With Nirvana's iconic second album Nevermind turning a whopping 30 years old this Friday (September 24), Dave Grohl has reflected on the writing of the record's legendary opening track and classic single Smells Like Teen Spirit, admitting that it wasn't a song the band were hugely focussed on at the time.
Speaking to NME, the Foo Fighters frontman says the song was written at Nirvana's rehearsal space, recalling that of how it started to come about: "I liked the riff that Kurt [Cobain] came up with because it’s percussive. Those muted, stabbing strums in-between the chords really leant to the pattern of the drum riff.
"To be honest, at that point, we were listening to a lot of Pixies – it was Bossa Nova [era]. And we were just having fun, really. We were just coming up with new song after new song every day. Krist Novoselic, I believe, has boombox recordings of all of these – riff ideas that were never used, songs that were shaped into songs for Nevermind – some of them."