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I know that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was a mixed bag for Nirvana and Kurt, but I just have to say that I know exactly where I was (driving past the Dinkytown McDonald's at the University of Minnesota) when I first heard SLTS. I realized in the first sixty seconds that the 80's L.A. hair bands were instantly and irrevocably *done*. For whatever happened later, and the price fame extracted from Kurt, he created the most moving musical moment of my entire life thus far.

Posted by Big Sven | June 3, 2007 1:57 PM

I also distinctly remember the first time I heard SLTS. I was packed in my apartment-mate's Nissan Pathfinder with a bunch of friends in Ithaca, NY. He had just hooked up with CD and wouldn't stop talking about it.

At the time I was into punk, thrash, and some post-hair metal bands like Jane's Addiction and Smashing Pumpkins. My first thought, 30 seconds into the song, was holy shit, these guys fucking nailed the sweet spot between everything I liked. Not long after that, UW became my top pick for grad school.

Posted by Sean | June 3, 2007 3:12 PM

I hope I'm not a wet blanket, but I have to say that I thought that the movie was only "okay." I think that this had to do with a lack of context provided for many of the shots that the film presented (though I didn't have a problem identifying the significance of many of the places or activities shown [i.e., the wrestling]). I don't know, I suppose that I was disappointed. I do, however, like the idea.

Posted by David | June 3, 2007 7:45 PM

I'm glad you spoke up. Some docs work as a primer; this one works better as a supplement to pre-existing materials. The applause afterwards was loud, but not thunderous (and no La Vie en Rose-style standing ovation). I would imagine that some folks will actively dislike it.

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | June 3, 2007 8:56 PM

I can't wait to get the same reaction for my opinion on Chris Crocker that I do from Kurt Cobain.

Kurt Cobain, hero to the northwest, disaffected teens everywhere, and suicide.

I can't wait till nirvana fans are old and talking about how he was like benny fucking goodman and that theres just no good music now a day like cobain will be relevan to music 40 years from now (like goodman was in the 60s and 70s)

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 4, 2007 10:31 AM

I don't know. I originally was going to stay away from this film after hearing that it was just an audio interview and a bunch of images. But at the last minute I went (partially to get a slightly better seat for Black Sheep afterwards). I liked it much more than I expected. Maybe it was because I had low expectations, maybe because after watching many docs with talking heads it was nice to just listen, maybe because it was visually nice (I'm still trying to get the technical flaws of the Life and Times of Yva Las Vegass out of my head). The mini-Koyaanisqatsi vibe was welcome.

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