]

Andrew Luke
"Mulatto" is a term to describe a person who has one black parent and one white parent, or mulatto parents.

Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

If you ever wanted to sing along to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana, now you can with this great lyric video!

Andrew Luke
The legacy of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is that it is now considered one of the greatest songs ever recorded!

Songwriters Nirvana

Andrew Luke
All three members of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, were given writing credits for their grunge anthem, although the lyrics are all Cobain's.
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