“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Tori Amos

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” (live) by Tori Amos
Under the Covers Sunday

Once upon a time, in 1992, I was driving to my baby daughter’s 4-month check-up and the KROQ DJ for the afternoon played “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Tori Amos. I had no idea it was a cover. I had not heard Nirvana yet, or at least they hadn’t registered on my ear-radar. I didn’t know who Tori was either. But, I was blown away. The raw emotion in her voice, the piano (my favorite instrument), and the overall feeling of the song was just everything I needed to hear.

Tori Amos Crucify EP

Later that week I picked up the “Crucify” EP that had “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You”, and The Rolling Stones’ “Angie” on it, as well as Tori’s tracks “Crucify” and “Winter”. I fell in love with her right then and there and was a devoted fan from then on out.

I got really fond of Nirvana, too, once Tori led me to them.

I’ve always found it interesting that a Nirvana song led me to Tori Amos, and that she introduced me to Nirvana. The ’90s were that kind of magic.

Tori Amos Under the Covers

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Tori Amos
found on the “Crucify” EP, and Little Earthquakes Deluxe Edition

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