Dave Grohl played a brief part of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on drums onstage with Foo Fighters on Monday night (September 10th) during the Foos’ show in Portland, Oregon. Monday was the 27th anniversary of the release of the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” single, which hit radio stations on September 10th, 1991 and went on to arguably change the course of rock history.
Atlanta TV station WSB reported on the anniversary, noting that both the song and the album it came from, Nevermind, were now 27 years old — the same age that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was when he took his own life on April 5th, 1994.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” was Nirvana’s first and biggest radio hit, spending 20 weeks on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and peaking there at Number Six, while dominating the rock and alternative airplay charts. The track turned the Seattle trio into rock stars and threw open the doors for other bands from the so-called “grunge” movement to make their way into the mainstream.
Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, with Grohl and the other surviving members of the band reuniting at the ceremony to perform “Teen Spirit” with Joan Jetton lead vocals and guitar.