That strange moment when a goodie suddenly becomes an oldie. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” turns 25 today. Who would thought that a song name after a deodorant-related story would marked history and become the soundtrack of so many lives?
Amazing how time passes by. It’s also amazing how much this song –and band- influenced and meant, not only to its generation but to the many more that would hear this incredibly talented band.
Nirvana not only gave Seattle a place in music history but changed the music business. The band formed by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, made quite a mark in music and its industry.
Nirvana was so much more than just music to 90’s kids; they influenced the sense of style, politics, and selfishness of generations.
The three piece band represented the dream of every musician, a group of kids that gather to play some music and suddenly became one of the greatest bands of the story.
Grunge definitely influenced the way kids dress in the 90, but also change the direction of fashion.
Kurt’s lyrics gave the opportunity to address issues that were far from being attended at the time, but that many teenagers could identify with, such as depression, sadness, and troubles, as well as love.
Nirvana was the sound of a generation.
Regardless of what was going on at that time in the music industry, Nirvana got rid of all that fake glamor. They showed up raw and real; there was no glamor in them. It was all about the music, the lyrics, and reality.
Not only through the lyrics but also as an individual, Cobain was a political and social activist. He encouraged people to think by themselves, to think outside the box and stand for themselves.
In an era of overproduced music, Nirvana was the re-legitimization of music, with a more pure sound.
If we think about how every artistic movement is actually the reflection of the culture, it’s pretty neat everything that Nirvana stands for as a reflection of the 90’s.
It’s been 22 years since Kurt killed himself, but his legacy remains, not only in Nirvana but also in the ideas he helped build.