Nirvana

If this is what ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ had actually sounded like, the Nineties would have turned out very different.

If you’re looking for a starting point for the zeitgeist of the Nineties, the majority of those who remember it will point to Nirvana’s ‘Smell Like Teen Spirit.’ Spitting in the face of the hair metal and glam-rock that ruled the airwaves up to that point, ‘Teen Spirit’ marked the beginning of grunge - not just a sound, but an attitude. Angst, pain, frustration and a lack of interest in presentation and packaging marked the bands that followed in Nirvana’s wake. 

However, Sleep Good, a band (or producer) from Austin Texas, who describe their music as “summertime dream pop,” have a more sunshine-y view of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ Switching from the song’s original F-minor key to a major one, they’ve re-created a breezy, upbeat summer pop anthem, more reminiscent of something from the Weezer or R.E.M. canons or – for a more contemporary perspective – something akin to a Slowdive release.

They’ve retitled the song ‘Teen Sprite’ and describe it as a song that could be written by “a pop punk band from La Jolla, CA.”  Admittedly, purists are incensed by the song’s transformation – both in sound and spirit – but if you want to listen with an open mind, go here.