Facts about smells like teen spirit smells like teen spirit was written by dave grohl, kurt cobain, and krist novoselic. It was released as a lead single of the bands 2nd album nevermind in september 1991. The title of this track was inspired by the phrase kurt smells like teen spirit, which kathleen hanna (a lead vocalist of bikini kill at that time) wrote on cobain. Smells like teen spirit lyrics load up on guns, bring your friends its fun to lose and to pretend shes over-bored and self-assured oh no, i know a dirty word hello, hello, hello, hello. Smells like teen spirit was a single from nevermind, the 1991 album that catapulted nirvana to fame. Supposedly, the name came from graffiti kathleen hanna of the band bikini kill once wrote on the wall of lead singer kurt cobains hotel room. Teen spirit, was a deodarent, and yes he did read kurt smells like teen spirit on a wall, and named the song after it. The lyrics to smells like teen spirit were often difficult for listeners to decipher, both due to their nonsensicality and because of cobains slurred, guttural singing voice. This problem was compounded by the fact that the nevermind album liner notes did not include any lyrics for the songs aside from selected lyrical fragments. After years of fans and critics trying to decipher the meaning of the song, and despite what charles cross implied in the somewhat fictional biography heavier than heaven, teen spirits lyrics are indeed nonsensical. nirvanas official music video for smells like teen spirit, remastered in hd. Smells like teen spirit meaning meaning until september 1991, kurt cobain was just kurt cobaina promising young musician and talented songwriter who had carved out a strong reputation for himself within seattles independent music scene, but remained mostly anonymous outside the pacific northwest. Teen spirit was a deodorant used by tobi vail whom kurt cobain went out with at the time. Tobi vail was a drummer of bikini kill, and another member of that band, kathleen hanna, wrote kurt smells like teen spirit on his bedroom wall in an attempt to say that he had vails scent on him.