But did you know these facts about the video itself? Amy Finnerty, a rookie MTV staffer who'd only recently joined the music programming department, campaigned for the channel to premiere the video. Two days before the shoot, the band handed out flyers asking fans to appear in the video, while the LA radio station KXLU also made an on-air casting call-out for extras. The band's flyer read: "Nirvana needs YOU… You should be 18 to 25 years old and adopt a high-school persona, ie preppy, punk, nerd, jock. Director Samuel Bayer has revealed that many only wanted to hang around for about 30 minutes and were frustrated to still be on set "12 hours" later.
Here's The Original Casting Call For Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Video, From 1991
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Smells Like Teen Spirit unknown. A phrase used to remark on the stupidity of teen, especially high school drama. It is used as a means to put things in perspective, often uttered by an observer of a pointless, fruitless argument that has to do with some aspect of dating. Etymology: The term was sued in a completely different context by the early 90's grunge band, Nirvana. Girl 1: "I saw you with my boy at the movies, you whore! That's why he's on my team now.
This Shovel Sounds Exactly Like Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
For her turn at karaoke, this sweet, unassuming auntie chose Nirvana's breakout hit Smells Like Teen Spirit and she nailed the song right to the T. Thankfully for us her kickass performance was captured on video and it's making rounds online for all to witness. Not much is known about the mysterious rocker, but Najib Haziq - who posted the clip - said she's a friend from a homestay in Pulau Melayu, Malaysia.
This is the casting call flyer that Kurt Cobain and the rest of Nirvana personally handed out at The Roxy in Los Angeles the day before shooting the Aug. The band wanted year olds so not quite high-schoolers to take on a "high school persona, ie. Cobain convinced the video's director to allow the extras, who had been forced to sit on the bleachers and watch the shoot for hours, to join in on the video's final mosh pit scene and destroy the soundstage.