As the grunge lore goes, Kurt Cobain actually smelled like Teen Spirit. We can only surmise it was due to cuddling in the crook of the arm of then-girlfriend Tobi Vail, wearer of said deodorant. Legend has it that his girlfriends bandmate noticed Cobains adolescent girl odor and spray-painted Kurt smells like Teen Spirit on his wall. Not realizing there was a deodorant by the same name, Cobain was struck by the phrase and named Nirvanas 1991 single after the scent. The subsequent marketing boost for the Mennen brand of arm-pit stink was crushing to Cobain, who became exponentially disillusioned with rock fame as Nirvanas popularity peaked.
Seventeen years ago this Tuesday, MTVs Kurt Loder broke the news of Cobains self-inflicted, fatal gunshot wound to the head. Hearts broke in youngsters with fingers poised over their Discmans play button for another listen of In Utero. Those fans are now 30 to 40 years old and are still likely to mope around on the anniversary of Cobains death. For the rest of you, stop by Churchills Pub for the Nirvana Tribute. Bands Mere Quantum Noise, Armada!, the Disciples, Mistr Rey, and Dino Felipe will deliver renditions of their favorites from Bleach, Nevermind, and In Utero.
Tue., April 5, 8 p.m., 2011