"Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sat May 20 22:17:01 UTC 2006

On May 20, 2006, at 3:01 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> Am I perhaps the last person on the face of the earth to discover
> that this
> famous song title puns on the name of a brand of underarm
> deodorant, uh,
> anti-perspirant marketed to adolescents, said brand name being, "Teen
> Spirit"?

if wikipedia, and my memory, are to be believed (neither of these is
a sure thing), it's a bit more complicated than that.  a deodorant
was involved, but cobain maintained he didn't know about the one on
the market under the name Teen Spirit until after the song became a hit.

ob gay: Pansy Division's cover, "Smells Like Queer Spirit".  there
are other parodies, variants, and covers.


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