It’s like a pop anthem for new Seattle.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana’s angst-ridden song for a 1990s generation rebelling from boy bands and hair metal, has been auto-tuned in major key and dropped on the internet — and it feels like a wad of bubblegum stuck to the shoe of the grunge faithful.
The remix was created by Sleep Good, a five-piece beach band from Austin, Texas, that makes “summertime dream pop.” But the description for the video on Vimeo credits “Teen Sprite” to Nirvirna, a pop punk band from La Jolla, Calif.
Despite being set over the top of Nirvana’s famous gym-scene video, the remix immediately catches the attention of anyone who thought they were in for another eyes-closed, head-down romp through Kurt Cobain’s growling lyrics.
It’s more like Weezer. Which is just fine … when you’re expecting Weezer.
Maybe the song put a little pep in your step on this rainy Seattle Friday. But if gloom is more your game and you need a cleanse after that, here’s “Teen Spirit” as it was intended to be heard: