June 14, 2007
Thursday YouTubein’ — Smells Like Teen Spirit
I’m thinking I’ll try to make Thursday YouTubein’ a weekly tradition as well. I heard this song on the radio yesterday and was reminded of just how well it’s holding up, 16 years later. It was one of the first cassette singles I ever purchased, never guessing what brilliance I was capturing with my hard-earned babysitting money.
Tori Amos performs the song in the following video — this is how I was able to learn the bulk of the lyrics:
And finally, Weird Al Yankovic’s version: “Smells Like Nirvana.” I once heard a story that I hope is true: Nirvana (or at least one member thereof) was excited by the idea that Weird Al wanted to do a parody of them, because they (he) felt like it meant they’d made it. (It’s a striking contrast to Coolio’s reaction to “Amish Paradise.”)