Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit


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An evening pause: Performed by Cinematic Pop Orchestra and Choir.

Hat tip Wayne DeVette.

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7 comments

  • Joe

    Very nice version of an iconic rock song, nice find Wayne!

  • Mitch S

    Okay… interesting but I have to say a bit weird.
    Never imagined getting dressed up to go to Symphony Hall to hear Nirvana music.
    Wish Cobain was alive to see this!
    Back in the early 90’s “Nirvana” and “orchestra/choir” were two things one would never think of at the same time.
    This song was from the album with the naked baby swimming after the dollar.
    But it does illustrate the fact that Cobain’s music wasn’t just noise and screaming – there is real melody, he was a genuine talent.

    What’s next a version of “Polly” ?
    (“Polly wants a cracker
    I think I should get off her first
    I think she wants some water
    To put out the blow torch”)

    How about White Zombie’s “More Human than Human”?!!

  • eddie willers

    Didn’t get it then, don’t get it now.

  • wayne

    Joe-
    Thank Mr. Z.
    I might have suggested the original music-video version (500 millions plays on YouTube) but the words are impossible to hear.

    Mitch–
    There is an excellent acoustic version of Polly, that was done on MTV-Unplugged. “More Human than Human,” yow– that’s now an earworm in my head for the rest of the day!

    eddie– here’s a version you might enjoy:

    Weird Al Yankovic –
    “Smells Like Nirvana”
    https://youtu.be/FklUAoZ6KxY

  • Edward

    Mitch S wrote: “But it does illustrate the fact that Cobain’s music wasn’t just noise and screaming – there is real melody, he was a genuine talent.

    The importance of orchestration. Done one way, it comes out just noise and screaming, done another way we hear the lyrics, melody, and talent.

    It reminds me of the movie Music and Lyrics:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C6sSZlVKZE (trailer: 2 minutes)

  • C Cecil

    The Scorpions performing Rock You Like a Hurricane with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is a good one too!

  • wayne

    C Cecil–
    not one of my favorites, but I did look up that Scorpion’s tune and it’s done very well. Thank you!
    (finally got “More Human Than Human” out of my head!)

    Edward-
    Thanks for that Trailer, I might track that down and watch it.

    tangentially– I was listening to some Linkin Park earlier, some of those tunes have outrageously yuuge Views on YouTube.

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