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:
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:
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?