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Jul 19 2005

Smells Like 1950’s Teen Spirit

I don’t *think* I dreamed this … although I was in bed at the time.

Last night, rather than reading for a bit before going to sleep, I turned on a recent re-run of David Letterman where I saw Paul Anka perform the Nirvana classic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in a Big Band/Swing style.  It was incredibly bizarre and absolutely mesmerizing.

Who would have ever imagined the 1950’s teen idol belting out:

I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My libido Yeah!”

…with a full swing orchestra behind him?

Kurt Cobain had to have been spinning in his grave … if for no other reason than in Paul Anka’s rendition of this indie rock anthem, the lyrics were actually intelligible.

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