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Music Video: Patti Smith, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Music Video: Patti Smith, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"


Finally, we can understand all the lyrics to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" — and while watching a beautifully languid video. It's been more than a month since punk legend Patti Smith released her covers album called Twelve, featuring her take on such songs as "The Boy In the Bubble" by Paul Simon, the Rolling Stones's "Gimme Shelter," Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." But it was worth the wait for this video of Smith's "Teen Spirit" cover, which premiered today on AOL's Spinner.

Not only is the song great, but the visuals are, too. Stark and intimate, the black-and-white video calls to mind both French New Wave film and home movies. (Also: very cute cat footage.) As Smith explained to Spinner, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was one of the more difficult covers she chose to do:

"I always wanted to do a covers album, but I didn't really feel I had the range to do the kind of album I wanted to do," Smith told Spinner. "As the project evolved, a lot of the songs on the [original] list didn't make the final cut, and a lot of songs that I didn't plan on doing wound up being the ones I chose. They're all special to me for different reasons. But Nirvana was the most emotional experience."

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