Kurt Cobain’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Vocals: Isolated
Kurt Cobain‘s searing voice was an integral part of Nirvana‘s sound — and isolated audio of the late frontman’s vocal track on their signature song, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ proves just how true that was.
Dropped as a single on August 21, 1991, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was the first — and biggest — track from Nirvana’s multi-platinum album ‘Nevermind.’ The band recorded the song with noted producer Butch Vig a few months earlier, and while Cobain had a well-known disdain for repeated takes, Vig said he did three for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ — Vig did the verses with Cobain’s voice alone, and then it sounds like he doubled them up for the pre-choruses and choruses.
Bonus? You can actually tell what the usually mush-mouthed Cobain is saying.
Listen to Isolated Audio of Kurt Cobain on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’