Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Teen Spirit Redux


Sal's comments on Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" were so illuminating, I am posting them here for y'all:
Sal writes:
As an intolerable musichead, I feel compelled to mention that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a double entendre.
The concept a pool of feeling shared by all teens is definitely the primary meaning - as evidenced by the bassist's comment.
But Teen Spirit is also a brand of deodorant that aired its first TV ads (above, left) a few years before Nirvana hit the bigtime with this single.

Maybe everyone already knew that.

[Fresca comments: Yeah, sure. Except me, I guess.]

Also, have you seen the video for that song? It features the Cheerleaders of Anarchy, a concept that amuses me endlessly:
Teen Spirit.

My favorite part of the song is the most nonsensical, “A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, and a beetle.”
What are THOSE guys doing hanging out together in the chorus of this angry song?

3 comments:

Krista said...

Oh, the Cheerleaders of Anarchy! How I loved them. And there were real live ones a couple of years ago at a local arts festival: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thispublicaddress/159706999/

Matt_J said...

Didn't any of your high schools have pep rallies before big football, hockey and basketball games or is that something they only did in Owatonna? They were always talking about spirit, we've got spirit yes we do, we've got spirit, how about you! Those pep rallies were surreal and I am indebted to Mr. Cobain for insightfully hitting the nail on the head. Pep band. Flag corps. Our principal, The Bean.

fresca said...

Pep rallies!?!
Who goes to those?
Oh, the Bean.... Yeah, too sad...