Kurt Cobain’s Smells Like Teen Spirit Electric Guitar To Be Auctioned | kurt cobain

Kurt Cobain’s Smells Like Teen Spirit Electric Guitar To Be Auctioned | kurt cobain

The electric guitar played by kurt cobain in the music video for Smells Like Teen Spirit will go on sale this weekend through Julien’s Auctions.

Talking about the 1969 Fender Mustang during his last interview with Guitar World, Cobain mentioned: “I’m left-handed, and it’s not very easy to find good quality left-handed guitars at reasonable prices. But of all the guitars in the world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. I only owned two.

The starting estimate is $600,000 to $800,000. It is currently on display at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle where it has been for 12 years.

Smells Like Teen Spirit is considered Gen X’s signature song – as NPR’s Joel Rose wrote, “an anthem for a generation that didn’t want it.”

Released in 1991, its instantly recognizable guitar riff served as bridge which transitioned mainstream pop music from the “bandeau” era of the 1980s to the “alternative” grunge era of the early 1990s.

“Smells Like Teen Spirit is an unusual anthem because it refuses the anthem role,” mentioned NPR music critic Ann Powers. “It’s perfect for the generation he represented because it was a cohort that was so ambivalent about all the traditional values [or] conventional success.

It’s named after Cobain’s girlfriend, Tobi Vail, in Bikini Kill, Kathleen Hanna, who together laughed at the deodorant brand Teen Spirit (“I mean, who names a deodorant Teen Spirit? What does the smell of deodorant smell like?” “teenage mind? Like a bedroom locker? Like weed mixed with sweat? Like the smell when you throw up in your hair at a party?” she told Double J) was destroying Cobain’s apartment for fun and wrote “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit” in Sharpie on the wall. “I took that as a compliment,” he said.

After Cobain and Vail broke up, he told Rolling Stone, he set about writing “the ultimate pop song”, apparently hoping to call it Anthem, although Vail pointed out that Bikini Kill already had a song with that name. The result, he said, was a deliberately “cliched” riff and, he felt, too similar to Boston’s More Than a Feeling: the band didn’t want it to be the album’s first single but were canceled.

The video, shot on a soundstage in Culver City, Calif., features bored and distraught college students sitting on bleachers, cheerleaders wearing the anarchy symbol, and head-banging teenagers who end up ” tear the place to shreds”, as the drummer of Nirvana. Dave Grohl describes this.

The group had handed out flyers to their audience at the Roxy in West Hollywood two days before filming, asking everyone to show up for the video. The destruction at the end of the video, after a 12 hour day, would have been real.

Cobain himself hated the attention paid to the song. “Everyone was so focused on this song,” he told Rolling Stone. “The reason it’s getting such a big reaction is because people have seen it on MTV a million times. It’s been hammered into their brains.

Other items to be auctioned this weekend include Cobain’s 1965 Dodge Dart 170 four-door sedan. According to Julien’s Auctions, this is the “only known surviving car owned and driven” by Cobain.

The car, nicknamed Baby Blue, is estimated between $400,000 and $600,000.

An NFT of the Fetalini green striped short-sleeved shirt that Cobain wore in the video is also up for auction, with an estimated value of $6,000-$8,000. The auction house said Kurt gave the sweater to his mother.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Kicking the Stigma, a nationwide initiative of the Indianapolis Colts football team and their owner, Jim Irsay. The funds will be used to “raise awareness of mental health disorders and eliminate the stigma too often associated with these illnesses”.

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