It’s been nearly 20 years since Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain killed himself – he’s as far removed from today’s high schoolers as Glenn Miller was from the Baby Boomers. What do they think of the grunge legend? That’s what YouTube stars the Fine Bros. decided to find out.
In the latest installment of their popular React series, the brothers videotaped a group of teens while playing them the music videos for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Heart Shaped Box," as well as the MTV Unplugged version of "About a Girl." What did they think? Given what you might assume about teens’ opinions on things that happened before they were born, the result was surprising – they liked it!
“Teen Spirit” will likely be played on the radio until Frances Bean is retirement age; all of the high schoolers knew it, even if they couldn’t quite understand the words. The other songs were slightly less familiar, but earned positive reviews for their raw intimacy, the same thing that drew teens to Nirvana in the ’90s.
Curiously, though most kids knew Cobain had died, few knew that he had killed himself; the passage of time has elevated Kurt into the pantheon of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison – a symbol of a fallen rock god more than a real person.
But even if they didn’t know much about him, nearly all the teens swooned at his crushing good looks. In the words of one girl: “He was like, really attractive. That’s creepy, ’cause he’s dead.”
Watch the video above, and try to figure out why none of them has any idea what the word “grunge” means.
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