I f you were around back in the late 80s or early 90s, you probably remember a popular line of deodorant named Teen Spirit; that is, unless your name was Kurt Cobain. As poetic as the name sounds, Smells Like Teen Spirit is a reference to Mennen's woman underarm product. The clinic, instead of providing abortions to expecting teenagers, was actually an pro-life center that encouraged girls to keep their babies, claiming they'd end up in hell otherwise. Since Kurt and I were angry young feminists in the nineties, we decided that we were going to do a little public service that night.
It is the opening track and lead single from the band's second album, Nevermind , released on DGC Records. The unexpected success propelled Nevermind to the top of the charts at the start of , an event often marked as the point where grunge entered the mainstream. The song was dubbed an "anthem for apathetic kids" of Generation X ,   but the band grew uncomfortable with the attention it brought them. In the years since Kurt Cobain 's death, listeners and critics have continued to praise "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as one of the greatest songs in the history of rock music.
Smells Like Teen Spirit was a single from Nevermind , the album that catapulted Nirvana to fame. The popularity of the song, the album, and the band is sometimes considered the catalyst for bringing alternative rock, and especially the s grunge genre, to the mainstream. It served as an anthem for many of Generation X , who, like Cobain, found themselves confused and uncertain about the world around them. Rolling Stone would later vote it the 9th best song of all time.
Nirvana's "Nevermind" was released on Sept. Perhaps they weren't always understood at the time -- MTV even misspelled the group's Moon Man award in as "Smells Like Team Spirit" -- but over the years Nirvana has certainly captured the zeitgeist for anyone who wishes to come as they are, no matter what team spirit they feel. A special thanks to Charles Cross , a journalist whose reporting was invaluable to the many books sourced below. After spray painting a right-wing teen pregnancy center, with Cobain writing "God is gay," the two hung out and got more drunk in Cobain's apartment. Hanna started writing things in Sharpie on Cobain's rental apartment walls.