&ot absonderpop: It's Better To Burn Out…

Thursday, April 05, 2007

It's Better To Burn Out…

There are those moments in everybody's lives that you won't forget, no matter how long in the past the may have occured.
Some of them are sad, some are filled with bliss.
Some are private, some are very, very public.
Some are quiet, some are very, very noisy.

The "Monsters of Spex"-festival at the Tanzbrunnen, Cologne, 8/24/1991, was one of those moments in my life.
Because there was this band that arrived too late for their allocated time-slot in the early afternoon and got squeezed in between Sonic Youth, Bob Mould (doing an acoustic set) and Dinosaur Jr.
Most of the folks at the festival (including me) had never heard of them before, but we all somehow knew, we were experiencing something very, very big.

Oh, name of the band? Nirvana.

13 years ago today, on April, 5th 1994 Kurt Cobain shot himself.
(Needless to say, I never returned my ticket for their show at the Sporthalle, Cologne on 4/14/1994…)

To commemorate one of the greatest musicians ever to walk this planet, here's a couple of cover versions of Nirvana's break-through song:

Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Patti Smith: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Tori Amos: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Paul Anka: Smells Like Teen Spirit
The Melvins & Leif Garrett: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Warp Brothers: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Scandal'us: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Scala: Smells Like Teen Spirit
The Bad Plus: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Willie Nelson: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Weird Al Yankovic: Smells Like Nirvana

If you happen to have another version of this song, feel free to send it in and I'll include it in this list.

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