Nirvana Butchers "Smells Like Teen Spirit" On Purpose
Nirvana was set to perform their recent hit single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the British music chart television program "Top of the Pops." At the time, the show had a policy that required artists to sing live vocals over pre-recorded back tracks. As you would expect, Kurt Cobain and his bandmates would not let this go without having some fun.

What resulted was, and still is, one of the greatest middle fingers and live performances ever -- the band literally made its own shred video.

Cobain opts for slow, exaggerated strums during the few times he touches his guitar, sings an octave lower (he later confirmed he was imitating Morrisey from The Smiths), and attempts to eat his microphone at one point. He also changes some of the lyrics, exchanging the opening line "load up on guns, bring your friends," for "load up on drugs, kill your friends." Dave Grohl hits cymbals and skins at random, doing more dancing than drumming. Krist Novoselic even swings his bass above his head. And despite these ridiculous antics, the crowd goes absolutely insane.

  • Lucky Lamo
    Lucky Lamo

    I bet the people thete thought it was both the best and worst concert they have ever been to

  • ryannorris1

    I also heard of a story about a concert they played in Brazil (I think), and the fans were bashing an all female opening band. So Nirvana didn't play any of their hits; just lesser known songs. Randomly they would tease Smells Like Teen Spirit with the first couple of chords, and then stop haha

  • Zachary M
    Zachary M

    Bada bido

  • James Curtis
    James Curtis


  • Pepijn

    This is how Rick Astley would sing it. They rick rolled everybody before the internet!

  • RUNA


  • nomad 101
    nomad 101

    Sisters of Mercy is that you!!!

  • peW p3w
    peW p3w

    1:24 LMFAOOOOO

  • Pablo Lütke-Stetzkamp
    Pablo Lütke-Stetzkamp

    Great Morrissey impression

  • Lautaro Rodrigez Silva
    Lautaro Rodrigez Silva

    La la love you 😂

    • DanielSpaniel

      Are you talking about The Pixies song or something else?

  • Magnus Grande
    Magnus Grande

    Still sounds pretty good. Plot twist: Kurt Cobain is Sebastián from black butler.

  • Tonpas lil hoe
    Tonpas lil hoe

    So basically Kurt doing a Morrissey impression

  • ANOK

    Is this the screaming trees?

  • BenA

    The guitar playing on the start got me killed

  • T W
    T W

    After several times seeing this I just noticed Dave fucking off in the back lol 😂 funny gaff by the whole lot

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    i never understood why do a live show but not actually perform your song? you're just lip syncing to the music. you're better off just listening to it on spotify

  • chief.pigeon

    it just sounds like shoegaze

  • Vincenzo

    Nirvana dosent even know their real lyrics

  • Johnathan Pumpernickel
    Johnathan Pumpernickel

    it sounds like hes doing a patrick bateman impression

  • Anduke Soul*Fire
    Anduke Soul*Fire

    What a gem, this is what music was before the brainwashing and gatekeeping. Long live Nirvana!

  • Movement 6
    Movement 6

    Kurt: Octave - 1 😏

  • Mohamed Merabet
    Mohamed Merabet

    Kurt was like John Lennon with these glaces

  • Pablo Flores
    Pablo Flores

    Why does he sound like your average British guy

  • Dug L
    Dug L

    WTF kill your friends hahaha didn't something like that just happen. Rappers.

  • Do Tran
    Do Tran

    0:42 he doesn't even try to play at all :))

  • Hieracon

    bo burnham inside singing smells like teen spirit

  • Rahul

    You cant unhear this until you hear the original again,i bet you did the same

  • Lukas Dybvik Bangstad
    Lukas Dybvik Bangstad

    Is Kurt on drugs?

  • jxxy_daddy_milkerz

    I laughed my ass off when he first started singing

  • n1rv4n4

    YES.. SWAGGY KURT.. *cutely eating microphone* Hello.. hello.. hello.. how low..

  • bennett

    he sounds like gronk lol

  • Canadian Pacific Railfanner
    Canadian Pacific Railfanner

    "Kill your friends." LOL

  • Chris Welcome
    Chris Welcome

    Almost everyone: KURT EAT MIC HAHA Everyone else: SO FUNNY HE EAT MIC I guess originality went out the window long ago. Wouldn't Cobain be happy? Lol

  • cutiko

    Cure Kobain

  • Davi Santos
    Davi Santos

    rest of band give 300%

  • Epic Man
    Epic Man

    They aren't purposely doing that, kurt is on so much weed he is high, sometimes it seems you forgot who he was

  • Aaryhana Singh
    Aaryhana Singh

    kurt definitely entertained us

  • Mark's Accidents
    Mark's Accidents

    "Wow, they sound so different live!"

  • Ryleigh Cloe
    Ryleigh Cloe

    Is it just me or does Kurt almost sound like Kermit the frog?

  • MusicLover9379

    1:39 - 2:03 Kurt could have sung Gregorian music if he wanted to :P

  • keby the unpassionate
    keby the unpassionate

    when its ringos turn to sing

  • Chase T
    Chase T

    if morrissey was the lead singer of nirvana

  • Redbutthole

    There have been a few and only a FEW bands that never sold out.

  • jay kay
    jay kay

    Its not punk it was grunge

  • hihayne

    This is just Morrissey


    Its funny

  • Teerboyd

    Bruh the way Kurt “plays” his guitar at 0:44 cracks me tf up it looks so goofy 😂😂😂

  • Gio

    think kurt just wanted to flex to all the kids in the audience how deep his voice was

  • mr. niko gaming
    mr. niko gaming

    soooo this video has more likes than ur subs

  • i love your mom
    i love your mom

    I can't lie he be sounding like the Allstate guy

  • Albert Vale
    Albert Vale


  • stapler942

    It really sounds like he's trying to channel Brad Roberts from the Crash Test Dummies.

  • jeeeelou jeeelou jeeeeelou juaulou👹

  • Levi Caen
    Levi Caen

    His voice is giving Rick Astley

  • Ansh Nayan
    Ansh Nayan

    Better than billie eilish

  • Sunmaster

    1:40 morrissey

  • Jesse Sharma
    Jesse Sharma

    Sounds like tears for fears 🤣 love it

  • Blake B
    Blake B

    Joe from family guy

  • Mikey O'keefe
    Mikey O'keefe

    2:42 it's that a Peter Frampton cover?

  • Abbubble Tea
    Abbubble Tea

    they understood the assignment, and took it seriously🖤🖤🖤🖤

  • Cpt. Darkmead
    Cpt. Darkmead

    In this version he sounds like Peter Steele of Type O Negative Very funny performance!

  • silence

    the best music video

  • V. Bishop
    V. Bishop

    The day trolling got invented 😂😂😂

  • DIYDylana

    Now it just sounds like goth rock

  • Bo Pearsall
    Bo Pearsall

    Everyone else: Having a great time Kurt: *Tell us something your mom doesn't know*

  • Yellow Frankie
    Yellow Frankie

    This is what I hear Here we are now In containers Abalado Hell if I know I'm a skittle I'm a beatle

  • John Smith
    John Smith

    Can't play live you have to mime. Policy of top of the pops. Usurped.

  • Ulan

    Kurt's opera style sounds like Depeche Mode lol

  • albert 01
    albert 01

    Imagine convincing your friend for the concert and while in the road you are talking how the great this is going to be...

  • wjlintz

    Kurt's singing a Depeche Mode song to a Nirvana soundtrack.

  • Puffer Fish Films
    Puffer Fish Films

    Kurt doing his best Morrissey impression

  • Edgar Walk
    Edgar Walk

    You can see that both Kurt and Freddie were baritones with a good range to higher pitches.

    • Humble Folk
      Humble Folk

      I read Kurt was more of a high bass, or a low tenor?

  • putrid testicles
    putrid testicles

    If the smiths wrote smells like teen spirit

  • lex

    i think the greatest moment is when kurt was asked not to perform r^pe me and then he was like “yeah okay got it” and proceeds to perform it anyway

  • Sir Greg
    Sir Greg

    Load up on drugs, kill your friends - Kurt Cobain

  • Josue David Flores Martinez
    Josue David Flores Martinez

    Porque siempre cantaba diferente en casa concierto?

    • Josue David Flores Martinez
      Josue David Flores Martinez

      @Humble Folk jajajajaj no sabia eso, gracias

    • Humble Folk
      Humble Folk

      Kurt empezó a odiar q los hicieran tocar Smells Like Teen Spirit siempre, por lo q muchas veces procuraba interpretarlo de manera incorrecta en cada concierto. así como con otras canciones, ya sean por disgustos o simplemente pq quería un cambio; ellos no mantenían mucho orden estricto en ese sentido, esencia de Nirvana. aquí cantó así pq no le parecía q los hicieran tocar y cantar usando playback para el canal (top of the pops). toda la banda de hecho. si te fijas bn se nota cómo, ya en vivo, todos lo decidieron hacer incorrecto, haciendo obvio cómo era playback; Dave sólo toca los platillos, Krist sólo juega y gira el bajo y baila, y Kurt "toca" la guitarra (desconectada) como si fuera un animatrónico o no la toca, canta una octava más grave, se chupa el mic y cambia la letra. y aún con todo lo hacen ver y sonar genial y vuelven loca a la audiencia. amo.

  • •The flayed one•
    •The flayed one•


  • AnalDash

    Joe Swanson plays in nirvana!

  • Jon Dot
    Jon Dot

    this sounds like the smiths

  • BoulderBro999 why?
    BoulderBro999 why?

    reminds me of the Avant-Garde performance of "on the nickel" tom waits did for that Irish weirdo. clearly just a way of saying fuck off.

  • GeeseBurger

    Can’t wait to see this in a funniest band moments compilation

  • GlamorouslyNotHere

    “Mom can we get Kermit the frog?” “No sweetie, we have Kermit the frog at home” Kermit the frog at home:

  • Termination Shock
    Termination Shock

    Remember kids, load up on drugs and kill your friends

  • FeelsTooMuch


  • Thomas Schneider
    Thomas Schneider

    1:25 Suck it Kirk Cameron!! Äh... what's this guys name? I have two cd's from him from napster twenty years ago...

  • Cringiest Person Alive ÓwÓ
    Cringiest Person Alive ÓwÓ

    Where is the spirit???

  • Marco Klammer
    Marco Klammer

    Klingt als würde Kurt singen "Helau, Helau, Helau"

  • Bento Khamun
    Bento Khamun

    He sounds like the lead singer from Depeche mode singing like this ☠️

  • 7xinys

    bruih lol

  • cconder19

    Close your eyes and imagine that this is Joe Swanson singing and it gets even better...

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      disco deaky supremacy ‼️


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  • Tabid Zuzka
    Tabid Zuzka

    The best. ♥️♥️♥️ Kurt Cobain forever

  • dewfall56

    Corporations take over anything creative that makes money, and they squeeze the life out of it for profit - sports, racing, music, films, gambling.

  • Yung Changsta
    Yung Changsta

    0:42 proof Kurt Cobain is Rivers Cuomo

  • Stephen wright
    Stephen wright


  • Mohd Fawaz
    Mohd Fawaz


  • CySir

    1:00 when u discover what a microphone is

  • brett m
    brett m

    16 years earlier The Stranglers did the same thing to No More Heroes on the same show for the same reasons. Here it is -

  • Cowboy Dan
    Cowboy Dan

    That last chorus is literally joe swanson

  • Jeff Axelrod
    Jeff Axelrod

    Kurt Cobain channeling his inner Noel Fielding on this one. Sounds exactly like him!

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