Kurt Cobain stops sexual assault during a Nirvana gig, 1993
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Nirvana classic ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ hits one billion views on YouTube

Yesterday, Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ marked yet another moment in history when it reached one billion views on YouTube. Widely regarded as Nirvana’s signature song, the tune opened up their breakthrough album Nevermind.

Nevermind would come to be known as one of the most successful and influential albums of all time. Its raw passion and energy saw it rise to the top of the charts and is still influence new generations three decades on.

The video for teen anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is as iconic as the song. It sees Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic perform in a high-school gym to a raucous gaggle of teens moshing to their heart’s content.

The video, it turns out, wasn’t actually filmed in a school. In fact, it was filmed on a soundstage on Stage 6 at GMT Studios Culver city on 17th August 1991.

Although the set may not have been a real high-school, as well as having some students there, there may have also been young adults pretending to be anarchic school kids. Nirvana’s casting call flyer asked that fans willing to appear in the video should be “18 to 25 years old and adapt a high-school persona” such as “preppy, punk, nerd [and] jock”.

The song was named after a deodorant called Teen Spirit and a friend of Kurt’s who wrote “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit” on Cobain’s wall.

Whether you are young or old, enjoy this throwback and get jumping around the living room to this grunge classic. Here’s to the next billion!

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