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Vimeo user turns Nirvana’s “Teen Spirit” into summer pop song

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A Vimeo user named Sleep Good has taken Nirvana‘s angst-ridden grunge classic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and changed its tuning from the original key of F-minor to a major scale — transforming the moody anthem for disaffected youth into a summery pop-punk celebration.

The result sounds “a little less Smashing Pumpkins and a lot more Weezer,” according to Billboard, with Sleep Good even renaming it “Teen Sprite” and pretending it’s from a band called “Nirvirna” who hail from sunny Southern California coastal town La Jolla and not rainy, gloomy Aberdeen, Washington.

  • Ironically, late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain told Rolling Stone in January 1994 that he originally composed “Teen Spirit” in an attempt to “write the ultimate pop song.”
  • Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson recalled producer Howard Benson‘s reaction in 1991 when the original “Teen Spirit” came out: “Howard was, you know, working on this record which in his words was like the last hair band to be making a record kind of thing, and they kind of looked up and there was the video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ up. So they kind of just were mesmerized by it, kind of stopped what they were doing and turned the volume up and listened to it. And then, you know, Howard turned around to these guys with perms and said, ‘We are so f***ed’ (laughs). That explained how defining that moment was when ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ came out.”
  • Cobain began writing “Teen Spirit” a few weeks before recording began on Nirvana’s 1991 landmark album Nevermind. Bassist Krist Novoselic at first thought the song was “ridiculous,” but producer Butch Vig thought the tune had promise.
  • Cobain came up with the song’s title when his friend Kathleen Hanna from the band Bikini Kill wrote “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on his wall. Hanna meant that Cobain smelled like the deodorant Teen Spirit, which his girlfriend at the time used.
  • The song was recorded for Nevermind at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California in May 1991. Both the basic tracks and Cobain’s vocal were recorded in three takes.
  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was issued as the first single from Nevermind in September 1991, but was not initially expected to become a hit. It ended up become a monster track, hitting Number One at Modern Rock radio and Number Six on the Billboard Hot 100 while selling more than a million copies.


READ: For more on this story and remix, head to Consequence Of Sound

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to “Teen Sprite” from “Nirvirna”



Here’s the original

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