Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit at school concert

Nirvana’s hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, was released as a music video on September 24, 1991, providing a graphic symbol of ‘grunge’ for a growing fan base around the world. The concept of the video, a school concert that unleashes an expression of anarchy, was inspired by the 1979 movie, Over The Edge. The Jonathan Kaplan-directed movie, featuring Matt Dillon, tells the story of rebellious neglected teenagers in New Grenada, a planned community in the desert.

Kurt Cobain in Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit Music Video


“Smells Like Teen Spirit” was filmed on a soundstage in Culver City, set in a prep rally in a high school gym. The band perform to students sitting on bleachers and cheer leaders in black dresses with the circle-A anarchy symbol. A high school janitor rocks along to the music while students become more and more energetic in their moshing. The video finishes with students wrecking the set and instruments, a cleaner tidying up the mess, and someone standing in the gym with a dunce’s hat on his head. Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube

Credits

The track was written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl and produced by Butch Vig and included on the album, “Never Mind”. Download the track from iTunes:

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana on iTunes

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana Music Video on iTunes

Filming was directed by Samuel Bayer, a graduate of New York City’s School of Visual Arts (1987), who chose to light, photograph and operate camera for the video.

Cheerleaders in Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit Music Video

Cleanup in Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit Music Video

The first edit by Samuel Bayer didn’t go down well with the band. Kurt arranged for a re-edit before the video appeared on television screens.

Early edition of Smells Like Teen Spirit at YouTube

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube

Samuel Bayer is currently signed with film production HSI.

Lyrics for Smells Like Teen Spirit

Janitor in Niravana Smells Like Teen Spirit music videoLoad up on guns
Bring your friends
It’s fun to lose and to pretend
She’s overbored and self-assured
Oh no, I know a dirty word

Chorus-
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, 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 mullato an albino
A mosquito my libido
yay

Verse 2-
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

Chorus-
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, 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 mullato an albino
A mosquito my libido
yay

Bridge-

Verse 3-
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 nevermind

Chorus-

Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, 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 mullato an albino
A mosquito my libido
A denial

Nirvana - Nevermind - Smells Like Teen Spirit

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10 Responses to Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit at school concert

  1. dave says:

    Lyric should read

    She’s overbored and self-assured
    Oh no, I know a dirty word

  2. Stephen Souness says:

    Also worthy of note, Wierd Al Yankovic released the parody “Smells Like Nirvana” in 1992 with a great video to match.

  3. erin says:

    hey i love you band

  4. sharmell says:

    itz so havier than heaven…
    but itz…so sappy…
    whatever…NEVERMIND

  5. bananaphone says:

    dave is retarded
    his lyrics are wrong too

  6. Gunara says:

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHhh I MISS Kurt Cobain

  7. yudt says:

    hi..i’m from indonesia..i like this band very much..is a future..all of album i have…kurt a good personal..nice inspiration…like a bomb…nuclear i guess…bravo..nirvana

  8. something234543 says:

    if im right too many hellos

  9. something234543 says:

    pity kurts dead

  10. Javier Carrillo says:

    Ah…. a true classic… miss Kurt…

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