Sunday, July 6, 2014

It smells like what, now?

This morning there was breakfast in a restaurant!  It's been months since I've gone to breakfast in a restaurant with my nearby family members and it was very nice to do it again.

On the way over to the restaurant, my brother-in-law mentioned a college jazz radio station they'd heard when they were in St. Louis the day before.  He and my sister said it was way better than the college jazz radio stations in Chicago and as an example they said they heard a trio called The Bad Plus play Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."  They said it was great.  After breakfast (and a side trip to Jewel, Costco, and Nordstrom), I came home and found Minneapolis-based The Bad Plus' cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and I was plenty intrigued.  Who else has had their way with it?  It took another five seconds of looking to find plenty of artists who've covered Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."  I've chosen five for you to listen to/watch and enjoy (or not - maybe you're a purist and only Kurt Cobain and Nirvana will do).  It's a diverse group -- Tori Amos, Robert Glasper,  2Cellos, Paul Anka, and The Bad Plus -- and for comparison and reference, Nirvana, just in case the 90s were a total blur for you.

First up, Tori Amos:

Next, Robert Glasper from a series called 1 Mike 1 Take (courtesy of Blue Note Records):

Here's 2Cellos:

Paul Anka?  Really?  The man can swing:

The highly-recommended The Bad Plus (videotaped at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago):

Nirvana, y'all:

Who did it for you?


  1. This is awesome, Lena. And Paul Anka really does kill it. I love his attitude in the chorus. Regarding The Bad Plus, their studio version is more powerful than the live one. Here's a link:

    1. You're right, Terry. The studio version is fantastic!