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 7320 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 REALLY HATE TYPING IN ALL CAPS BUT I MUST MAKE THE POINT THAT THE TORI AMOS COVER SUCKS AND ANYONE WHO THINKS OTHERWISE IS A COMPLTETE AND UTTER MORON.
- Jon, Raleigh, United States, 16.02.2006
Here tori turns in one of the few covers that aren't pointless. It is a great cover, and I'm glad I listened to it. Unfortunately however, even a great cover of this song is not as good as the original.
- brian, nyc, United States, 05.02.2006
Umm.... did anyone even know that Tori did her own version? No. Even after listening to it, all I heard was "whine, whimper, whine." Hello? The song is about teenage angst, and teenagers don't exactly want to be portrayed as whiny wimps. That was the whole purpose of the original... to shout, scream, yell, shock... go home, Tori, go home.
- Iva, Vancouver, Canada, 30.01.2006
nice work of Tori Amos,nice try, but it cannot show the emotions behind the song...to all those who said that this version is better than the original:they should think before talking...This is a NIRVANA song and it will be a grunge thing FOREVER!!!
- Nancy, Athens, Greece, 14.01.2006
this cover sucks, part of this song is about the anguish of commercialization (sp), not the tension of it, stripped down like this it only shows that some songs are so instantly classic that they should never be touched
- Tyler, Dillon, United States, 07.11.2005
Tori Amos sang this cover again and again, in a lot of live performance, often before American Pie by Don Mclean, at the end of the lyrics "The day the music died". I hear this medley is like an expletation of her rispect for Kurt Cobain art, music and life, and the reason why she made this cover. She made a gift to the band and, after the Cobain suicide, she sang it to remeber and don't forget.
I don't like Grunge or Nirvana Music, so I prefer the Tori Amos "tribute", but I think are both incomparable: the same song but two different kind of emotion and expression.
- Antinoo, ROME, Italy, 26.10.2005
tHE IS A STORY THAT kURT HIMSELF LISTEN TO tORI'S VERSION AND WOULD PLAY IT BLASTING LOUDLY FROM HIS THEN APARTMENT. tHE IMPRESSION WAS THAT HE WAS REALLY IMPRESSED BY THE WAY SHE WAS ABLE TO STRIP IT DOWN TO A TENSION-BUIT SONG. Tori's version hold the song on the tension itself; which gives you more vocalizing; all she did was change the composition but not the words or the meaning. Kurt was an amazing artist; so I could see what he would be impressed. While his version is second to the anst and guitar and drum; its an adrnnilin rush; toris is more puntured.

both are amazing and diffrent views of the overwhemling lyrics; we as fans cannot loose site of that fact.
- Nati Amos, Seattle, United States, 26.10.2005
somebody needs ritalin...
- meadow, new york, United States, 25.10.2005
tori's version is better simply because there is more emotion behind it. the original was covered up in grunge-ridden angst and it was almost impossible to understand what kurt was singing. and it doesn't matter that "without the original, there would be no cover" because the whole point of this is which version is better...in some rare cases, covers ARE better than the original...this is one of those cases. and who cares if we're all from thedent or not...we're all entitled to express our own opinion. :p
- shane (the40thdrink), somewhere, texas, United States, 25.10.2005
I love Tori with all my heart, but without the original there would have been no cover, without the power of Nirvana's original we would never be shocked by the gentle reworking.
- Ted, Manassas, United States, 24.10.2005
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