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"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Tori-Amos Little-Earthquakes.jpg
B-side from Little Earthquakes

Released

March 1992 ("Winter" single)
June 1992 ("Crucify" single)

Length

3:18

Label

Atlantic, East West

Writer

Kurt Cobain (lyrics), Nirvana (music)

Producer

Ian Stanley

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a B-side from Tori Amos's 1992 debut solo album Little Earthquakes.

Background[]

Critical reception and reaction[]

Joe Vallese of PopMatters noted that Tori's cover arguably "sparked the dialogue surrounding [her] in 1992 and expedited the “love her or hate her” branding." http://www.popmatters.com/post/163784-the-top-tori-amos-covers/P1/

What did Cobain say

Live performances[]

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was first performed during the 1992 Little Earthquakes Tour and has been played on almost all of her tours since.[1]

Two days after Cobain committed suicide in 1994, Tori performed "American Pie" by Don McLean and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" together in Dublin, "because American Pie is what I heard over and over in my head the night he killed himself." As Tori began to play "American Pie" to an audience of 2,500, she commented that "it started like a whisper, and then in perfect pitch, in perfect rhythm, very softly, they all sang American Pie with me."

A live performance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is included on Live at Montreux.

Lyrics[]

Personnel[]

Credits taken from US "Crucify" EP.[2]

  • Engineer — Steve Jackson
  • Lyrics by Kurt Cobain
  • Music by Nirvana
  • Producer — Ian Stanley

References[]

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