Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ And Um… Not The Brightest Moment In Music History

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As reported by Louder, rock act Red Hot Chili Peppers recently performed as part of a special benefit concert, and during that performance, they covered the Nirvana song “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Given that this track is such an iconic work of angsty mood, how well did Red Hot Chili Peppers do in capturing the original’s atmosphere? Well…. uhh… they certainly captured something.

Even though “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is a grunge anthem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ version of this track is much funkier sounding. On top of that, the vocal performances pertaining to this cover, well… let’s say they do not mesh super smoothly with that of the original song’s vibe.

Listen, it is cool of any band to give it a try in covering another band’s song (we love to see it). However, not every cover is a mind-blowing work of musical interpretation. You can check out the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing the Nirvana song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” below. Let us know in the comments what you think of this cover – did the band do a good job by your standards?

In other news related to Nirvana, did you hear that Smashing Pumpkin’s Billy Corgan called out the band for stealing his guitar sound? Also, speaking of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the late Kurt Cobain was apparently not a big fan of the band’s album Nevermind. Among the comments he has made about the record, Cobain shared the following:  “Looking back on the production of Nevermind, I’m embarrassed by it. It sounds closer to a Mötley Crüe record than it is to a punk rock album.” To learn more about Kurt’s thoughts on Nevermind, follow the link below.

Kurt Cobain Did Not Like 'Nevermind'

When it comes to other covers that have made quite the impression on us, have you seen King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and Toyah cover Slipknot‘s “Psychosocial”? There’s also a pop-punk cover of Metallica‘s “Master of Puppets” (which is wild).

Someone Made a Pop Punk Version of Master Of Puppets and It's Uh, Well, Yeah.

King Crimson's Robert Fripp + Toyah Cover Slipknot's 'Psychosocial' And Oh Boy...