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With all the world-changing events that have occurred in the past few days – the killing of the world’s most wanted terrorist and, the big one, two celebrities getting married on TV – you’d be forgiven for asking “who gives a shit about Miley Cyrus right now?”

Well you’d be forgiven, but you’d also be wrong. See, while a team of Navy SEALs were storming a compound in Pakistan and doing what they do best, media savvy Miley was also hard at work, becoming the single most important musician of all-time. As Nitsuh Abebe’s excellent article in New York magazine explains, Miley’s 2009 hit ‘Party in the USA’ has inadvertently become Osama Bin Laden’s “death song” – the track that everyone flocks to on Youtube to have barely-literate partisan debates pissing contests.

(Incidentally, we ran with Team America’s ‘America, Fuck Yeah,’ thinking we were on solid ground. Clearly we’ve lost touch with the crucial preteen girl demographic that will decide all future world events. If nothing else, it’s heartrending proof that no matter how tight he shuts his eyes and just wishes as hard as his little heart will let him, Jom is just never going to be a little girl again.)

What does this have to do with anything? Nothing, really. Except that, not content with ousting Bruce Springsteen from the top of the “awesome anthems with USA in the title that we can chant in celebration of having vanquished the enemy,” Miley’s also cannibalised a second American institution: slack-jawed yokel and occasional genius Kurt Cobain. Miley covered ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ on the opening date of her new tour in Ecuador, thereby ending all association the song might have had with the seminal Seattle rocker.

Surprisingly, it’s actually… well it’s shit. But that’s not really the point, is it? Fuck yeah!





MUNGOLOID
05.04.11
will hear it eventually but is it any worse than that bearded guy who covered it on american idol?

psykonaut
05.04.11
lol

ev0ken
05.04.11
lol i saw that guy on leno a few days ago or yesterday can't remember, singing the same song.

dear i press play... i don't wanna interrupt Sodom playing in the background.

Emim
05.04.11
smiley myrus

Blindsided
05.04.11
"will hear it eventually but is it any worse than that bearded guy who covered it on american idol?"

I didn't think that was bad, this however, is.

CelestialDust
05.04.11
lol it wasn't as bad as i thought it'd be

NateT
05.04.11
no... just no

Masochist
05.04.11
Her raspy voice is surprisingly well suited for a grunge cover. Nonetheless, this is pretty crappy.

iFghtffyrdmns
05.04.11
think she was having a seizure during that intro there

North0House2
05.04.11
At least the instruments were pretty true to how good the original is.
She wasn't horrible, to be honest. I'd rather she sing that stuff than her crap pop.

iFghtffyrdmns
05.04.11
"I'd rather she sing that stuff than her crap pop."

I'd rather she not sing at all. Although, I'll definitely keep tabs on the nudie picks and all

pizzamachine
05.04.11
Could've been worse.

Satellite
05.04.11
the headless corpse of kurt cobain must be rolling in its grave right now

ZilbelPing
05.04.11
Shouod I stop listening to BBF III for this?

No.....

Aids
05.04.11
oh fuck right off Miley Cyrus I'm not in the mood for your bullshit right now

North0House2
05.04.11
I'm listening to Simple Math again.
This album is so good. Leave It Alone is awesome.
Just saying, even if it is totally irrelevant.

Rev
05.04.11
i hate people that think that SLTS is some sort of untouchable song that if you play it you should be shot on sight

cover was okay

North0House2
05.04.11
Smells Like Teen Spirit is not a legendary song in my honest opinion. It's great, sure, but not like a GY!BE song. I never want to see someone cover a GY!BE song unless they can do it justice. I couldn't care less if some 5 year old covered Team Spirit and screwed the thing up. I totally agree, it's not an untouchable song.

Alxander18
05.04.11
"think she was having a seizure during that intro there"
"I'd rather she not sing at all. Although, I'll definitely keep tabs on the nudie picks and all"
123


VeilOfOsiris
05.04.11
God imma jump off a bridge now .
Kbaithnx

Zo0lz
05.04.11
While her cover of this song does not offer it justice in the very least, it could be a sign that she is attempting to depart from her pop roots and go into the rock genre.

Relating to the cover, it wasn't so terrible that it was unlistenable, but it was patchy in some points. At least the music lives up to what it should be.

Electric City
05.04.11
my poor brain just exploded

Damrod
05.04.11
When the song starts she moves like she has some kind of seizure... Pre-Chorus sounds like a robot... but honestly, I heard worse covers.

Spec
05.04.11
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

climactic
05.04.11
no one at the concert even knew what the song was

fr33convict
05.04.11
"no one at the concert even knew what the song was"

i didn't know it was possible to not know that song

Emim
05.04.11
"Smells Like Teen Spirit is not a legendary song in my honest opinion. It's great, sure, but not like a GY!BE song."

Except that it's about a thousand times more "legendary" than any GY!BE song most likely will ever be.

Dev518
05.04.11
WTF is she wearing? I thought she did concerts for young girls. It looks like she's wearing some kind of leather bondage outfit.

Winsomniac
05.04.11
More importantly, why is she having local seizures throughout the performance?


She should really get that checked out.

Satellite
05.04.11
"WTF is she wearing? I thought she did concerts for young girls. It looks like she's wearing some kind of leather bondage outfit."

yeah because that's totally new in pop music....

fish.
05.04.11
I'll listen to this tonight when I get home, but I doubt it's worse than avril lavigne's cover of SOAD

DaveyBoy
05.04.11
Good grief. Hasn't she also covered Poison's 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn'.

Chrisjon89
05.04.11
It wasn't obscenely shithouse really...

But all around the world, people in their late 30s who grew up with the grunge movement are just going FUUUUUUUUUU. Probably being shown the video by their sons and daughters.

ConsiderPhlebas
05.04.11
What fresh hell is this

Satellite
05.04.11
paramore's quasi-cover of at the drive-in was the worst

ConsiderPhlebas
05.04.11
What At the Drive-in song was it

Satellite
05.04.11
one armed scissor

they just did the "i'm a million miles away..." part as the outro for one of their shitty songs. it's on youtube and it's baaaaad.

ConsiderPhlebas
05.04.11
Avril's version of Basket Case still gives me shudders

darnielle
05.04.11
''Smells Like Teen Spirit is not a legendary song in my honest opinion. It's great, sure, but not like a GY!BE song. I never want to see someone cover a GY!BE song unless they can do it justice.''

dispose of your keyboard

lancebramsay
05.04.11
I think people need to set their elitist hate to the side - the cover was fine. Not amazing but it was 3/5 - I think it's time to realize Nirvana are an easy band to cover...

ConsiderPhlebas
05.04.11
They're easy to play, but the vibe rarely translates well.

lancebramsay
05.04.11
I guess since I've grown out of my adolescence, I've grown out of Nirvana as well.

americanmusicmachine
05.04.11
Wasn't nearly as bad as that motherfucker on American Idol guy's cover.

FatChickIrl
05.04.11
Miley Cyrus - Hammer Smashed Face

ffs
05.04.11
i hope she covers stairway to heaven or something and rides this retarded controversy train all the way to the top

ffs
05.04.11
whats that?? some 14 year old drew the mona lisa in MS paint???????? this is an outrage. execute the culprit. this is extremely important.

TheSpirit
05.04.11
i thought she seizured when the electric guitars kicked in - disappointed she didn't

Keyblade
05.04.11
Is she actually singing? Wtf? Can somebody explain to me the redeeming factors of this cover, and why it isn't akin to drunken karaoke? At least the American Idol guy had some semblance of a singing voice present...his cover just sucked.

fish.
05.04.11
@andcas,
yeah I noticed that. What pisses me off is there's now shitloads of teenage girls posting it on tumblr as a paramore lyric

dimsim3478
05.04.11
This is basically the Nirvana version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" but with Cyrus' terrible, unsuitable vox. Talk about butchering a classic.

omnipanzer
05.04.11
*seizure

omnipanzer
05.04.11
"Smells Like Teen Spirit is not a legendary song in my honest opinion. It's great, sure, but not like a GY!BE song. I never want to see someone cover a GY!BE song unless they can do it justice. I couldn't care less if some 5 year old covered Team Spirit and screwed the thing up. I totally agree, it's not an untouchable song."


WTF North0House2?!? There are so many things wrong with that statement I don't even know where to begin. Oh, yes I do its teen not team...

RangerTaffles
05.04.11
Dear gawd ...

DoubtGin
05.04.11
wasn't horrible

ConsiderPhlebas
05.04.11
Untouchable songs are my favouritist of all

Hep Kat
05.04.11
wasn't too bad. i agree that her voice is suited pretty well for it. idk. it's just nirvana. that song is like the easiest thing to play on guitar of all time, so there's been millions more horrendous covers far worse than this


and i'd hit that hard, just for the lulz

ConsiderPhlebas
05.04.11
She'd eat you alive

Hep Kat
05.04.11
yeah right, no little girl is going to have her way wi-



oh yeah can't be tamed

conradtao
05.04.11
This really wasn't THAT bad

fish.
05.04.11
It's not a terrible cover but there's still something uncomfortable about it.

conradtao
05.04.11
What, exactly, is wrong with it

Counterfeit
05.04.11
people only have their panties in a bunch cause it's myley. who caressssss. fuck. it's a universally known pop song anyway.

G3N3R1C
05.04.11
sounds like shit.

at least it stays true to the original in that regard.

Electric City
05.04.11
its all the politics man. one of the all time anti-corporate, anti-popular pop songs covered by the girl who represents everything the song is against. it doesn't matter that it sounds alright (even though it doesn't really), it's the fact it exists that's a mind fuck

Counterfeit
05.04.11
thats why it rules
its like, ironically bad, man

Romulus
05.04.11
still that american idol one was so horrible. probably worse than this but i really don't feel like watching it and judging.

arsonist88
05.04.11
People need to calm the fuck down. The only band easier to cover than Nirvana are Blink-182, clearly people haven't seen the 30,000 other youtube videos out there of truly awful, horrible covers of Nirvana and Smells Like Teen Spirit. Do I think it was a dumb and pointless cover? Yes. But it was by no means atrocious, it's just disrespectful for a pop-star like Miley Cyrus to cover an artist who fought against everything pop-stars like her stand for.

KILL
05.04.11
she knows how to rock

austin888
05.04.11
Terrible.

SHAKEandBAKE
05.04.11
This is a disgrace.

Ovrot
05.04.11
Is she legal yet?

FatChickIrl
05.04.11
lol her voice is so pathetic

Counterfeit
05.04.11
hey look austin888 not bumping a 3 year old thread

NigelH
05.04.11
If Cobain hadn't offed himself in 94, he would have offed himself after hearing this.

robertsona
05.04.11
miley's journal entry of they day: "gonna make a bunch of internet kids mad lol"

BallsToTheWall
05.04.11
Got nothing on Madonna guitar synching to Pantera. I liked the cover though.

foreverendeared
05.04.11
Most people is....

Crymsonblaze
05.05.11
It's really not that bad of a cover. There's much worse out there. Smells Like Teen Spirit isn't even a great song to begin with.

Josh D.
05.05.11
I will not listen.

IRubU
05.05.11
pretty fun, coming from her

nick77
05.05.11
I turned it off.

ParEndParenthesis
05.05.11
Well, the song has lost all meaning it could possibly have had when performed like this.
Although from a purely musical point of view, I've heard much worse covers of this song, it wasn't THAT bad.

Metalstyles
05.05.11
I like how Miley is so rebel now that Dave had to put "(Nirvana cover)" in the title just in case.

omnipanzer
05.05.11
lol styles

omnipanzer
05.05.11
Who's the 20' guy standing behind her?

kitsch
05.05.11
anyone saying this wasnt that bad needs to die

the musicians are just as bad as her
shitty playing and shitty stage presence

CelestialDust
05.05.11
you tell em kitsch

Wolfhorde
05.05.11
They seem like a bad school band. I don't like bad school bands.

thumbcrusher
05.05.11
"the musicians are just as bad as her
shitty playing and shitty stage presence"

the music didn't exactly sound a world away from the original

ZippaThaRippa
05.05.11
I liked it.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
05.05.11
WOOOO MILEY!!!!!!!!!!!!

LepreCon
05.06.11
Kurts ashes just spun in the Wishka...

AnotherBrick
05.06.11
Miley is probably the coolest disney chick. covers Nirvana, loves Radiohead, and smokes salvia. REBEL

demigod!
05.06.11
she loves Radiohead? Where did you hear that?

toxin.
05.06.11
Not good, but it really could be worse.

Fieryfenderz
05.06.11
This is art

BSX
05.06.11
Demigod - She wanted to meet Radiohead at the Grammy's one year and they refused and she got all pissed saying she would destroy them

outline
05.06.11
It's weird how pop stars listen to good music... Haley Williams loves At the Drive-In and Refused.

Irving
05.07.11
^ Word.

psykonaut
05.07.11
everybody dies.

TMobotron
05.07.11
"you’d be forgiven for asking “who gives a shit about Miley Cyrus right now?”

Well you’d be forgiven, but you’d also be wrong."

Cant be wrong by asking a question; shit blog post.

jmlemche
05.07.11
she says that this music inspired her... I really can't hear that in her music... btw she totally ruined this song with her annoying texan accent, THIS WAS SOOO BAD!!

wabbit
05.07.11
@andcas I think that was from the band but w/e it is a great line


YouthCat
05.08.11
She didn't ruin this song, Kurt Cobain ruined this song.

erokkmuhlbauer
05.08.11
"She didn't ruin this song, Kurt Cobain ruined this song."
i couldnt agree more

Metamorphosis
05.08.11
Eh, I've heard worse covers.

It's not like this is Nirvana's greatest song or anything.

DJD
05.09.11
I give full credit to the backing band and her costume designer

Awesomesauce
05.09.11
She'll be shooting H and ripping off Melvins tracks in no time.

iamnot
05.09.11
how dare she attempt.

chips85
05.09.11
Everyone seems to rape this song in covers, there was another horrible one on youtube.

HappinessIsAWarmGun
05.10.11
Wonder how many poor, pathetic teenage girls had no idea what song this was? They probably went home and was like "OMG OMG DID YOU HEAR THAT NEW MILEY SONG 'SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT'???"

subliminalnirvanaist
05.11.11
This is so piss poor. Exactly like Avril's cover of Metallica's Fuel. A total rape attempt at the song


YouthCat
05.11.11
^Avril covered fuel? Ive gotta look into that.

smallz362
05.12.11
I can't believe she tried to cover this...

Iai
05.12.11
This isn't that bad.

wittwright
05.13.11
the actual cover wasn't that horrible, the fact that she covered it is horrible. all the people who take grunge too seriously will have a heart-attack upon seeing this

Omaha
05.13.11
I didn't find anything terrible about this. I liked this about as much as I liked the original- not much to live up to, but nevertheless, she did it.

barbarian
05.14.11
Miley is decent. I always thought Party in the USA was a really really sweet track.

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