These Teens Have No Idea What Nirvana’s Talking About in ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

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A few months ago, we found undeniable proof that today’s teenagers know about Nirvana, thanks to a viral clip that asked a group of kids to react to the iconic video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” That was reassuring and made us feel a little less old. Here’s something a little less reassuring: another video that asks a few teens to read, react to, and make sense of the lyrics to “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Admittedly, “Teen Spirit” features some of Kurt Cobain’s most oblique turns-of-phrase, and the meaning behind his words is certainly open to interpretation, but we’re pretty sure when he said, “Load up on guns / And bring your friends,” he wasn’t referring to a group of bros playing Call of Duty. Thankfully, a good deal of the participants recognize the “Here we are now, entertain us” hook. Watch the clip above, and for more Nirvana, be sure to check out our list of the 100 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1994.


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