I f you were around back in the late 80s or early 90s, you probably remember a popular line of deodorant named Teen Spirit; that is, unless your name was Kurt Cobain. As poetic as the name sounds, Smells Like Teen Spirit is a reference to Mennen's woman underarm product. The clinic, instead of providing abortions to expecting teenagers, was actually an pro-life center that encouraged girls to keep their babies, claiming they'd end up in hell otherwise. Since Kurt and I were angry young feminists in the nineties, we decided that we were going to do a little public service that night. I was kinda the pragmatic one and he was more creative so he went over and in 6 foot tall red letters wrote " God Is King. Later that night, drunk out of their minds, the two returned to Kurt's motel, and while Kurt was sleeping, Kathleen grabbed a Sharpie marker and wrote " Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit " all over the wall.
This Week In Rock History: Nirvana Debut ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
This Week In Rock History: Nirvana Debut ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – Rolling Stone
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Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit Lyrics
To make matters worse, guitarist Robbie Robertson was suffering from a degree temperature on the evening of the show. They went on anyway, though they just did seven songs. It was the first time they had ever performed as the Band. Rolling Stone co-founder Ralph Gleason was at the show. The audience hooted and stomped and whistled when the seven songs were over, but that really was all, and they filed sullenly out into the cold dark night.
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