What Makes This Song Great?™ Ep.90 Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

  • Опубліковано 19 тра 2020
  • In this episode we continue to explore the Nirvana song that changed the direction of Rock music "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    Kurt Cobain - lead vocals, lead guitar
    Krist Novoselic - bass
    Dave Grohl - drums, backing vocals
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  • Rick Beato
    Rick Beato  Рік тому +165

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  • Jeffrey Hamilton
    Jeffrey Hamilton Рік тому +3

    “It doesn’t matter if people know what they are doing if they can just do it intuitively” this applies to so much of life.

  • Samuel Shin

    I remember reading Kurt Cobain's biography, and to my surprise and delight, that despite his disheveled appearance and don't-care persona, i learned that he was absolutely meticulous with his music. There was a segment that described how their band practices were very serious and that Kurt wld be obsessive and intentional about every note and nuance. That he wld force the band to restart the song if there even a slight mistake. I feel like I needed to add this little detail bc Rick does address the fact that many incorrectly think Kurts music was all intuition. The man was an extremely hard working genius. For me it makes me respect and admire his work even more.

  • Rexx
    Rexx  +268

    Three decades later I'm still waiting for that Teen Spirit moment to come around again. To hear a song that just blows everyone's doors off and becomes a cultural phenomenon. I don't know if I'll ever experience something quite like that again.

  • evo lve
    evo lve Рік тому +319

    “Here we are now. Entertain us.”

  • Javier Bernardo

    This last words “a denial!” Made me cry. How powerful and gore perfectly executed. I’m an opera singer and this is raw feeling the falling off the scream at the end… OMG!!! Hering him singing alone in your explanation… Jesus goosebumps… what an incredible song.

  • hottroddchevelle
    hottroddchevelle Рік тому +312

    My friends and I had the privilege of seeing Dave Grohl’s first show with Nirvana in Olympia WA at a place called Northshore surf club. He really did bring a lot of power to an already powerful sound, and I also remember when I first heard this song I was just obsessed with the drum beat and how innovative it sounded for such a dirty song. It was a great time to be young

  • Jack Shoplock
    Jack Shoplock Рік тому +1

    God it’s so haunting to hear Kurt’s isolated vocals

  • Brandon Buchner

    I loved Weird Al's version... when Al asked Cobain if he could parody it, Cobain, familiar with Al's past work asked him "is it going to be about food?" Al responded "no... it's going to be about how nobody understands your lyrics." Lol

  • Dreadpirate

    It always amazes me, whenever I hear Kurt's voice soloed, just how strong and full his vocals are. Many rock singers rely on the sonics of the rest of the band to cover up a lack of strength, or a certain awkwardness, but Kurt's vocals sound exactly the same soloed as they do unsoloed.

  • Surannhealz
    Surannhealz Рік тому +89

    Their MTV Unplugged album really changed my outlook on Nirvana. The song selections and Kurts dynamic voice showed just how much they understood what they were doing. It’s my favorite album by them, but it requires the other albums to exist to appreciate how dynamic they were.

  • Victor Hawkins

    Didn't matter that Kurt "didn't know what he was doing." He could HEAR it. He could PLAY it. I've heard a lot of things in my life that are way beyond my abilities to perform them. He had both the ears and the chops.

  • Christopher Fea
    Christopher Fea Рік тому +105

    I was 10 when this album came out, and the crazy thing was my Dad bought it. My Dad is a boomer that would normally listen to mid-1960's music like The Beach Boys, The Lovin' Spoonful, etc. Probably the newest record he owned was Michael Jackson's Thriller. So when he bought this it was a shock to me and suddenly my Dad was cool in my eyes and we could both enjoy music together.

  • Jeffrey Ball
    Jeffrey Ball 2 роки тому +1

    I don't understand 98% of what Rick says because I have no musical talent or training. However, when I watch these videos, it's more like "this is why you like this song". I also get to hear all of those nuances we all know are there, but are hidden in the mix. I love watching these even though it's way over my head :-)

  • Tam Nightingale

    One thing I noticed about Kurt's melodies that sets them high and above most music is when broken down as by Rick here, they sound like medieval madrigals. This and 'Lithium' are prime examples.

  • Rey Guzman

    Dave's drumming had a lot of funk influence in his playing. For me, that was made Nirvana one of the greatest bands because we think they just a bunch of kids making noise but they very intentional with their music.

  • Listen to Lisa
    Listen to Lisa Рік тому +125

    When Tori Amos first covered this song she was one of the first to discover just how haunting those chord progressions were-especially when articulated on the piano.

  • Jacob Seal

    This song is genius. SO simple. SO aggressive. Incredible melody. I have been listening to it for 2 decades and I still want to jump out of my chair when it comes on. Just perfect.

  • Kiмoтcнi
    Kiмoтcнi Рік тому +59

    I have a new-found level of appreciation for this iconic song after Rick broke down every part of it like no one else but him. What blew me away was when Rick isolated the vocals & instruments, hearing them on its own & then explaining why it worked so well when put together. Very well done.

  • AxemanTitan
    AxemanTitan 2 роки тому +2

    Dave Grohl beats the drums like they owe him money.