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
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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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i have always hated the nirvana version and i downloaded tori's version by accident and was surprised to find myself listening to it over and over again. i think tori captured the song's message completely and found something new from the song and that's the purpose of doing a cover.
- elina, helsinki, Finland, 22.06.2007
i have always hated the nirvana version and i downloaded tori's version by accident and was surprised to find myself listening to it over and over again. i think tori captured the song's message completely and found something new from the song and that's the purpose of doing a cover.
- elina, helsinki, Finland, 22.06.2007
Has anyone else noticed the OVERALL horrid lack of maturity and adolescent diction of the ones who state that the original can never be redone or that Tori Amos is a bitch? Please people, I'm only 15, and I think some of these 90's generationers need to get out of the teenage mentality, no pun intended. Watch Pele Blow, Tori is a Goddess.
- Floria Sigismondi, New York, United States, 30.05.2007
To express that a song must be performed the same way is actually of disturbing disrespect to the song itself. The esscence of the song is strict but universal, confining it to circumstance is very ignorant. Each version is done from different perspectives but manifests an aura raw emotion. Each artist performs with respect to the song itself, giving reverence to the multi-dimensional entity. It is amazing how people can just react without analysis on the personal architecture of their own opinions, foolish humans. I am apparently a seeker for the most complex of artistry. That is why Tori is my teacher and most praised artist. Kurt was astounding as well.
- Anthony Chapa, Houston, United States, 30.05.2007
NIRVANA ES LO MEJOR .... TORI... WHO ARE U ???
- CHECHO, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 21.05.2007
I really don't like the cover, the original is inimitable
- Charlie, Gioia del Colle, BA, Italy, 04.04.2007
You know, I wouldn't have given her much chance on this one, but her version is damn good... different in intensity of course, but it would have been much worse if she had attempted that intensity anyway... No, her version is maybe closer to what Nirvana might have done in an Unplugged set. I have hard time saying which is better.
- Glynn, Saint John, Canada, 26.03.2007
I like Tori Amos' music very much but still she could not manage to do a good cover of Teen Spirit. She is not even close to the Original in terms of intensity.
I reckon it would be a good song if Nirvana had never existed.
- wildsau, SG, Germany, 15.03.2007
god no. there isn't any competition, nirvana rocks and their original version was 1000 x's better than who? no one even remembers her. i don't. people need to stop doing covers. she sucks ass.
- cilla, new york, United States, 12.03.2007
I absolutely dislike this cover version. It took everything that was ingrained in the song - all the angst, the pathos, and the misery of a generation - and completely stripped it away. Granted, we are left with a haunting rendtion, but this is not supposed to be a slow, melodic song. It is, like another poster said already, an explosive epithet on the gravestone of 80's rock - it's an anthem, and anthems are meant to be belted out, not crooned softly over "a little night music". Sorry Tori, my vote goes to Kurt on this one.
- Damien, Corona, United States, 01.03.2007
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