Drawn & Recorded: Teen Spirit

Drew Christie (2016)

Find out how the scent of a woman inspired Kurt Cobain to write an anthem for the ages.

The Nirvana song Smells Like Teen Spirit is associated with a story of Bakini Kill’s lead singer Kathleen Hanna who wrote “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” all over his motel wall. This was a reference to Bakini Kill’s drummer Tobi Vail who dated Kurt and wore Teen Spirit deodorant, implying that Tobi had marked Kurt with her scent. He later learned that it was a brand of deodorant after the single was released, having originally interpreted the slogan as having revolutionary meaning.

Directed by Drew Christie

Written by Drew Christie and Bill Flanagan

Narrated by T Bone Burnett

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