Back when he was dating Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill—the riot grrrl band fronted by Kathleen Hanna that I know, love, and screamed along to with all my teenage angst regularly back in high school—the two bands hung out pretty frequently. During a drunken trip to the grocery store, Hanna and Vail stopped in the deodorant aisle, and thought the name Teen Spirit was downright hilarious. What does teen spirit smell like? Like pot mixed with sweat? Like the smell when you throw up in your hair at a party? Cobain later told Hanna he was writing a song using that title, without knowing anything about the drugstore product.
Science Says Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit Is The Most Iconic Song Ever
The Story Behind Smells Like Teen Spirit
Scientists are back, and they're still messing with your record collection. As we learned Wednesday, it is apparently possible via science to determine what the most "feel-good" song of all time is hello, Queen ; now it has been revealed that one researcher has used software and a formula to determine what the most "iconic" song of all time is. Combining "best-of" lists from major music magazines along with a computer program that analyzed elements like songs' keys, beats per minute, chord variety and lyrical content, Dr. Mick Grierson of the University of London has determined that According to Grierson, that means the record sounds exciting and holds listeners' interest, while also sounding unique. He determined that the 50 songs that appear in "best-ever" lists have some things in common:.
Was Smells Like Teen Spirit really named after a deodorant?
But Cyrus is hardly the first pop singer to take on the grunge classic. Also, it should be noted that she actually has a family connection to Kurt Cobain: Her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, was actually friends with the late Nirvana frontman. This may have scared off a lot of voters — he was eliminated only a few weeks later.
The song was written to poke fun at the fact that many people had a hard time understanding Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain 's lyrics in the original song. After being unable to contact Nirvana by conventional means, Yankovic called Cobain while the band was on the set of Saturday Night Live , where Cobain quickly gave permission to record the parody. Recording the song was a change for Yankovic and his band. Usually, the group were forced to record several overdubs.