Rumour has it that the lyrics
to Nirvana's 1991 smash "Smells Like Teen Spirit" may have been inspired by a
song from Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. As far as we know, this is unsubstantiated
-- but if anyone out there has any evidence of a real connection, please mail it to us.
(For example, a photograph of Kurt and Courtney reading selections from V. to their
baby would be just fine.)
According to the rumor, the song
in question appears on page 538 of the Viking edition of Gravity's Rainbow. We will
print both songs below; ytou decide if they are related!
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Load up on guns and bring your friends
It's fun to lose and to pretend
She's over bored and self assured
Oh no, I know, a dirty word
hello, hello, hello, how low?
With the lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now
I'm worse at what I do best
And for this gift I feel blessed
Our little group has always been
And always will until the end
And I forget just why I taste
Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard
It was hard to find
Oh well, whatever, nevermind
A denial . . . .
From Gravity's Rainbow
"I'll tell you it's just --out, --ray, --juss,
Spirit is so --con, --tay, --juss,
Nobody knows their a-ges. . .
Walkin' through bees of hon --ney,
Throwin' away --that --mon, --ney,
Laughin' at things so --fun --ny,
Spirit's comin' through --to, --you!
Nev --ver, --mind, watcha hear from your car,
Take a lookit just --how --keen --they are,
Nev --ver, --mind, --what, your calendar say,
Ev'rybody's nine months old today! Hey,
Pages are turnin' pages.
Nobody's in --their, --ca,--ges,
Spirit's just so --con, --ta, --gious--
Just let the Spirit --move, --for, --you!
SIDEBAR (beside verses 1 and 2):
"Where did the swing band come from? She's bouncing up and down, she wants to be
jitterbugged, he sees she wants to lose her gravity --"
Nirvana / Audio CD / Released 1991
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