Joel Rose. Kurt Cobain in the studio with Nirvana in late This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR. Nirvana was largely unknown outside of punk and indie rock circles in the Pacific Northwest. The band hadn't even recorded the song yet, which meant that nearly everybody in the room was hearing it for the very first time.
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'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' The Anthem For A Generation That Didn't Want One
Behind The Song: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana « American Songwriter
Joel Rose. If you are a member of Generation X, like me - the generation sandwiched between baby boomers and millennials - there's a good chance you remember the first time you heard these chords. The song became an anthem for a generation that was ambivalent about traditional values and jaded with mainstream culture. We first aired this story back in April. ROSE: There's a grainy video of the show.
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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. It was actually a front for a right-wing group persuading girls not to get abortions.
Many iconic albums are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year , from Adele's "21," released a decade ago last month , to Carole King's "Tapestry," which turns 50 on Wednesday. The album arrived with minimal fanfare: It debuted at No. Grohl is now the frontman of his own band, Foo Fighters, which released its 10th album "Medicine at Midnight" last week. I just knew sonically, this is going to make people move.