It also brought their Seattle grunge sound recorded in Los Angeles to the pop charts. The song went to number one in America, as it did all over much of the world. It was an international hit right from the start. Its title came from graffiti by his friend Kathleen Hanna.
Smells Like Teen Spirit at 30: Dave Grohl recalls 'bananas' first time Nirvana played it live
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Hip-hop and rap music are dominating the charts more often than guitar-riff based songs typically attributed to rock music. But if you take a look back into the 70s, 80s, 90s — and even certain parts of the early s — you can see when rock music often dominated charts and lead to crossover hits and high acclaim from fans. When Nirvana first emerged with their album Nevermind, they along with Pearl Jam, set the tone for what grunge rock music was, and would be. A large part of the allure of the song is the lyrics, or rather the mystery behind them. The guitar solo towards the end of the song mimics the melody of the vocals, and ranks as one of the greatest guitar solos ever. Cobain famously used a Fender Competition Mustang guitar on the track.
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On September 29, , Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video premiered on MTV's " Minutes," an event that, in the years that followed, would come to signify the beginning of rock's great renaissance and usher in a cultural shift that would define a generation. Of course, back then, it was just another video on another Sunday night, and no one — not even "" host Dave Kendall — thought otherwise. I was moved but I really didn't have any idea it would explode to the extent it did. There's the truth. To be fair, no one did.