Smells Like Teen Spirit

It’s Music Monday!


Now, I’m not normally a grunge kind of person. It’s not that I dislike it. It’s just that most of the time, I like other things better. But. Evidently grunge rock didn’t pass me by! And there are classics that you cannot fail to love.

Last week, while I was working fast and furiously on my mini-WiP, this particular song carried me through. It is perfect on so many levels… you’ll have to way until a little later in the year to fully understand, but let yourselves be intrigued by this notion. Why would Nirvana suddenly inspire Nicky Wells, rock star romance author extraordinaire?

Guesses welcome!

13 responses to “Smells Like Teen Spirit

  1. I don’t know. because you’re a fan on of the deod that inspired the song title lol? A friend of Kurt’s sprayed ‘Kurt smells like teen spirit’ on a wall. I liked Nirvana but was a HUGE fan of Hole, still love them both now. I was pissed as hell when I discovered our Ents officer didn’t book Nirvana when I was at Uni and they were touring in 1992. I still remember being sat at Heathrow reading the cover story about his death in the NME and shaking my head in disbelief. xx

    • OMG what an opportunity missed ~ how cool would *that* have been? I remember the news breaking as though it was yesterday, and likewise for Freddy Mercury. That moment will stay with me forever, actually. I arrived at school and somebody had strung a banner over the noticeboard announcing that Freddie Mercury had passed away. Of course, there was no recourse to Google in those days, so the rumours flew thick and fast and the whole school ~ students and teachers alike! ~ was in shock. Tragedy, in both cases. Thank you for commenting, Yasmin! 🙂

  2. Morning Nicky, I never really got into Nirvana but Smells Like Team Spirit was exceptional. Saw a documentary on Kurt Cobaine some time back. He was the archetypal geek who turned into a household name. Being someone whose writing is totally inspired by what I’m listening too I can understand exactly where you are coming from. And Yasminselena I too have had a moment like yours at Heathrow as I remember being in Majorca in 1970 and seeing the headlines that Jimmie Hendrix was dead – very surreal as you think these guys are immortal!

  3. Sorry Guys, it’s Teen Spirit, slight typo moment there! And of course Jimmie Hendrix was Jimi wasn’t he! Brain and keyboard not co-ordinating this morning – a bit worrying as I have editing ahead. Have a good day ladies!

  4. I am guessing a Young Adult novel is coming up next from your fair pen? OK, you don’t need to answer, but I’m trying my hand at detecting and following the clues…

    • Hi Marina, thanks for commenting and good guess! I can see where you’re coming from but the answer is, no, no YA (at least no more than my other books would be classed as YA). Still very definitely Romance That Rocks Your World… but with a twist. Nearly finished it too… more definite news in the summer, I don’t want to steal Sophie’s limelight, LOL.

  5. Hi Nicky
    You finally did it. You’ve forced me to go into the DEEPEST REACHES of my mind to come up with a response song this week. Grunge is by far the worst music I’ve heard in my life; so much so I’ve basically suppressed it until today, where I hate listening to “RAP”; where it’s not so much the music, but the lyrics. The style of “singing in Rap” reminds of the “sing-talk” style Rex Harrison is famous for especially in “My Fair Lady.”
    Any way, there’s only a few memorable grunge bands I can still somehow remember: “Pearl Jam,” “Alice in Chains” and of course the one you chose “Nirvana.” So since you gave us one of their songs, I feel I should give you one of their songs I which I feel is one of their best in return:

    Perhaps one of the reasons Nirvana came to my mind is it’s “connection” to “Siddharta” written by Hermann Hesse, which I read in a German language class I took in college, eek did I dislike doing it so much I got the English translation.

    Now, it’s time for me to take two aspirins and lie down for a bit. Got a slight headache now. 😀 😀 😀

    Have a GREAT WEEK. !!!

    A remember to everyone, I interviewed Nicky last week on my blog, just click on my name to take you there.

  6. Love Teen Spirit. Love Nirvana. Having worked with thrash and grunge bands I can say they are the best fun ever. For you Nicky; our son worked with Nirvana for a while and his base-ball cap (given to Kurt a while before) was found near Kurt’s body when he died…..odd claim to fame I Know. And Weird Al Yankowitz who did a spoof of Teen Spirit and every other super-star’s material and who is produced by an producer/engineer friend of ours, gave one of my artists a signed copy of his original lyrics to his spoof of the song. Al is a lovely man funny but shy and not at all what you expect when you hear his material. OK enough….but I know you love the little snippets….Oh and I didn’t just work with rock…there was Pop, Dance and R&B too and all have their little snippets too. 🙂 Enjoy your day, hope the WIP is coming along well.

    • OMG OMG OMG! That is so amazing, I don’t know what to say except I’m legend-struck by proxy. Do you have a picture of that cap? WiP is doing extremely well, thank you so much ~ can’t wait to share what it’s all about! XX

      • I think the photo of it was in the Police shots taken at the time and possibly the press ones. I cannot recall now. My son would know. Kurt has been dead a long time. Son used to hang out with a lot of the bands when not touring with ours – and still does. Well, when on tour of course we had other bands on tour with us too sometimes depending on whether headlining or supporting. May be I should write our son’s memoirs too!! Glad the new book is coming along so well. Excited to know all about it. Thought this would appeal. xx

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