Cover vs. Original

Smells Like Teen Spirit


"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a great song by Nirvana. It was covered by Tori Amos a year later with in my opinion great success.

- TomGaines, Landshut, Germany, 22.09.2005


Tori Amos
1992

vs.

Nirvana
1991

CD-Cover: Tori Amos - Crucify [EP] 36.7 % 63.3 % CD-Cover: Nirvana - Nevermind
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Tori Amos 7301 Votes Nirvana

Further information about song and bands:

Nirvana Fanclub Probably the biggest Nirvana-Fansite. A huge community on the discussion board, picture archive, interviews and much more. Everything for a Nirvana Fan.
seattlesound.de Website about Nirvana, the Foo Fighters and grunge. They have articles, interviews, pictures and a newcomer section!
Tori Amos
Net Universe
Excellent fansite about Tori Amos. You can find here so many news and articles about the singer and songwriter Tori Amos, that you can read forever - an amazing site!

Comments about Smells Like Teen Spirit:

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Tori performs this song with beauty and grace-- two forms that are rare in the music industry. I say, if you don't like Tori's version, listen to it again. Close your eyes, listen to her breathing, listen to what words she pays more attention to. After that, if you still don't like her version, I deem you hopeless.
- Amanda, Austin, United States, 22.10.2005
iTS LIKE COMPARING APPLES TO ORANGES. While I am one of those who thinks the original is always better, I dont think that you can even compare the two in this case. Ms. Amos didnt cover the song for profit nor for publicity. She did it because she loved the song as much as everyone and wanted to interpret it the way it sounds in her heart. Therefor I think both of these songs should be put on equal platforms.
- Jared, Austin, United States, 22.10.2005
I agree that they're both amazing, but I will say this:
NOBODY could have covered this song like Tori... they simply wouldn't have been able to pull it of
- gray, liberal, United States, 22.10.2005
Nirvana did an amazing thing with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and they really did start a new era of music. They're really difficult to compare because while they're the same song technically... the cover and the original come from a different part of a heart. So I think they're both amazing!
- doug, kansas, United States, 22.10.2005
Nirvana was a great band and their song was a breath of fresh air and changed the face of music. Tori Amos quietly emerged around the same time. One of these acts is still with us. I never listen to Nirvana anymore. It's just not the same. I listen to Tori all the time. Her version is timeless and captures the song's essence.
- Jerry (Stinky), New Jersey, United States, 22.10.2005
It' s a lovely version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Tori Amos. Tori Amos is a great singer.
- Miguel, Barcelona, Spain, 22.10.2005
I like the original by Nirvana much better. With this song Nirvana started a new era of music, the Grunge. What Tori Amos did with this song is for me destroys this song.
But only my opinion...
- Günther, Saarbrücken, Germany, 27.08.2005
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