Here’s Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” (feat. Justin Timberlake), in which Hova namechecks Kurt Cobain and quotes Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Thoughts?
"Cobain’s role in culture today is perhaps the best example of the way death also represents a transition from personality into mythology…one suspects that Cobain would have hated the idea of himself as a rock ‘n’ roll martyr as much as he hated the idea of himself as a global megastar.”
RollingStone.com: Surreal Kurt Cobain Tribute Staged at Art Basel: The evening’s strangest component was a modern dance interpretation of the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video by choreographer Ryan Heffington. If not for the flannel shirts and grunge-era haircuts of the dancers, one might have mistaken the performance – with its zombie-like movements and creepy soundtrack – not as a tribute to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” but its greatest-video-of-all-time rival, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” (Photo by Kevin Ornelas)
NME.com: Nirvana’s smashed ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ guitar up for auction; Krist Novoselic’s pawn shop bass is set to make £15,000 - £25,000 at Christie’s in London
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Writer Developing Family Comedy ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ at CBS
Or, as the Onion A.V. Club puts it, “Last lingering shred of ‘alternative’ culture dies as CBS buys Smells Like Teen Spirit sitcom.”
From the Hollywood Reporter piece: “The multicamera comedy revolves around an 18-year-old budding entrepreneur who forgoes Harvard and instead opts to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend and his 1990s indie-rock parents.” (Full story here; H/T Jason Baldwin)
"Weird Al" Yankovic: I only met Kurt in person once at a restaurant in Los Angeles. He just happened to be eating at an adjoining table with his friends. This was after the parody had come out, so I got to go over and thank him in person. I just profusely thanked him and said, “Anything I can do for you, let me know.” Kurt extended his hand to me and said, “Polish my nails.”
So many wonderful details in this Spin.com piece: 'Weird Al' Yankovic Looks Back at 20 Years of 'Smells Like Nirvana'
The Muppet barbershop-quartet cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (from the 2011 movie The Muppets).