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Smells Like Teen Spirit Lyrics
The Story Of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' – How Nirvana's Breakout Hit Began A Youth Revolution - NME
For starters, the author of the song Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain did not know what the term "teen spirit" meant when he used it as the title; he thought it was an arcane anti-establishment motto, when in fact it was the name of a mildly popular deodorant aimed at young females. In this sense, the song resembles the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds: the public at the time, quite naturally, thought the song was about LSD, the public's favorite drug, while John Lennon always insisted that it was actually an innocent tune inspired by one of his son Julian's drawings. The fact that the dreamy song alludes to such phantasmagoric entities as "newspaper taxis" and "plasticine porters with looking-glass ties" has led many observers to believe that Lennon was not being on the level here. Smells Like Teen Spirit is generally conceded to be one of the most epochal songs in the history of rock'n'roll. This is because it constitutes the fault line separating the "alternative", grunge era of the early Nineties from the "hair-band" era of the Eighties. As has been noted before, Nirvana was both the kiss of death and the death of Kiss.
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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 Hello, hello, hello, how low Hello, hello, hello, how low 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.
This song may have no real meaning It could've been the drugs, that's true Either way, it has taken on meaning far beyond what he maybe even expected, as an anthem of apathy and, well Has anybody stopped at looked at how "teen spirit" could be a play on "team spirit"? Because, while teams focus on the collective goals of a group, many teenagers particularly from Cobain's generation, Generation x are focused more on themselves and their own goals.